Myrmecos

A Quiz

The following ants are all found in my yard here in suburban Illinois.  What are they?

#1test1

#2test2

#3test3

#4 test4

#5

test5#6 test6

I’ll post answers on Tuesday.  If you’re lost, try here.

Comments

  1. #1 Ptygmit
    May 31, 2009

    $1 = Myrmica – maybe fracticornis?

    #4 = Tapinoma sessile?

    I’m an ant noob :)

  2. #2 ?
    June 1, 2009

    My guess :p

    #1 Myrmica fracticornis

    #2 Tetramorium caespitum

    #3 Lasius alienus

    #4 Tapinoma sessile

    #5 Myrmecina americana

    #6 Cannot make up my mind.

  3. #3 James C. Trager
    June 1, 2009

    #1 Myrmica, but not fracticornis (possibly punctiventris)

    #2 Tetramorium species E

    #6 Pheidole pilifera (minor worker)

  4. #4 John Florek
    June 4, 2009

    Wow, great site. I am identifying my ants in my backyard. So far I have identified Formica Fusca. Hopefully I am right with my identification. Is color just as important as morphology with the different Formicas.

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