Help identifying queen

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hellofromargentina
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Help identifying queen

Post: # 35934Post hellofromargentina
Mon May 14, 2018 6:06 pm

hi, im new here and fairly new to ant keeping. I catched a queen ant 5 months ago and i wanted help identifying her species. if anyone can help me i'll be very gratefull. here i leave some specs to help figuring it out:
photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/xxCAxUF3mSw1zv298
locality: Buenos Aires, Argentina. in my backyard.
date that i cought her: 29/12/2017
body length: 10mm
if you need any more information just ask for it.
Thank you very much :D .

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BleedingRaindrops
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Re: Help identifying queen

Post: # 35942Post BleedingRaindrops
Mon May 14, 2018 11:53 pm

Can you get some high focus shots of her head with better lighting? There are a lot of small details there that can help narrow it down.
Ants kept
Nylanderia sp.
Camponotus sp.
Paratrechina Longicornis
Pheidole sp.

hellofromargentina
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Re: Help identifying queen

Post: # 35959Post hellofromargentina
Tue May 15, 2018 7:37 am

BleedingRaindrops wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 11:53 pm
Can you get some high focus shots of her head with better lighting? There are a lot of small details there that can help narrow it down.
I'll try to get an actual camera and brb :lol:, thanks

hellofromargentina
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Re: Help identifying queen

Post: # 35992Post hellofromargentina
Tue May 15, 2018 3:35 pm

BleedingRaindrops wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 11:53 pm
Can you get some high focus shots of her head with better lighting? There are a lot of small details there that can help narrow it down.
im sorry, this is all i could get https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ywj2grV2M7GMD3JZ8

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Help identifying queen

Post: # 35993Post Batspiderfish
Tue May 15, 2018 4:10 pm

Probably Pheidole, but difficult to tell without better detail.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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BleedingRaindrops
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Re: Help identifying queen

Post: # 35995Post BleedingRaindrops
Tue May 15, 2018 6:01 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 4:10 pm
Probably Pheidole, but difficult to tell without better detail.
I wondered about Pheidole, but I didn't think they got that big. Largest Pheidole queen I've ever seen was 8mm.

Also welcome back.
Ants kept
Nylanderia sp.
Camponotus sp.
Paratrechina Longicornis
Pheidole sp.

Proverbs66
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Re: Help identifying queen

Post: # 35999Post Proverbs66
Tue May 15, 2018 6:28 pm

Maybe its a species of Formica due to how glossy the exoskeleton is
Let us remember that even though ants are wonderful creatures, even more magnificent is their creator 😌

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Help identifying queen

Post: # 36000Post Batspiderfish
Tue May 15, 2018 7:09 pm

Proverbs66 wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 6:28 pm
Maybe its a species of Formica due to how glossy the exoskeleton is
Since this queen has two petiole nodes (waist segments), that would put her in the Myrmicinae subfamily (acorn ants, harvester ants, fire ants, etc.) Formica have one petiole node and belong to Formicinae (carpenter ants, rover ants, crazy ants.) Formica are also not present in South America, nor in most of the southern hemisphere.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

Proverbs66
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Re: Help identifying queen

Post: # 36021Post Proverbs66
Wed May 16, 2018 5:53 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 7:09 pm
Proverbs66 wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 6:28 pm
Maybe its a species of Formica due to how glossy the exoskeleton is
Since this queen has two petiole nodes (waist segments), that would put her in the Myrmicinae subfamily (acorn ants, harvester ants, fire ants, etc.) Formica have one petiole node and belong to Formicinae (carpenter ants, rover ants, crazy ants.) Formica are also not present in South America, nor in most of the southern hemisphere.
I see, lol I guess I still have a lot to learn
Let us remember that even though ants are wonderful creatures, even more magnificent is their creator 😌

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