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by Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Can tetramoriam ants have more then one queen?
Replies: 4
Views: 37

Re: Can tetramoriam ants have more then one queen?

One of the issues is that Tetramorium cf. caespitum is actually a species complex, and you have no way of knowing if two queens are the same species without genetic testing.
by Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Need queen ID from PA, USA
Replies: 5
Views: 55

Re: Need queen ID from PA, USA

Thank you! This is something from the pallidefulva group, likely Formica pallidefulva.
by Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Got Workers, Now What?
Replies: 8
Views: 54

Re: Got Workers, Now What?

It's about the colony's ability to move safely, not the size of the nest.
by Batspiderfish
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Need an ID
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Need an ID

Aphaenogaster sp.
by Batspiderfish
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Need queen ID from PA, USA
Replies: 5
Views: 55

Re: Need queen ID from PA, USA

Looks like Formica sp. to me. Can we get more, well-lit views of the side?
by Batspiderfish
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Got Workers, Now What?
Replies: 8
Views: 54

Re: Got Workers, Now What?

Wait until the colony is larger before you attempt to move them into a formicarium. Colonies in temperate regions will thrive in a test tube until the water runs out. They will, however need access to a foraging area soon. You can place the entire tube in an escape-proof container.
by Batspiderfish
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Caught some ants with workers are the ones with wings drones or queens?
Replies: 2
Views: 21

Re: Caught some ants with workers are the ones with wings drones or queens?

I agree with Lasius interjectus. I wish I could find these ants. You may know this already, but queens with wings captured near their mother colony are unmated and will only produce drones.

http://antfarm.yuku.com/topic/19628#.WUm_P9wpCUl
by Batspiderfish
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen identification
Replies: 4
Views: 46

Re: Queen identification

Formica cunicularia (also claustral). The UK is one of the few places where Camponotus is not native, although they do show up occasionally.

I take it that the measurement is a guess? You'll have to get used to actually measuring them for ID purposes. ;)
by Batspiderfish
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queens caught west of St. Louis, Missouri
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: Queens caught west of St. Louis, Missouri

This is Tetramorium sp. E, which are having their nuptial flights across much of North America.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Are my queens suitable in this setup?
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: Are my queens suitable in this setup?

Looks like it's going to be a huge pain in the butt compared to test tubes.