TINY golden ants!

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TINY golden ants!

Post: # 14949Post BleedingRaindrops
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:12 pm

I was meeting with my life counselor last month and happened to notice a tiny golden dot scurrying around on her coffee table. I get excited by all sorts of tiny critters and I thought it was a mite or a small spider. But when I let my eyes adjust, I recognised the segmented body of an ant, as well as six legs extending from the thorax, and two little antennae from the head. I was amazed. The smallest ants I'd ever seen were a tetramorium species at 1.5mm. This little guy is less than a milimeter long, I'd guess about o.5-0.8mm. I had to zoom all the way in with my camera and he was moving a lot so the picture is blurry, but here's what I got:
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That's amazing. I found more and they're all that color, and just a few weeks ago I found one with wings. That one was about 1mm long. Crazy how small they are. Does anyone know what species this is? I'm on Okinawa, Japan. I'm really curious, and would love to raise a colony of these guys. Their color is just so beautiful.
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Re: TINY golden ants!

Post: # 15003Post Annexis
Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:22 pm

Im not sure at all if this is the ant, but to me it seems like you are describing Monomorium pharaonis. Im not super sure, but small golden ants kinda made me think about that. I would look into it. :D

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Re: TINY golden ants!

Post: # 15005Post Nathant
Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:58 pm

Wow, that is TINY :shock: ! This reminds me of when I somehow found a Brachymyrmex colony. Not even kidding, you would not be able to see them without stopping to observe something directly next to it, and you would STILL think it was your eyes tricking you. But I'm afraid I cant help with the species, I live on the whole other side of the planet. :mrgreen: Antweb.org can be a good site to identify your queen though, but there might not even be much known about this species because of its crazy size!
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Re: TINY golden ants!

Post: # 15011Post BleedingRaindrops
Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:24 am

Annexis wrote:Im not sure at all if this is the ant, but to me it seems like you are describing Monomorium pharaonis. Im not super sure, but small golden ants kinda made me think about that. I would look into it. :D
I considered monomorium pharaonis because they are said to be the smallest ants, but they have an average length of 2mm and they tend to have a slightly darkened gaster. If anything, the gasters on these guys were brighter than the rest of their body, and none of them is anywhere near 2mm. I think they might be Plagiolepis alluaudi but I'll have to get some better pictures before I can be sure.
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Nylanderia sp.
Camponotus sp.
Paratrechina Longicornis
Pheidole sp.

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Re: TINY golden ants!

Post: # 16220Post SpeciesK
Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:07 am

Maybe you discovered a new species! Or genus! You can call them Bleedingmyrmex raindropsensis and then you can get it made official with the Ant Name Authorities. :)

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Re: TINY golden ants!

Post: # 16310Post larynx
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:45 pm

That......is.....super...tiny. nice find. Now to find the queen.
A better pic may help with the ID. Also i have placed this topic in the ant ID center to help.
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