Ant Identification

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Scyther
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Location: Iowa City

Ant Identification

Post: # 58221Post Scyther
Mon May 13, 2019 1:49 pm

Hi there. I'm new to the ant world and wanted some help identifying this ant. Not sure if shes a queen or a major but I cant seem to determine what species she is. Any help would be appreciated.

(Sorry about the bottle, just got home and saw her during my jog. Also sorry for the crappy pic she does not like to stop moving when I'm trying take a picture of her.)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hv970k99iix4h07/20190513_133816.jpg?dl=0

Scyther
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Re: Ant Identification

Post: # 58222Post Scyther
Mon May 13, 2019 3:11 pm

Image
These images dont seem to like the format... heres another one with her on a cotton ball next to a quarter.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/uynNudLESxqD58BP7

Scyther
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Location: Iowa City

Re: Ant Identification

Post: # 58223Post Scyther
Mon May 13, 2019 3:29 pm

Looked back and realized I forgot to add details.
Iowa City, Iowa
Caught May 13, 2019
I cant tell if there are any wing scars.

Dork1522
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Location: Dayton, Ohio

Re: Ant Identification

Post: # 58225Post Dork1522
Mon May 13, 2019 4:16 pm

Sadly, this is a wasp.

https://www.google.com/search?q=velvet+ant&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjY7qrOtpniAhUNUa0KHWxVCZsQ_AUIDigB&biw=1536&bih=750

Scyther
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Re: Ant Identification

Post: # 58227Post Scyther
Mon May 13, 2019 4:22 pm

Huh this is the first time I've seen a wingless wasp :shock: but one of those images looked similar to her so a guess she is. Ah well. Back to hunting.

JoeHostile1
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Re: Ant Identification

Post: # 58248Post JoeHostile1
Tue May 14, 2019 7:01 am

Dude you’re very lucky that thing didn’t sting you. It’s known as the cow killer.

Dasymutilla occidentalis
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TheRealAntMan
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Re: Ant Identification

Post: # 58298Post TheRealAntMan
Wed May 15, 2019 7:19 pm

JoeHostile1 wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 7:01 am
Dude you’re very lucky that thing didn’t sting you. It’s known as the cow killer.

Dasymutilla occidentalis
Dasymutilla occidentalis? You were able to iD her without a clear view of her antennae or her gaster? Wow.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

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