Camponotus Sp.? Help Identify Please

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JustCliff
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Camponotus Sp.? Help Identify Please

Post: # 38255Post JustCliff
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:21 am

Caught a very small colony, only a few workers and some brood of all stages. They were under a piece of bark so I'm assuming they're camponotus.
They are in an AC Test Tube Portal which has a chamber width of 1 inch, I've also added a picture with a tape measure.

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Anyone got any clue?
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Temnothorax Curvispinosus x2
Camponotus Nearcticus
Brachymyrmex Depilis

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Camponotus Sp.? Help Identify Please

Post: # 38278Post Batspiderfish
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:10 pm

Most likely Camponotus nearcticus.
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Re: Camponotus Sp.? Help Identify Please

Post: # 38335Post JustCliff
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:11 am

After reading up on this species a little more, I think you're right. The size and wide range of worker sizes fits. I can see the little hairs spoken of, though my pictures don't show them.

I actually called them small carpenter ants when I caught them just because of where they were and how they looked but also thought they looked like Lasius, I didn't know C. Nearcticus existed. I appreciate you taking the time to identify them! :geek:

They just moved into their test tube and took their brood with them. I think they're going to do just fine.
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Camponotus Nearcticus
Brachymyrmex Depilis

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Camponotus Pennsylvanicus

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Re: Camponotus Sp.? Help Identify Please

Post: # 38368Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:39 am

They make quite the impression when you see them for the first time. Camponotus caryae is another possibility, but that species will have standing hairs on its gena (cheeks).
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Re: Camponotus Sp.? Help Identify Please

Post: # 38385Post JustCliff
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:40 pm

Something that stood out to me was that the workers look just like a scaled down queen, which doesn't seem to be the case in most other species I've come across. If the colony wasn't so young and she had a few majors, I don't think I'd of been able to pick out the queen.

Apart from gamergate species, I think this species has the least discernible difference between the workers and queens that I've seen. The only real difference is the size of her mesosoma. All of the workers share the elongated abdomen that she has, they all kinda look a little bloated.

I'll have to check for the cheek hairs when I get home.
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Camponotus Pennsylvanicus

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