are their more acorn ants?

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are their more acorn ants?

Post: # 36516Post antnest8
Tue May 29, 2018 5:51 pm

I found a colony of ants in an acorn while on vacation (in the same state) three days ago . I thought they were temnothorax until today when i saw their queen which was definitely not in the subfamily Myrmicinae. are their any ants that live in acorns other than temnothorax?
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Re: are their more acorn ants?

Post: # 37143Post JustCliff
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:18 pm

I have two colonies of temnothorax curvispinusus, both queens look different. Can you post a picture of yours?

One looks like, and could be, a larger worker (Similar coloration on the thorax, yellowish brown with dark spots) Very Similar to link below, I don't have a picture of her ready. This species is known to create a new queen from a worker if theirs is lost.
http://www.antwiki.org/wiki/images/thumb/e/ed/Temnothorax_curvispinosus_queen%2C_Groton%2C_Massachusetts_%28Tom_Murray%29.JPG/400px-Temnothorax_curvispinosus_queen%2C_Groton%2C_Massachusetts_%28Tom_Murray%29.JPG

And another that is entirely brown with blackish lines on the thorax rather than the blobs like the one above, which I do have a picture of. You can also see the lines well on the alate pupae that are circled.
https://ibb.co/j3fR7o
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Re: are their more acorn ants?

Post: # 37476Post JustCliff
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:33 am

I recently came across this species, they also live in acorns. Maybe this is what you've got?

http://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Ponera_pennsylvanica
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Re: are their more acorn ants?

Post: # 37519Post JustCliff
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:46 pm

JustCliff wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:18 pm
(Similar coloration on the thorax, yellowish brown with dark spots)
Correcting myself, I don't know why I said thorax, I meant abdomen :oops:
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