A queen found in Finland, Satakunta, 31.5.-18, Formica?

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WyrdAnt
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A queen found in Finland, Satakunta, 31.5.-18, Formica?

Post: # 37141Post WyrdAnt
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:56 pm

I found this ant in a forest while I was camping with my class. She's now in this thing which I believe is a Petri dish in English. That's just temporary, I have not received my test tubes yet.

She's the first queen I've ever catched and I'd like to know what species she might be. She's around 15mm long, coloured black and reddish brown. I'm a bit worried because she hasn't laid any eggs. She also keeps moving around the container like she's searching for something.

I did some searching around the internet and I think se might be part of tje genus Formica? And some species of that genus rob some workers from already existing colonies or live as kind if "pests" in one. So should I go and search for some workers for her? Or is this too big of a challenge for a first timer? If you know something about how to take care of this kind of I'd appreciate help.



Here are some pictures in a Drive folder:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1FyK9pC2-rxbudZb23plQG-X96ZeTmdsI

I tried to get good ones but my camera is not really good, she was very quick and I couldn't open the lid of the container. If the pics don't work, please tell me!

If you need some more information to help with the identification, I'll answer gladly!

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Re: A queen found in Finland, Satakunta, 31.5.-18, Formica?

Post: # 37142Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:06 pm

Camponotus sp.
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