Pavement Ant Queen?

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Xothiliang
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Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47930Post Xothiliang
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:20 pm

I'm new to antkeeping I've tried doing my research, but recently I caught what I believe to be two queen pavement ants. Could someone help me identify? I don't have measurements besides the test tube next to a bottle of "water".

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Sorry for how scuffed up the tube is! It's a plastic one and the only one I currently have, I plan on buying some good glass ones soon!

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47941Post Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:52 pm

Formica sp.
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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47942Post Xothiliang
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:05 pm

Is that what species of ant they are? Still new to all of this.

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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47943Post Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:09 pm

"sp." just means "species". They cannot be identified further from the pictures.
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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47946Post Xothiliang
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:28 pm

Oh! I'm dumb lol. Trying my best not to disturb them, but I got this picture, hope it helps.


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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47958Post Xothiliang
Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:26 pm

Very sorry for all the pictures and double post!

I was using my phone and never really used the camera. But I got a couple better pictures!

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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47963Post idahoantgirl
Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:57 pm

They shouldn't be housed together unless they are polygynous which I don't think Formica is. They will eventually fight to the death.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47965Post Xothiliang
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:12 pm

Oh, okay! I housed them together temporarily anyways. Just caught them together. Thanks for letting me know!

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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47967Post Xothiliang
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:28 pm

Okay, so upon doing more research I believe they may be Formica fusca ants, correct me if I'm wrong.

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Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Post: # 47968Post AntsOfOntario
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:33 pm

Xothiliang wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:28 pm
Okay, so upon doing more research I believe they may be Formica fusca ants, correct me if I'm wrong.
Yes they are.
They can also be together without aggression from my own observations. I too collected duel founding queens and they've raised their first batch of workers (they've been alive for about a week and a half) and still no hostility. It's similar to how people say don't mix up Tetramorium. It's all just a gamble. My friend has been posting about his 4 queen colony for awhile now. They're up to 50 workers and yet again, no hostility. Good luck!

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