NJ, USA, 7/16/18, 13mm

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AmatureAnt
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NJ, USA, 7/16/18, 13mm

Post: # 41390Post AmatureAnt
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:26 pm

Hey guys,
I was sitting on my porch this afternoon, and this little one ran across my feet! She looks like a Camponotus, but her colors are weird. Maybe she is just a little dirty? Any help identifying this lady would be awesome. Thanks in advance!

Location: New Jersey, USA
Date:7/16/18 2pm
Length: 13mm

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Founding:
9x T. Immigrans.
Formica subsericea.

Keeping:
2x C. Pennsylvanicus.
T. Immigrans.
Camponotus Subbarbatus.

AmatureAnt
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Re: NJ, USA, 7/16/18, 13mm

Post: # 41579Post AmatureAnt
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:43 am

Bump/Update
Hey guys,
When i went to check on her today, she seems to have lost the "gray" she had on her. She was probably dirty. Im pretty sure she is C. Pennsylvanicus now, but still just looking for clarification. Sorry my photo sucks.

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Founding:
9x T. Immigrans.
Formica subsericea.

Keeping:
2x C. Pennsylvanicus.
T. Immigrans.
Camponotus Subbarbatus.

kykel09
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Re: NJ, USA, 7/16/18, 13mm

Post: # 41581Post kykel09
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:01 am

Definitely not Camponotus. Too small and she's got too much pubescence on her gastor for Camponotus P. But, she is a bit large for Lasius and they tend to fly another month out this far north. Most likely she's a Formica. Mid July, large black ant with shiny pubescence, that'd be what I'd bet. Narrowing it down from there can be tricky though. I'll see what I can find. The large bands she has are quite interesting. She' very dark black, and shiny. At first glance, I'd say Formica fusca. They call them the silky ant because of that gray shiny look they have, almost like silk. Could also be Formica subsericea. They have more prominent black bands on their gastors.

For now, until it's narrowed down, I would call it a Formica sp. Maybe someone with more Formica species experience can help you narrow it down more. I only just caught my first Formica this year.

Formica subsericea
http://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Formica_subsericea
https://bugguide.net/node/view/243156

Formica fusca
http://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Formica_fusca
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formica_fusca

Care sheet
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1031/4421/files/Formica-fusca.pdf
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Owns:
Lasius Neoniger
Camponotus Noveborecensis
Camponotus Nearcticus
Solenopsis Molesta (7 queen colony)
Phiedole Bicarinata (3 queen colony)

WIP:
Lasius Claviger (parasite queen)

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Re: NJ, USA, 7/16/18, 13mm

Post: # 41586Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:15 am

Formica subsericea

I wouldn't say the gasters of Camponotus pennsylvanicus are pretty hairy!
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AmatureAnt
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Re: NJ, USA, 7/16/18, 13mm

Post: # 41597Post AmatureAnt
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:35 am

You guys are amazing. Thank you so much.
Founding:
9x T. Immigrans.
Formica subsericea.

Keeping:
2x C. Pennsylvanicus.
T. Immigrans.
Camponotus Subbarbatus.

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Re: NJ, USA, 7/16/18, 13mm

Post: # 41641Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:11 pm

kykel09 wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:01 am
At first glance, I'd say Formica fusca.

Formica fusca
http://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Formica_fusca
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formica_fusca

Care sheet
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1031/4421/files/Formica-fusca.pdf
I agree with Formica Subsericea as F. Fusca have shinier, less hairy gasters.
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