3-4mm black Queen

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Saeyoung
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3-4mm black Queen

Post: # 22240Post Saeyoung
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:24 pm

My buddy and I were out looking for camponotus when we found these little ants accidentally. He kicked over a log and it broke apart and shattered, sending little black ants everywhere. There were multiple Queens (without wings) which means this is a polygyne nest/species, I think. They were crammed in to a rather small section of the log, the workers are 1-2mm and the queens are 3-4 depending on which individual you measure. Because their home was destroyed I managed to pick up workers, three queens, and a bunch of eggs and brood. I've never seen such tiny ants, I'm so curious about what they are.
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Re: 3-4mm black Queen

Post: # 22241Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:43 pm

Tapinoma sessile
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Re: 3-4mm black Queen

Post: # 22243Post Saeyoung
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:50 pm

Oh so 'these' are Tapinoma! Neat!

Thanks again Batspiderfish!
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Re: 3-4mm black Queen

Post: # 22246Post Aquaexploder
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:09 pm

Congratulations on your find! For identifying all I know is they are not Camponotus. The way I know that is that most Camponotus are not polygyne. Just figured I'd share that :D .
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Re: 3-4mm black Queen

Post: # 22247Post Saeyoung
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:32 pm

Yup! They are also 'way' too small to actually be camponotus. I'm after noveboracensis but I keep running in to everything else that lives under bark and in older decaying logs. I don't actually think they're flying where I am yet, I just like to go out every two - three days and check. Today I found Tapinoma, lol.
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