Queen identification? Dallas, TX USA - May 22nd

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Ants4lifeee
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Location: Dallas, TX

Queen identification? Dallas, TX USA - May 22nd

Post: # 36352Post Ants4lifeee
Fri May 25, 2018 6:19 pm

I caught her in the middle of a Walmart parking lot at around 8pm in Dallas. Took her home and put her in a test tube set up and she started laying eggs right away! She's about 5 /16" or 8mm long.

Here is an album:

https://imgur.com/gallery/cUYx36f

PTasker15
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Re: Queen identification? Dallas, TX USA - May 22nd

Post: # 38541Post PTasker15
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:03 am

Solenopsis Invicta
My current ants
Pogonomyrmex Barbatus
Psudomyrmex Graccilis
Temnothroax Longiveps
Tetramourium Bicarinatum
Pheidole Moerens
Pheidole Obscuriothorax
Brachymyrmex Patgonicus
Camponotus Decipens,And Castanus.

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Queen identification? Dallas, TX USA - May 22nd

Post: # 38583Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:51 pm

Most likely Solenopsis invicta, but if she is really that dark, it could be one of the color forms of Solenopsis xyloni. Texas is one of the few places where these species overlap after RIFA eradicated S. xyloni to the east.
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