Posible Ant queen ID

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EchoMeter4
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Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40487Post EchoMeter4
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:17 pm

So i recently requested id for a posible ant queen i mean i saw wing scars and everything on her but she's tiny (about 0.8mm) Caught her in Querétaro, Mexico that is located near the center of the country. Took some more pictures :) Also that's a temporary setup she will be just a few hours in
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StormDancer
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Re: Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40496Post StormDancer
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:12 pm

That looks a lot like the solenopsis queen I have.
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Re: Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40497Post antsofthelowcountry
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:14 pm

This does look a lot like Solenopsis Queen, however, I cannot ID this for sure .8 mm seems a bit small for the fire ant species. Please check to make sure this measurement is right.
As always, wishing you well on your exciting ant adventure, Ants the Lowcountry.

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Re: Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40499Post StormDancer
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:17 pm

Id be willing to bet she's 0.8 cm not mm as stated above, making her about 8mm in length. Proper size for a solenopsis queen.
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EchoMeter4
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Re: Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40503Post EchoMeter4
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:22 pm

StormDancer wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:17 pm
Id be willing to bet she's 0.8 cm not mm as stated above, making her about 8mm in length. Proper size for a solenopsis queen.
Holy... i stated 0.8 mm wow i'm a dumbass yeah 8mm sorry. My bad heh

antsofthelowcountry
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Re: Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40504Post antsofthelowcountry
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:23 pm

I do not know if Solenopsis Queens can sting however I would caution you to be extremely careful both when founding this colony and transferring the queen into a setup.
As always, wishing you well on your exciting ant adventure, Ants the Lowcountry.

EchoMeter4
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Re: Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40505Post EchoMeter4
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:23 pm

antsofthelowcountry wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:14 pm
This does look a lot like Solenopsis Queen, however, I cannot ID this for sure .8 mm seems a bit small for the fire ant species. Please check to make sure this measurement is right.
Yeah 8mm... huge mistake stating .8mm lol

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Re: Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40506Post EchoMeter4
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:26 pm

antsofthelowcountry wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:23 pm
I do not know if Solenopsis Queens can sting however I would caution you to be extremely careful both when founding this colony and transferring the queen into a setup.
Ok thanks for the info. I'm very very aware of this ants sting so i will try to keep that in mind and will transfer her to a test tube asap. :)

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Re: Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40531Post AntsDakota
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:09 pm

EchoMeter4 wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:17 pm
So i recently requested id for a posible ant queen i mean i saw wing scars and everything on her but she's tiny (about 0.8mm) Caught her in Querétaro, Mexico that is located near the center of the country. Took some more pictures :) Also that's a temporary setup she will be just a few hours in
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It looks like a parasitic Formica queen. She will need a few Formica pupae and/or some Formica workers, of a non-parasitic species.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

EchoMeter4
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Re: Posible Ant queen ID

Post: # 40543Post EchoMeter4
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:58 pm

It looks like a parasitic Formica queen. She will need a few Formica pupae and/or some Formica workers, of a non-parasitic species.
Are you sure she is? Because if she is and treat her as a Solenopsis she won't be able to grow a colony but if i try to do the parasitic process and she really isn't i could hurt her and/or die :S

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