Queen ID caught 07/15/18 11mm southern Ontario

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MorbidBugg
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Queen ID caught 07/15/18 11mm southern Ontario

Post: # 41298Post MorbidBugg
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:33 pm

And here we go I'm 90% sure shes Formica Sp. but it's always good to ask and take away that 10% worry.

https://imgur.com/a/CShXCRw

Thoughts?
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artulark
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Re: Queen ID caught 07/15/18 11mm southern Ontario

Post: # 41310Post artulark
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:41 pm

Most definitely a Formica sp. of some sort. Actually looks like Formica fusca to me.
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Re: Queen ID caught 07/15/18 11mm southern Ontario

Post: # 41312Post TheRealAntMan
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:46 pm

Looks like Formica to me to, just not sure about F. Fusca.
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MorbidBugg
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Re: Queen ID caught 07/15/18 11mm southern Ontario

Post: # 41315Post MorbidBugg
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:11 pm

Yeah they definitely are not my best pictures I was in a rush (combination of wanting to get her set up quickly and the fact I was in between errands) and saw her scurrying awfully close to a hunting tetramorium colony... and I've seen what they can do to a queen... so it was a quick photoshoot and off to chores updated pictures soon.
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MorbidBugg
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Re: Queen ID caught 07/15/18 11mm southern Ontario

Post: # 41319Post MorbidBugg
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:05 pm

so that proved difficult, just one... she was not very happy with the light which is not to suprising, its just a silhouette kinda shot but it shows the hairs on her gaster and some of the hairs on the legs... plastic tubes do not make great settings for pictures.

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MorbidBugg
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Re: Queen ID caught 07/15/18 11mm southern Ontario

Post: # 41437Post MorbidBugg
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:59 pm

Last ones for now, had a thunderstorm so lighting was bad but better than last night .

https://imgur.com/a/WSIoipx
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Re: Queen ID caught 07/15/18 11mm southern Ontario

Post: # 41438Post TheRealAntMan
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:10 pm

Based of the shininess then yes it is Formica Fusca.
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MorbidBugg
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Re: Queen ID caught 07/15/18 11mm southern Ontario

Post: # 41459Post MorbidBugg
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:55 am

Thanks. Come to think of it her and the few others I saw dart passed Me were exceptionally shiny even for ants.. didn't even dawn on me to post that observation.
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