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Maryland March 5 4mm

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:26 pm
by DrPants
I caught this queen when her colony decided to move her into a cereal box in my cupboard. I quickly tossed her and some workers in a ziplock with a test tube setup and she has started laying eggs after just a couple days.

4-5mm long, Maryland, Caught March 5

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Re: Maryland March 5 4mm

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:32 pm
by Martialis
The queen or workers?

Re: Maryland March 5 4mm

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:34 pm
by DrPants
The queen

Re: Maryland March 5 4mm

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:37 pm
by Batspiderfish
Tapinoma sessile.

Re: Maryland March 5 4mm

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:11 pm
by DrPants
thank you

Re: Maryland March 5 4mm

Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:03 am
by SpeciesK
Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapinoma_sessile) says:
"Little is known about the lifespan of the ant, though it has been shown that queens live at least 8 months (and probably much longer), workers at least a few months (and show every indication of living as long as queens), while males appear to live only approximately a week."
So you could be the one who tells science how long they live.

Re: Maryland March 5 4mm

Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:45 pm
by Batspiderfish
My colony lived for five years before a hibernation accident killed them.