3 Queens Caught- need help with ID

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marksaenz
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3 Queens Caught- need help with ID

Post: # 37011Post marksaenz
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:58 am

We need help identifying these queen ants please. Thanks again for all you do to inspire kids to get out and discover nature!

Queen #1 - https://www.dropbox.com/s/n64ozp3rorn4dq9/IMG_2746.JPG?dl=0

Queen#2 - https://www.dropbox.com/s/wanaqx8pyepjelz/IMG_2748.JPG?dl=0

Queen#3 - https://www.dropbox.com/s/5x7pqxwncbz124x/IMG_2750.JPG?dl=0

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Re: 3 Queens Caught- need help with ID

Post: # 37017Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:34 am

Queen 3 kinda looks like Solenopsis invicta, but it's hard to see the ants in any of the pictures. If it is an option, turn off any noise reduction for your camera and try shooting with more light. Also, please be sure to check the rules: ID requests require a measurement as well as the location and pictures.
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.

marksaenz
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Re: 3 Queens Caught- need help with ID

Post: # 37063Post marksaenz
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:30 am

Hello thanks for your help.

I have created a folder of photos for each queen with better lighting.

Here are the other specifics:

Queen #1 - Size: 10mm
Found in El Paso, Texas
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w4nanxzr88gvpkh/AAAU-xcUTWz3pNclEpeWlbmSa?dl=0

Queen #2 - Size: 15mm
Found in El Paso, Texas
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/x419tttsg3wp6x2/AAAIScGVtT6eIzrbKfbarmyBa?dl=0


Queen #3 - Size 16mm
Found in El Paso, TX
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m38pbqn9m1s5ad4/AABCdQjTEMB2y4jBQ6yPNI7Ua?dl=0

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Re: 3 Queens Caught- need help with ID

Post: # 37073Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:17 pm

Those measurements don't look right. I wouldn't be able to tell what the first ant is yet, but the second is Pheidole sp. and the third is Solenopsis sp.
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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Re: 3 Queens Caught- need help with ID

Post: # 37146Post marksaenz
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:23 pm

Ok sorry about measurements.

Queen #1 is 5mm

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Re: 3 Queens Caught- need help with ID

Post: # 37149Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:45 pm

marksaenz wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:23 pm
Ok sorry about measurements.

Queen #1 is 5mm
Thank you! That makes her Brachymyrmex sp.

B. patagonicus
and B. obscurior are difficult to tell apart without close pictures, although I understand that they are small.
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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