Help Identify queen Masssachuseetts, USA, Ant queen caught on 7/8/2018

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Romonster
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Help Identify queen Masssachuseetts, USA, Ant queen caught on 7/8/2018

Post: # 40852Post Romonster
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:28 pm

Hey I now have a second queen, she is approximately 10 mm in length, which is one of the most alarming features. Her gastor is is a blackish grey, and the rest of her is more of a red hue. she is very fast, has already laid one egg. Basically, I'm hoping someone can identify this queen, is she claustral or semi claustral, is the species a stinging one, and any other characteristics. I have one clear photo now in this drive folder https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1p-RkyTr-yC1f6XcGleoRI3ll_EE6-za-?usp=sharing I will be going away for a couple days, but when i get back i will take some more photos. I hope that someone can help in the meantime

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Re: Help Identify queen Masssachuseetts, USA, Ant queen caught on 7/8/2018

Post: # 40859Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:35 pm

All I can tell from the photo is that she is Formica sp. It's very dark and not at a particularly useful angle.
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Romonster
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Re: Help Identify queen Masssachuseetts, USA, Ant queen caught on 7/8/2018

Post: # 41198Post Romonster
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:54 am

Alright thank you, i have posted even more photos, and when i came back from vacation and checked today, she tore up pieces of the toilet paper on the bottom and has made like a pathway. Anyway, I hope the new photos are more helpful, i also place a dead cut up earwig in her container, which i hope she will enjoy. Also, she seems to be moving around a lot more then my tetramorium queen, which has basically the same setup, should i decrease the space in her container/ move her to a smaller one? Thank for any much needed answers.
Here is a link to the drive with all the photos of her https://drive.google.com/open?id=1p-RkyTr-yC1f6XcGleoRI3ll_EE6-za-
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Re: Help Identify queen Masssachuseetts, USA, Ant queen caught on 7/8/2018

Post: # 41220Post Batspiderfish
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:58 pm

Thank you! This is a Formica queen from the palludefulva group. She will not need any food until workers arrive, although a little bit of sugary liquid before sealing her in would be nice. She otherwise needs to be left alone as much as possible.
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Re: Help Identify queen Masssachuseetts, USA, Ant queen caught on 7/8/2018

Post: # 41366Post Romonster
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:43 am

Awesome, thank you for letting me know and for your identification. I will do my best to provide her a good environment to lay her brood. Thank you.

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