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I'm planning to start an artificial ant nest and I'd like to learn something about this specific species of ant that I captured in central Colorado.

Could you tell what kind of queen is that? Is there any image reference that would help me find out? Ideally with some location search possibility. enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Where was the ant collected? There are some online resources for different countries that may be useful but unless there is some information to help narrow it down, you must start with the 12,500-22,000 species found across the globe. $\endgroup$ – Sudachi May 15 '17 at 6:09
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    $\begingroup$ It was captured in Colorado. Hopefully someone with more experience than me has a pretty good guess because all the sites I have found have not been to helpful. $\endgroup$ – Lucas Adam May 15 '17 at 14:05
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The picture is unclear but this ant looks like a Solenopsis queen. Maybe a Solenopsis invicta! Sorry if I'm wrong, I've only ever kept Camponotus and Lasius queens. I hope this is helpful though

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  • $\begingroup$ This is clearly wrong, there is a post-petiole and a petiole in Solenopsis whereas you can clearly see that there is only one on his picture. $\endgroup$ – Nakx Apr 2 '18 at 1:33
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There is clearly only one segment between the thorax and the abdomen, which rules out the possibility that this ant is a Myrmicinae.

It looks like a queen of Formicinae, probably in the genus Camponotus.

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