Arizona 2017 ant sightings

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AntLove4Ever
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Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 16884Post AntLove4Ever
Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:05 pm

I created this topic to share what ants you have found in Arizona this nuptial flight season. Plz feel free to share photos and stories here :lol:

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Barfdog
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Re: Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 16986Post Barfdog
Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:46 pm

So I was out for a bike ride with my girlfriend and we were going through a local park and I found a tetramorium nest and the moment I keeled down to take a look I instantly saw a mated queen outside the nest. All the workers were trying to make the nest entrance bigger and preparing, but I saw a tetramorium queen! I couldn't capture her because I didn't have a test tube but even if I did it would have been hard since there was lots of leaf litter. She was promptly escorted back into the nest once my presence was known. Keep an eye out, keep your test tubes on you!

Mowteam
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Re: Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 16988Post Mowteam
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:10 pm

I went on a walk in my neighborhood and saw lots of active ant colonies. I captured ab queen ant. I think. It was moving relatively calmly and has the shape of a queen, but I am still a noob could someone identify if it is a queen or not. I'll post a picture.

Mowteam
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Re: Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 16991Post Mowteam
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:59 pm

Mowteam wrote:
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:10 pm
I went on a walk in my neighborhood and saw lots of active ant colonies. I captured ab queen ant. I think. It was moving relatively calmly and has the shape of a queen, but I am still a noob could someone identify if it is a queen or not. I'll post a picture.
Never mind. After a little more research and observing the ant I am pretty sure it is a worker. I put it in a test tube set up, so I'll check on it tomorrow and if it is dead then it was a worker.

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Re: Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 16995Post KingKyle26
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:32 pm

Mowteam wrote:
Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:59 pm
Mowteam wrote:
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:10 pm
I went on a walk in my neighborhood and saw lots of active ant colonies. I captured ab queen ant. I think. It was moving relatively calmly and has the shape of a queen, but I am still a noob could someone identify if it is a queen or not. I'll post a picture.
Never mind. After a little more research and observing the ant I am pretty sure it is a worker. I put it in a test tube set up, so I'll check on it tomorrow and if it is dead then it was a worker.
If it dies, that does not mean it was a worker! It could be a worker and live on in the test tube for a while, or be a queen and die of an unknown reason.
Raising:
-Tapinoma Sessile
Founding:
-Crematogaster Lineolata
-Solenopsis Molesta
-Lasius Neoniger

Mowteam
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Re: Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 17000Post Mowteam
Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:26 pm

The ant died. :cry: :( :cry: . I think it was a worker because it's gaster was not enormous. Also the mesosoma was pretty small. When someone finds a tetramorium queen please contact me.

AntLove4Ever
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Re: Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 17005Post AntLove4Ever
Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:20 pm

I found 5 queens I caught from a colony on the move! I am pretty sure they are either pharoah ants or thief ants but I can't tell because they are so dang similar. In a couple of days I will post a video on my YouTube channel (AntVault) so go check that out! I'll keep you guys informed of what I'm finding.

And btw, I would spare a queen or two if interested, just let me know! I am in the Phoenix Arizona area. I don't want money, just a couple of test tubes! :lol: :P

DestinM
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Re: Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 17084Post DestinM
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:50 pm

Does anyone else find it funny that Arizona, which is one of the most ant diverse states has hardly any ant keepers?

Martialis
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Re: Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 17095Post Martialis
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:46 pm

It seems like it has quite a few.
Keeper of

Aphaenogaster cf. rudis

Tetramorium caespitum

Crematogaster sp.

Tapinoma sessile

MichaelJones
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Re: Arizona 2017 ant sightings

Post: # 17110Post MichaelJones
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:05 pm

Me being one of them, should have told me about this thread AntLove4Ever. I have a wild ant colony outside my house that I been keeping an eye on. I have seen ants but no queens :/

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