Ant ID Help Southern US possible Pharoh or Thief ant.

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Mattisius
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Ant ID Help Southern US possible Pharoh or Thief ant.

Post: # 38177Post Mattisius
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:54 pm

I’m new to ant keeping and I was working outside and saw what I originally thought might be a queen. Now I’m not so sure. I live in central Mississippi and I found this ant crawling in a drive way near the house and a wooded area. It had just rained a day prior (June 16th), so it was pretty humid. I know the ant looks like Solenopsis molesta or Monomorium pharaonis, but like I said I’m new it could be anything. The ant seems too large (if I measured correctly almost 8mm (see photo))to be a regular worker ant, but it doesn’t have the enlarged thorax like Solenopsis invicta which is the only ant I’m slightly familiar with. Even though I don’t think it’s a queen at this point, I’d still like help IDing for future reference.

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BradleyHall90
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Re: Ant ID Help Southern US possible Pharoh or Thief ant.

Post: # 38180Post BradleyHall90
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:22 pm

I think it's tawny or raspberry crazy ant....might be a super major worker

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Re: Ant ID Help Southern US possible Pharoh or Thief ant.

Post: # 38184Post Batspiderfish
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:35 pm

Camponotus castaneus median worker.
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Mattisius
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Re: Ant ID Help Southern US possible Pharoh or Thief ant.

Post: # 38226Post Mattisius
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:16 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:35 pm
Camponotus castaneus median worker.
That’s definitly it. Should’ve known it was a Species if Camponotus, but I’ve only ever seen the Camponotous pennsylvanicus. This ones new to me thank you!

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