Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

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vstrelow
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Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40030Post vstrelow
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:55 am

Hello, have been waiting to post this ID until I could get an adequate photo. This queen is 6-6.5 mm long and dark brown/black in color. She was found as a nest migrated to a new location and the colony had over 100 queens that I saw, I captured around 20. Most were kept in single tubes, but have had success housing three of them together with at least one of them laying eggs. Most of the single specimens began laying within 24 hrs of being captured, they seem to be quite prolific with the higher producers having upwards of 20 eggs within a day or two. A worker when crushed has a strong smell of funky coconut, I believe they may be Tapinoma sessile, but would like verification. Fingers crossed this photo comes through, they have been very hit or miss lately despite all of them being uploaded in the same manner through a shared album.

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Founding:
14 Tapinoma sessile
4 Tetramorium immigrans
4 Formica pallidefulva
1 Lasius aphidicolus
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus
1 Camponotus subbarbatus

Keeping:
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus

TheRealAntMan
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Re: Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40060Post TheRealAntMan
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:11 am

We can’t see the picture.
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vstrelow
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Re: Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40065Post vstrelow
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:53 am

Image
Founding:
14 Tapinoma sessile
4 Tetramorium immigrans
4 Formica pallidefulva
1 Lasius aphidicolus
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus
1 Camponotus subbarbatus

Keeping:
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus

TheRealAntMan
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Re: Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40081Post TheRealAntMan
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:54 pm

Parasitic Lasius.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

vstrelow
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Re: Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40087Post vstrelow
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:03 pm

I have caught several parasitic Lasius sp, they all seem to have smaller gasters proportionately to the rest of the body, slightly larger heads and have been larger in size. This species is also polygynous, having seen a minimum of 100 queens in this one nest alone. To me, she looks a lot like this queen, which is Tapinoma:

Image
Founding:
14 Tapinoma sessile
4 Tetramorium immigrans
4 Formica pallidefulva
1 Lasius aphidicolus
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus
1 Camponotus subbarbatus

Keeping:
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus

TheRealAntMan
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Re: Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40089Post TheRealAntMan
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:11 pm

I couldn’t really tell because of the blurry picture but you could be right.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

vstrelow
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Re: Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40091Post vstrelow
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:27 pm

There was some cotton stuck to the tube, I will try again when I get home. Thanks for the insights this far.
Founding:
14 Tapinoma sessile
4 Tetramorium immigrans
4 Formica pallidefulva
1 Lasius aphidicolus
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus
1 Camponotus subbarbatus

Keeping:
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus

vstrelow
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Re: Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40092Post vstrelow
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:29 pm

The smell and the number of queens in the colony are the biggest reasons I'm thinking Tapinoma, I am new to all this though, so I have a lot to learn yet.
Founding:
14 Tapinoma sessile
4 Tetramorium immigrans
4 Formica pallidefulva
1 Lasius aphidicolus
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus
1 Camponotus subbarbatus

Keeping:
1 Camponotus pennsylvanicus

AntsDakota
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Re: Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40125Post AntsDakota
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:31 pm

vstrelow wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:03 pm
I have caught several parasitic Lasius sp, they all seem to have smaller gasters proportionately to the rest of the body, slightly larger heads and have been larger in size. This species is also polygynous, having seen a minimum of 100 queens in this one nest alone. To me, she looks a lot like this queen, which is Tapinoma:

Image
vstrelow wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:29 pm
The smell and the number of queens in the colony are the biggest reasons I'm thinking Tapinoma, I am new to all this though, so I have a lot to learn yet.
Those queens look like Lasius claviger. They are also called Citronella ants because they smell like citrus fruits.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Queen ID - South Chicagoland - Captured 7.1.18

Post: # 40141Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:23 pm

They are Tapinoma sessile, "the odorous house ant", better known for smelling "like rotting coconut" as opposed to the subjectively pleasant citronella of the Acanthomyops subgenus. Queens from Tapinoma are in the 4-6mm range, as opposed to Lasius claviger, which are 8mm or larger.
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