Identify species please

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Slewshark
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Identify species please

Post: # 39581Post Slewshark
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:25 pm

Caught another Camponotus and also this one, don’t know if it is another species of camponotus or something else entirly.

Check it out.

https://imgur.com/gallery/nGfJfBR
Ant keeper of:
1 - Formica Fusca
3 - Camponotus pennsylvanicus
21 - Lasius Neoniger

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Identify species please

Post: # 39672Post Batspiderfish
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:57 am

A Formica social parasite. She will need about 6 Formica worker pupae to start a colony.
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.

Slewshark
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Re: Identify species please

Post: # 39738Post Slewshark
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:05 pm

I don’t understand, I have to go out and raid a nest for some pupae? Otherwise she will do nothing? Once she has workers, she will start to lay eggs?
Ant keeper of:
1 - Formica Fusca
3 - Camponotus pennsylvanicus
21 - Lasius Neoniger

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Identify species please

Post: # 39749Post Batspiderfish
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:39 pm

Slewshark wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:05 pm
I don’t understand, I have to go out and raid a nest for some pupae? Otherwise she will do nothing? Once she has workers, she will start to lay eggs?
She doesn't look like a brood-raiding species (although a shot of the clypeus, the front of the head just above the mandibles, would help lay that to rest). Raiding Formica, those from the sanguinea group, don't all become independent after the queen's workers are raised by the host. All social parasites depend on host workers to start their own colonies, and have "forgotten" how to do it themselves.
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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