Need help identifying

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Comnav24
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Need help identifying

Post: # 34810Post Comnav24
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:12 pm

Hello, so I had a trip for work last week to pick up on of my unit's Aircraft. One of the civilian contractors left the window open on the aircraft and we found these ladies chilling all over the flight deck when we got home. I collected them and suspect they are solenopsis invicta.

Came from Abilene, Texas on March 27th
They're each around 9mm.
For the most part they have all laid a few eggs, but kind of scattered all over the test tube.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LjNfFiKZOrW1cQYK6hU5Gxy3i32kaJi7
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1q5eqTDbYpXyjTVlXH67nTJeDmTJ_dX2j
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Re: Need help identifying

Post: # 34811Post Mortamir
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:14 pm

Can't see the image.
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Comnav24
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Re: Need help identifying

Post: # 34812Post Comnav24
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:15 pm

My apologies fixing it right now. Standby

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Re: Need help identifying

Post: # 34813Post Comnav24
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:18 pm

fixed it as a link, may have to find a different file host for images

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Re: Need help identifying

Post: # 34816Post Comnav24
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:02 pm

Photos up
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Comnav24
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Re: Need help identifying

Post: # 35418Post Comnav24
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:55 pm

Hmmm....well these stowaways aren't doing too well anyway. We had a coldsnap and my roommate left a window open so the loft(where I keep my reptiles and have them stored in a drawer) got really cold, and 3 of them died...been trying to leave them alone, but still dont have a solid ID yet.

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Re: Need help identifying

Post: # 35433Post antnest8
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:45 pm

looks like solenopsis but, i can't tell the species. :?
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Comnav24
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Re: Need help identifying

Post: # 35454Post Comnav24
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:16 am

That's kinda what I figured...I'm starting to think it may have been better to let nature take its course with these ladies :/ two days after we got home and discovered them in various spots on the flight deck we had a cold snap. Over all I'm starting to think even in captivity they won't do well long term :/.

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Re: Need help identifying

Post: # 35464Post Delphie
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:58 pm

If they survive they will do entirely too well. Their colonies are amazingly fast growing and easy to get out of control. The queens pretty much lay around the clock.

Comnav24
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Re: Need help identifying

Post: # 35465Post Comnav24
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:15 am

Checked on them for the first time in a week last night. Only three are still alive at this point and since the cold snap and mass infanticide, no new eggs.

I know they are explosive but I was thinking they'd do fine during the summer, but come winter start having trouble. It's honestly part of the reason we haven't gotten them around here. A couple of plant nurseries had a few colonies in them, but come winter they all died off.

Still I'll continue to check on them from time to time and make sure they have what they need.

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