Ant ID!!! WA, Australia. QUEEN OR NOT??????

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AntNoobster
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Ant ID!!! WA, Australia. QUEEN OR NOT??????

Post: # 35285Post AntNoobster
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:33 am

Is this a queen or not? I am nearly certain it's a green-headed ant.(Rhytidoponera metallica)
https://imgur.com/a/ZjO5rxl
Thnx
Last edited by AntNoobster on Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:38 am, edited 2 times in total.
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." Proverbs 6:6-8


Founding:
8x Iridomyrmex sp.
1x Pheidole sp.

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Re: Ant ID!!! WA, Australia. QUEEN OR NOT??????

Post: # 35286Post AntNoobster
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:35 am

If you need another picture feel free to ask! :idea:
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." Proverbs 6:6-8


Founding:
8x Iridomyrmex sp.
1x Pheidole sp.

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Re: Ant ID!!! WA, Australia. QUEEN OR NOT??????

Post: # 35291Post Hitch3
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:28 am

It is a queen! It’s really weird to find one at this time of year, they only fly during spring. And do you want to know what’s weirder? I found one with wings today as well! :D

They are semi claustral, so feeding is required during the founding stage.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvjcyJWitRSztq51HziS0Dg

Keeping:
2x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
2 x Nylanderia sp
Camponotus Consobrinus
Pheidole sp
Rhytidoponera metallica

Founding:
Pheidole sp
2x Cremogaster
12x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
Polyarhis sp

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Re: Ant ID!!! WA, Australia. QUEEN OR NOT??????

Post: # 35314Post AntNoobster
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:38 pm

weird!! are u sure its a queen because it is about the same size as a worker! u think its mated???
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." Proverbs 6:6-8


Founding:
8x Iridomyrmex sp.
1x Pheidole sp.

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Re: Ant ID!!! WA, Australia. QUEEN OR NOT??????

Post: # 35315Post PotatoDelight
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:55 pm

Its definitely an alate, at the least. May not have mated, because its still got its wings. I don't know anything about the species though.

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Re: Ant ID!!! WA, Australia. QUEEN OR NOT??????

Post: # 35316Post Hitch3
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:05 pm

Yes, it is a queen. Males of this species are easy to spot as they have really long antennae and have a tiny head with a super thin gaster. Queens and workers are almost identical, except for wing scars and a slightly different gaster shape. It may not have mated, but only time will tell.

I have two theories to how this queen is out”

1. It has been trying to found a colony since spring last year but has failed

2. It has been kicked out from its parent colony before winter hits.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvjcyJWitRSztq51HziS0Dg

Keeping:
2x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
2 x Nylanderia sp
Camponotus Consobrinus
Pheidole sp
Rhytidoponera metallica

Founding:
Pheidole sp
2x Cremogaster
12x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
Polyarhis sp

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Re: Ant ID!!! WA, Australia. QUEEN OR NOT??????

Post: # 35318Post AntNoobster
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:57 pm

thanks so much! especially Hitch3! you helped me with my furnace ants as well
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." Proverbs 6:6-8


Founding:
8x Iridomyrmex sp.
1x Pheidole sp.

Hitch3
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Re: Ant ID!!! WA, Australia. QUEEN OR NOT??????

Post: # 35320Post Hitch3
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:41 am

AntNoobster wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:57 pm
thanks so much! especially Hitch3! you helped me with my furnace ants as well
No problem! :D

Happy to help a fellow Aussie!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvjcyJWitRSztq51HziS0Dg

Keeping:
2x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
2 x Nylanderia sp
Camponotus Consobrinus
Pheidole sp
Rhytidoponera metallica

Founding:
Pheidole sp
2x Cremogaster
12x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
Polyarhis sp

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