ID Queen East Lansing

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PhatGaster
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ID Queen East Lansing

Post: # 20132Post PhatGaster
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:02 am

I found these ant in a cluster around the queen outside huddled against a corner wall on MSU campus East Lansing MI. There black with kinda a red sheen to them. There 11 mm long and and are really quick and active. I can't really see the petiole but the antenna only have one distinctive joint and are usually held at 90 degree angle. Um there legs looked alil longer than other species I've seen but I'm no expert could be subjective. That's all I have. Here she is with some of her workers I took.
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And here's the cluster they formed when I found them
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Thanks for your help
Beginner keeper of Prenolepis Imparis and Formica pallidefulva. Would appreciate all the help I can

PhatGaster
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Re: ID Queen East Lansing

Post: # 20133Post PhatGaster
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:05 am

CLARIFICATION: the queen is 11 mm long and the workers 8 to 9 mm
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Re: ID Queen East Lansing

Post: # 20143Post Martialis
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:11 am

Formica sp., I believe.
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Batspiderfish
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Re: ID Queen East Lansing

Post: # 20150Post Batspiderfish
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:06 am

Formica from the pallidefulva group.
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Re: ID Queen East Lansing

Post: # 20158Post PhatGaster
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:17 pm

Thank you so much. What species name for Formica sp. ? I wanna look up pics to compare with Formica pallidefulva
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Re: ID Queen East Lansing

Post: # 20160Post Batspiderfish
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:26 pm

PhatGaster wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:17 pm
Thank you so much. What species name for Formica sp. ? I wanna look up pics to compare with Formica pallidefulva
You must use a species key. Photographs will fail you.
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Re: ID Queen East Lansing

Post: # 20195Post PhatGaster
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:48 pm

Okay thank you, good to know. I'd still like to know the full spelled out name to reseach info on them and use with a species key. I'd like to know for certain what species she is.
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Re: ID Queen East Lansing

Post: # 20203Post PhatGaster
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:47 am

I'm sorry :shock: I just now researched what sp. means taxonomically. I'm going to assume my queen is Formica pallidefulva after all. Thanks for all the help! :D
Beginner keeper of Prenolepis Imparis and Formica pallidefulva. Would appreciate all the help I can

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