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Hi, my name is Joe Koza and I am a new ant keeper. I caught my first queen(a Camponotus queen) on July third, and it took me a while to get my account set up. I live in Manhattan(as my username would suggest) and my family has a house in Saugerties, which is where I found the queen. She has 6 or 7 eggs. I also found another queen last week. I’m not sure what species she is, but she is 1 cm, is a reddish-orange color and has a large gaster and a small head. She has 14 eggs. I will post some pictures soon, but if you have any idea what she is then I would appreciate it very much if you told me. Thanks for reading, and I will keep you updated!
Hi again. i am on vacation in Texas visiting some relatives. Before we left I checked on my queens. Queen #1, my C. pennsylvannicus queen, has more eggs. Queen #2, probably a formica queen, has some brood now!!!! I'm so excited and I hope they both have mated. So a few days ago I was in my Aunt and Uncle's pool. It was raining last night, and I knew there was a nuptial flight because I saw some dead male ants. I was looking around and I saw some queens and males floating in the pool. Most of them were alive, so I saved as many as I could and let them go in some bushes. I found 2 queens and 3 males. They were Solenopsis, and I would have taken them home, but its against the law to bring queen ants to other states . I hope to see some leafcutter ants while i'm in Texas and my cousin said he saw some once. Thanks for reading!
Sorry I haven't posted for a long time. I have a lot to catch you up on. First a few weeks ago I caught two more queens, (they were C. novaboracensis) both in some rotting logs. Unfortunately, I used glass test tubes from a chemistry set, and my brother accidentally knocked them over. One of them was killed, but I saved the other and put the brood I saved in her test tube. A week later I peeled some of the bark off a root of a tree stump in our backyard. In there I saw a queen with brood and workers! I got the queen, one worker and the brood in a test tube. They were really small, the worker was only a few mm. and the queen was slightly smaller than my formica queen who is 1 cm. They have 2 petiole. Iv'e narrowed the species down to Crematogaster, Monomorium, Pheidole, Temnothorax or Trichomyrmex. If any of you know what species she might be, please tell me. Sorry again that I took so long to post this .
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