Identification - Rapid City, South Dakota

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Identification - Rapid City, South Dakota

Post: # 5370Post WillWithAnts
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:53 pm

I was walking home and I walked by an ant colony, and I had no idea what species it was. They kind of looked like Red Harvester ants but I didn't think they were this far up in the Midwest. She is about 6mm form mandibles to gaster. She seems to be a major, although, all of her sisters looked the same body size and build as she is.

I just scooped her up yesterday and brought her home. I dropped her back off this afternoon, where she safely returned :D

Any guesses?

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Re: Identification - Rapid City, South Dakota

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Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:53 pm

I would guess Pogonomyrmex (Harvester Ant), but yeah, seems a little too far north, although I'm in Salt Lake City and we have them. You're just little further north in South Dakota.
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Re: Identification - Rapid City, South Dakota

Post: # 5380Post WillWithAnts
Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:32 pm

ooper01 wrote:I would guess Pogonomyrmex (Harvester Ant), but yeah, seems a little too far north, although I'm in Salt Lake City and we have them. You're just little further north in South Dakota.
Thanks for the reassurance! I'll keep an eye on it to see when they fly!
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Re: Identification - Rapid City, South Dakota

Post: # 35223Post AntsDakota
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:59 am

WillWithAnts wrote:
Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:32 pm
ooper01 wrote:I would guess Pogonomyrmex (Harvester Ant), but yeah, seems a little too far north, although I'm in Salt Lake City and we have them. You're just little further north in South Dakota.
Thanks for the reassurance! I'll keep an eye on it to see when they fly!
Pogonomyrmex occodentalis is present in South Dakota.
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