Newbie Seeking Ident

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notmyidea
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Newbie Seeking Ident

Post: # 1070Post notmyidea
Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:19 pm

Hi!

Brand new to this whole ant keeping business!! I've always been fascinated with insects and am excited to try this out.

I've been doing a lot of research, reading and watching videos, to understand the process.
I've spent the last few days out looking for queens and I think I have found two but being new to this, I am not sure. My guess is that each of these are Camponotus herculeanus queens (if they are indeed queens). I live in the Pacific Northwest Area of North America. Sorry for the pour quality of the pictures!

Exhibit A:
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This second one still has wings but she keeps cleaning her abdomen so I am assuming she's mated.

Exhibit B:
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I've put both in test tube set-ups. So can any experts confirm my hypothesis? Thank you!!!
Jason

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Re: Newbie Seeking Ident

Post: # 1071Post notmyidea
Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:26 pm

Hopefully Images will show now:

Exhibit A:
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Exhibit B:
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Re: Newbie Seeking Ident

Post: # 1073Post Ants4fun
Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:57 pm

Actually those are Formica. Possibly Formica fusca.

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Re: Newbie Seeking Ident

Post: # 1085Post notmyidea
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:29 pm

Thanks for the responses. I definitely agree, a Formica species. I am tending towards fusca but could very well be cinerea.

The second queen has already taken off her wings (after a few hours)!! :)

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Re: Newbie Seeking Ident

Post: # 1201Post antscanada
Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:29 pm

Definitely Formica queen, but as for species it will take a really knowledgeable pro to pin that. There are so many Formica species that look the same and come from the same place.

Hopefully until then you can be ok with just Formica sp for ID. Most Formica have the same care and requirements anyway.
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