Queen and Male(probably) Ant IDs Needed

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Hocept
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Queen and Male(probably) Ant IDs Needed

Post: # 36972Post Hocept
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:27 pm

Caught several queens in my pool today lol, hopefully they are alright. All found around the dallas area.

Both of these girls are 9-10mm, were caught today(6/5/18), and broke their wings off in the test tube. Found in my pool.

Pool Queen One:
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Pool Queen Two:
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This queen was found yesterday(6/4/18) and still has her wings. She was found at my local park. She is about 9mm in length.

Park Queen:
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I think the two pool queens are the same species, solenopsis? The park queen I am not sure of, she does look similar to the other two but also seems to have some differences in body shape?

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And finally, I have what I believe is a male, though I could be completely wrong so I am curious if anyone can confirm this and identify his species? He is 7mm, caught today(6/5/18)
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Re: Queen and Male(probably) Ant IDs Needed

Post: # 37000Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:11 am

The second queen is Pheidole sp. and all the rest are Solenopsis invicta, the last one being a male.
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Re: Queen and Male(probably) Ant IDs Needed

Post: # 37013Post Hocept
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:04 am

Thanks! And oh gosh, apparently I have 12 fire ant queens then lol, will probably sell or release most of them I suppose. Are they terribly fast growing? And question about Brachymyrmex queens, do they nest with multiple queens?

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Re: Queen and Male(probably) Ant IDs Needed

Post: # 37015Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:23 am

Brachymyrmex are polygynous most of the time, yes, but you would have to be sure they are the same species.
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Re: Queen and Male(probably) Ant IDs Needed

Post: # 37035Post Hocept
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:38 pm

Awesome! And I also just found this little one, only about 5-6mm and all black. I cant tell if it is a male or a female, and I don't have a clue as to its species, any help here? Again found in the Dallas area, in my pool.

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Re: Queen and Male(probably) Ant IDs Needed

Post: # 37043Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:28 pm

Monomorium sp. queen.
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