Queen identification please!

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beastonyte
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Joined: Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:57 pm
Location: El Paso, Texas

Queen identification please!

Post: # 60939Post beastonyte
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:21 pm

Hello,

Trying to post a queen photo but having difficulty getting an image on here. Found her (7/12/19) in El Paso, Texas on my driveway around dusk. She 7 mm long and adorable. Please help. (I attached a YouTube video link in case the pictures don’t post.)

https://youtu.be/brZtUjt4zwo

[youtube]https://youtu.be/brZtUjt4zwo[/youtube]

sartwell90
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Location: South East Michigan

Re: Queen identification please!

Post: # 60943Post sartwell90
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:44 pm

Looks to me like signature abdominal banding of Solenopsis geminata, which is a species of fire ant. Extremely fast growing voracious colonies that are generally recommended for experienced ant keepers. Reasons being: they love to escape and have a nasty sting, especially if you have or develop an allergy to the stings.
Check out my colonies! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDze5idJomnpRCpvd3QoAFA
Or, if you would rather read about them check here - https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?p=60680#p60680

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