Need an ID on this ant please

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warhawk373
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Need an ID on this ant please

Post: # 19005Post warhawk373
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:39 pm

My guess is that it's a worker but it was getting dark so I just picked it up just in-case. It was about 1-2mm longer than the ants in the proximity. I found it while it was dragging another ant the same size as itself out of its nest but the ant it was dragging had no head! crazy!

Location: Western Kentucky USA
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Environment: Heavily wooded area
Nest Location: In the dirt, specifically near the roots of a tree
Length: About 9mm from end of gaster to end of head (so not including the legs and antennas)

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JackPayne
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Re: Need an ID on this ant please

Post: # 19006Post JackPayne
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:18 pm

It seems to have a decently large gaster, could be a queen. I'm not sure about the species however.
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warhawk373
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Re: Need an ID on this ant please

Post: # 19007Post warhawk373
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:24 pm

JackPayne wrote:
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:18 pm
It seems to have a decently large gaster, could be a queen. I'm not sure about the species however.
When comparing the gaster to the rest of the body though it's fairly small for a queen, at least that was my observation

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Re: Need an ID on this ant please

Post: # 19008Post JackPayne
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:34 pm

warhawk373 wrote:
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:24 pm
JackPayne wrote:
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:18 pm
It seems to have a decently large gaster, could be a queen. I'm not sure about the species however.
When comparing the gaster to the rest of the body though it's fairly small for a queen, at least that was my observation
I'm tempted to say if it is a queen, it is a semi-claustral species.
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warhawk373
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Re: Need an ID on this ant please

Post: # 19011Post warhawk373
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:56 pm

After some research I think its a camponotus castaneus worker. The queen of that species looks much darker and has a bigger thorax but the worker looks exactly like that. If anyone can confirm or disprove that it would be appreciated.

http://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Camponotus_castaneus

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Re: Need an ID on this ant please

Post: # 19013Post Phoenix
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:24 pm

[Camponotus] Worker
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Re: Need an ID on this ant please

Post: # 19014Post Martialis
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:25 pm

warhawk373 wrote:
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:56 pm
After some research I think its a camponotus castaneus worker. The queen of that species looks much darker and has a bigger thorax but the worker looks exactly like that. If anyone can confirm or disprove that it would be appreciated.

http://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Camponotus_castaneus
You hit the nail on the head. A Camponotus castaneus worker is exactly what this is.
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Canadiananter
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Re: Need an ID on this ant please

Post: # 19015Post Canadiananter
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:27 pm

I would say Camponotus castaneus or perhaps Formica pallidefulva/incerta. A side view would be quite helpful. It is definitely a worker though

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Re: Need an ID on this ant please

Post: # 19017Post xTNxANTMANx
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:23 pm

I caught one of these the other night thinking a possible queen but soon as I seen it from the side in my test tube I knew right away it wasn't. I knew it was a Camponotus sp buy didn't know for sure what kind...now I do :)
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x4
Lasius sp
Tetramorium immigrans x2
Dorymyrmex bureni

Founding:
Formica pallidefulva
Unknown sp x2

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