Southern Wisconsin Ant ID

Help with identifying the species your ants

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Southern Wisconsin Ant ID

Post: # 40399Post Mandibula
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:25 pm


I'm new to antkeeping, and have been out hunting for queens. I rescued this gal from my pool earlier today, and she's quite unlike any other ants I've seen around here. I'm not quite even sure if she is a queen, but I figured I'd come to the experts to see if I could get an ID on this one.

I caught her in southern Wisconsin, and she is about 9ish mm in length. There are picture of her below, but let me know if there's anything else that would be helpful!

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Re: Southern Wisconsin Ant ID

Post: # 40408Post AntKeeperNewb
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:07 pm

I think that's a velvet ant, not a true ant but a wingless wasp, I hear they have a nasty thing so look out!

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Re: Southern Wisconsin Ant ID

Post: # 40423Post Jaraii
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:41 pm

This video shows a bit about them:

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