Help! Queen Ant identification, polygynous or not?

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Rob11420
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Help! Queen Ant identification, polygynous or not?

Post: # 39465Post Rob11420
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:29 am

I caught two queens in Greece on 12/06/18 at about 20:00, I only had one test tube setup with me so I put them both in it along with two male elates. The next day there was already a batch of eggs and the queens were grooming each other and getting along well. They are about 6mm long and have an orange/brown thorax. I need to know if they are a polyganous species or not so I can separate them before the first workers eclose. I have some pics but the quality isn’t great. Any help would be very much appreciate! (The photos won’t upload, keeps saying that the board attachment quota has been reached! How do I upload photos?)

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Re: Help! Queen Ant identification, polygynous or not?

Post: # 39492Post Chewylobster45
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:56 pm

Post a photo by putting the photos on a website like Flickr, then paste the link to it on your topic.

Rob11420
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Re: Help! Queen Ant identification, polygynous or not?

Post: # 39562Post Rob11420
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:48 pm

Thank you for the reply :D
I have made a DeviantArt account and uploaded 4 photos there. Hopefully the quality is good enough for an ID. One of the pics has a Lasius Niger queen in it for size comparison.
www.deviantart.com/rob11420/gallery/

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Re: Help! Queen Ant identification, polygynous or not?

Post: # 39573Post Batspiderfish
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:17 pm

Nylanderia sp.
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Rob11420
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Re: Help! Queen Ant identification, polygynous or not?

Post: # 39599Post Rob11420
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:30 pm

Awesome :D thank you so much!
I think they must be Nylanderia vividula then, which I’ve read is polygynous. That’s great news, I can keep them together then :D

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AntsGreece
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Re: Help! Queen Ant identification, polygynous or not?

Post: # 39710Post AntsGreece
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:51 pm

Where in greece? athens? I have found some queens before 2 months but I can't find anymore

Rob11420
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Re: Help! Queen Ant identification, polygynous or not?

Post: # 39803Post Rob11420
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:02 am

I found them on Aegina Island on 12th June and saw a couple more on the 23rd. I also found a Camponotus Queen (not sure on the exact species yet) on the 21st June but I dug her out of her founding chamber so not sure when the nuptial flight was although I did see another Queen with wings still on and of the same species on the 25th but sadly it was dead, someone must have stood on it not long before I got there.

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