WA QUEEN ID

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Mortamir
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Location: Washington

WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34567Post Mortamir
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:13 pm

I haven't seen anymore ants like this around, she has some eggs but that is about all. I just got her up from hibernation, her tube was completely dry, trying to get her to move to new tube now.

Any input would be appreciated.

Western WA 6-7 mm, Septish 2017

Caught above 1100 feet,

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Keeper of:
Camponotus Laevigatus
Formica sp.
Lasius Flavus
Camponotus Modoc
Polyrhacis Dives
Camponotus friedae

CherrieEvolved
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Location: Seattle

Re: WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34568Post CherrieEvolved
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:26 pm

I have one like her. Some sort of myrmica i believe. They are semi-claustral!! Feed her!!
Keeper of:
Formica Sp
Myrmica Sp

Founding:
4x Formica Sp
1x Camponotus Sp

Mortamir
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Location: Washington

Re: WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34569Post Mortamir
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:29 pm

Ya I will give here a spot of honey, I really wish she would move.
Keeper of:
Camponotus Laevigatus
Formica sp.
Lasius Flavus
Camponotus Modoc
Polyrhacis Dives
Camponotus friedae

CherrieEvolved
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Location: Seattle

Re: WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34570Post CherrieEvolved
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:51 pm

Gotta get her a little protien too! Just hook the good test tube upbwith tape, poke holes, and youre good!
Keeper of:
Formica Sp
Myrmica Sp

Founding:
4x Formica Sp
1x Camponotus Sp

Mortamir
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Location: Washington

Re: WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34571Post Mortamir
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:49 pm

Do you have a Myrmica colony?

Can I see a picture of it?
Keeper of:
Camponotus Laevigatus
Formica sp.
Lasius Flavus
Camponotus Modoc
Polyrhacis Dives
Camponotus friedae

Formicine
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Location: Nevada

Re: WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34574Post Formicine
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:08 am

Mortamir wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:13 pm
I haven't seen anymore ants like this around, she has some eggs but that is about all. I just got her up from hibernation, her tube was completely dry, trying to get her to move to new tube now.

Any input would be appreciated.

Western WA 6-7 mm, Septish 2017

Caught above 1100 feet,

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Pogonimyrmex Occidentalis would be my guess. It looks really similar to the one I have.

Mortamir
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Location: Washington

Re: WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34578Post Mortamir
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:32 am

It really does look like Pogonimyrmex Occidentalis, but I live in the foot hills of western WA and it is not anything like a desert, though the distribution map I looked at also said they can live over here to.
I would really like it to be harvester ant :D
Keeper of:
Camponotus Laevigatus
Formica sp.
Lasius Flavus
Camponotus Modoc
Polyrhacis Dives
Camponotus friedae

Mortamir
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Location: Washington

Re: WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34581Post Mortamir
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:51 am

I am going to try for a good picture from the side. It seems to me if I can see if she has that little spike, it should determine whether she is a Pogonimyrmex Occidentalis or a myrmica.
If anyone knows of another major determining factor please yell it out.

She does seem to be a to small to be a Pogonimyrmex though. I will measure her again tonight to make sure I got an accurate number.
Keeper of:
Camponotus Laevigatus
Formica sp.
Lasius Flavus
Camponotus Modoc
Polyrhacis Dives
Camponotus friedae

CherrieEvolved
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Location: Seattle

Re: WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34582Post CherrieEvolved
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:53 am

Here is a pic of my queen. Gaster is huge due to constant feed.
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Here is an earlier picture of her. Bad quality but she definitely looked more like yours at this point
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Keeper of:
Formica Sp
Myrmica Sp

Founding:
4x Formica Sp
1x Camponotus Sp

Mortamir
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Location: Washington

Re: WA QUEEN ID

Post: # 34583Post Mortamir
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:59 am

Wow, that first picture looks like she has that little spike behind her abdomen.

What do you think?
Keeper of:
Camponotus Laevigatus
Formica sp.
Lasius Flavus
Camponotus Modoc
Polyrhacis Dives
Camponotus friedae

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