MD 10/16/16 7mm ID

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MD 10/16/16 7mm ID

Post: # 14153Post AntsMclama
Thu Oct 20, 2016 3:41 pm

I think i caught a Lasius Claviger.
7mm in length
Redish hue to the entire body
Maryland - Frederick

Difficult time with the condensation near the cottonball to get the pictures, she wouldn't leave it!
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Another mandible shot http://puu.sh/rPOhA/526f527f58.JPG
Another side/Eye shot http://puu.sh/rPOjv/73adb5a122.JPG

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Re: MD 10/16/16 7mm ID

Post: # 14154Post Batspiderfish
Thu Oct 20, 2016 5:27 pm

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Re: MD 10/16/16 7mm ID

Post: # 14176Post jsCoder
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:11 pm

Also think it's lasius, but don't think it's lasius latipes, latipes have a first thick legs, on the img queen don't have thick legs

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Re: MD 10/16/16 7mm ID

Post: # 14177Post Batspiderfish
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:56 pm

jsCoder wrote:Also think it's lasius, but don't think it's lasius latipes, latipes have a first thick legs, on the img queen don't have thick legs
A blunt petiolar scale is what differentiates Lasius latipes from Lasius claviger. Lasius latipes has alpha and beta form queens, with the alpha form having the robust legs.

Alpha form:
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Beta form:
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Re: MD 10/16/16 7mm ID

Post: # 14182Post AntsMclama
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:30 pm

Looks like a beta form to me, Heres 2 pictures i took.
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took 2 extra, but i wanted to take these pictures quickly while i was feeding the others.

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Re: MD 10/16/16 7mm ID

Post: # 14183Post Batspiderfish
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:49 pm

Pictures of the profile of the petiole are important, in this case.
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Re: MD 10/16/16 7mm ID

Post: # 14184Post AntsMclama
Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:30 pm

Think i need.. More light!
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Hopefully those will get us a clear understanding. If not, i am currently fine with knowing she is a Lasius Social parasite that is either Latipes or Claviger.

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Re: MD 10/16/16 7mm ID

Post: # 14186Post Batspiderfish
Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:35 pm

Aha! Thank you! :D

This is Lasius claviger, for its sharp petiole.
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