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Jul 28, 2012 4:37 AM

Ant identity

I do not know what this ant is, I've never seen the coloration before such as this.  it has orange and black patterns, a stinger, plenty of visible hairs and antennae that almost appear to be straight, which is unlike ants from what I know.

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      Jul 28, 2012 7:13 AM (in response to Klinhk)
      Re: Ant identity

      Is that an ant? I can't make much out from the photo but I'm not an ant expert. But where are the 'stinger' and the antennae that you mention?

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        Jul 28, 2012 10:11 AM (in response to jaguarondi)
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        The face looks quite "anty" (small widely separated eyes), but else nothing can be made out from the photo, nor the description - not even where on this planet the fella was found. It might be a queen, which can look quite different from the workers (and the large abdomen I think points in that direction). But then guessing has to stop until a better image and a location shows up.

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            Jul 28, 2012 7:57 PM (in response to Klinhk)
            Re: Ant identity

            I'm from Europe (Sweden) and have no experience of American ants. However, I think you should check in Camponotus. And I still think that is a queen - even if I'm only guessing wildly!

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                Jul 28, 2012 8:37 PM (in response to Klinhk)
                Re: Ant identity

                Perhaps you might get some ideas or replies via this link. You know, this site is the Natural History Museum in London UK - formerly known, until someone with a tie around his neck came up with a stupid idea, as British Museum of Natural History (the BMNH!) and the users/staff here is mostly knowleagble when it comes to British or, at least, European organisms. And "we" of course don't know everything - but "we" are working on it.

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    Jul 29, 2012 4:15 AM (in response to Klinhk)
    Re: Ant identity

    You can see a list of ants of British Columbia with pictures on Antweb. See -

    http://www.antweb.org/britishcolumbia.jsp

     

    However, my best guess is that this isn't an ant but something related, like a velvet ant maybe. They squeak, and sting. See -

    http://en.allexperts.com/q/Entomology-Study-Bugs-665/velvet-ant-1.htm

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