Red Imported Fire Ant

Sample information

Photos by: Carley. V, Maggie. C, Paloma. C, Gabby. S
Collection date 12/04/2022
Captive / Cultivated? Wild-caught
Group Wheeler High School

I found this ant against a rock on a grassy lawn. I collected this ant at dusk, and the temperature was about 52 degrees Fahrenheit. There were many ants, but I only collected about 10.

Putative identification Arthropoda Hexapoda Insecta


Extraction kit Edwards Buffer
DNA extraction location Whole arthropod
Single or Duplex PCR Duplex Reaction
Gel electrophoresis system Standard electrophoresis system
Buffer TAE
DNA stain GelGreen
Gel images
Protocol notes

The Gel image to the left is the controls. The lane to the very left is lane 1

1- Positive DNA Control

2- Positive Arthropod Control

3- Negative Arthropod Control

The Gel image to the right is the experimental data. The lane to very left is lane 1.

1- Ant that focused on in this post (Circled in Red on Gel)

2- Other ant (not covered in this post)

3- Other ant (not covered in this post)

4- Other ant (not covered in this post)


Wolbachia presence No
Confidence level High
Explanation of confidence level

All of our controls worked as expected. We did not have any problems with my protocol, and the bands on the gel were extremely clear. Therefore, we are very confident that our arthropod is Wolbachia negative.

Wolbachia 16S sequence
Arthropod COI sequence
Summary The Insecta was found to be negative for Wolbachia.
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