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ID Needed BB Nymph? [a: Tapinoma melanocephalum (ghost ant) worker]

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  1. adsf123

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    Posted 3 years ago
    Wed Nov 16 2016 22:32:36
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    Had 10 to 15 of these crawling all over hotel desk and found 1 in my luggage. Please help with an ID.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u12dqat71ah7l1p/AAC__IafeBJxxxlw7oqTlZMEa?dl=0

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    adsf123 - 12 minutes ago  » 
    Had 10 to 15 of these crawling all over hotel desk and found 1 in my luggage. Please help with an ID.
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u12dqat71ah7l1p/AAC__IafeBJxxxlw7oqTlZMEa?dl=0

    Just added slow motion video for better view.

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u12dqat71ah7l1p/AAC__IafeBJxxxlw7oqTlZMEa?dl=0

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    Thu Nov 17 2016 1:19:37
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    Doesn't look like BB to me based on gallery here and what others have posted. Looks more like ants?

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    Thu Nov 17 2016 4:53:46
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    Hi,

    The images are not clear enough for me to species ID beyond 100% not bed bugs. The way it moves in one of the videos reminds me of ants walking but clearer images may be needed.

    Hope that helps.

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    Thank you for the response. I did some further research and I believe they are "Ghost Ants". Goes to show how much BB's strike fear into the hearts of hotel goers. Thank you again for the response.

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    Hi,

    I did suspect that, in which case nothing to worry about. The ones which would have come home with you are not able to reproduce as they are workers. The queen is impossible to miss as they are usually HUGE. I saw one once about 6 months into being a pest controller and still kick myself for letting it go. They usually hide deep within the fabric of buildings.

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    Yes, looks like Tapinoma melanocephalum worker. They have been transferred via potted plants over the last number of years from native places to others. Coloration is quite distinctive.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.

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