No ants in my area

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xTNxANTMANx
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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 18862Post xTNxANTMANx
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:35 pm

AntViking wrote:
Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:13 pm
I'd think it might also depend on location. If there in a inconvenient spot and there future might turn grim. I don't see too much harm in carefully extracting them.
That is a good point to point out. But just finding an established Colony that is doing fine to me wouldn't be that beneficial. Plus it takes out the "moments" you have when raising a colony from just a single queen. The feelings and experience you get when starting with a single queen is unexplainable :-)
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Camponotus subbarbatus
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Pheidole sp. x4
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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 18865Post jwatson16202
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:12 pm

xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:35 pm
That is a good point to point out. But just finding an established Colony that is doing fine to me wouldn't be that beneficial. Plus it takes out the "moments" you have when raising a colony from just a single queen. The feelings and experience you get when starting with a single queen is unexplainable :-)
Having literally just had my first nanitic from a founding queen I can confirm this :)
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1 x Myrmica rubra colony
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AntViking
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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 18867Post AntViking
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:07 pm

jwatson16202 wrote:
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:12 pm
xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:35 pm
That is a good point to point out. But just finding an established Colony that is doing fine to me wouldn't be that beneficial. Plus it takes out the "moments" you have when raising a colony from just a single queen. The feelings and experience you get when starting with a single queen is unexplainable :-)
Having literally just had my first nanitic from a founding queen I can confirm this :)
Still on my first queen myself. Her second clutch is about too hatch any day now! Her outworld is all set and I'm just waiting for the queue to let her expand :3

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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 19479Post AntLove5Ever
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:27 pm

jwatson16202 wrote:
Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:12 pm
xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:35 pm
That is a good point to point out. But just finding an established Colony that is doing fine to me wouldn't be that beneficial. Plus it takes out the "moments" you have when raising a colony from just a single queen. The feelings and experience you get when starting with a single queen is unexplainable :-)
Having literally just had my first nanitic from a founding queen I can confirm this :)
Having kept 7 colonies in the past few years, I agree. There is nothing more exciting than watching your first workers drag the cricket into their nest to devour it.

Cal113
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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 19512Post Cal113
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:10 am

cool XD I really hope to be able to catch some fertile queens, already found a bunch of alates without wings at a pogonomyrmex nest, does that mean they've mated?
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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 19529Post Jadeninja9
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:44 am

Cal113 wrote:
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:10 am
cool XD I really hope to be able to catch some fertile queens, already found a bunch of alates without wings at a pogonomyrmex nest, does that mean they've mated?
No it doesn't mean for sure, but that could go for every single queen ever caught so you might as well try to catch them.
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Martialis
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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 19530Post Martialis
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:53 am

If they're at nest entrances, no. They aren't mated.
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Cal113
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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 23110Post Cal113
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:06 pm

So I got a macro lense for my camera and its a, waay too zoomed XD ironic isnt it? but more importantly, B, it wont focus unless I'm touching the obect with the lense, literally. Any ideas?
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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 23112Post AntOblivion
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:13 pm

Oh my todo we sure aint in Kansas
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Cal113
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Re: No ants in my area

Post: # 24038Post Cal113
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:52 pm

AntOblivion wrote:
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:13 pm
Oh my todo we sure aint in Kansas
wat?
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