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by Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: ID this queen SW Germany 24th June `17
Replies: 2
Views: 20

Re: ID this queen SW Germany 24th June `17

One of the bicolored Formica species from the fusca group, probably Formica clara or F. rufibarbis.
by Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen ID Please from Fredericton New Brunswick
Replies: 3
Views: 25

Re: Queen ID Please from Fredericton New Brunswick

14mm would make this Camponotus novaeboracensis . Don't be discouraged by the AntsCanada video. It's a little misleading. With proper care, and a little luck, you can have your 20 workers in the first year. Two years is kind of a worst-case scenario (like those who catch their queen at the latest po...
by Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: New Forum Members
Topic: I am back for the summer in Maine
Replies: 4
Views: 23

Re: I am back for the summer in Maine

Pros are that you get to be impatient. Cons are that you are extracting a colony whose queen was part of the <1% that survived her first couple years in the wild, probably just to kill the colony, which will have trouble adjusting to captivity. I would revisit this option once you know you can take ...
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Help ID 3 Queens
Replies: 4
Views: 37

Re: Help ID 3 Queens

Solenopsis invicta
by Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: New Forum Members
Topic: I am back for the summer in Maine
Replies: 4
Views: 23

Re: I am back for the summer in Maine

You should learn how to raise just a queen successfully before you extract living colonies. Camponotus would not do well on cheese, for example. Why not insects and sugary liquid, like they eat naturally?
by Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Ant Identification and Help
Replies: 6
Views: 51

Re: Ant Identification and Help

I agree with C. pennsylvanicus. :)
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: 52

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: 74

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: 10
Views: 106

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: 67

Re: Need an ID

Aphaenogaster sp.