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Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read

Post: # 18708Post AntsTexas
Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:26 pm

Hello, I am fairly new to ant keeping. I've spent the last six months researching and learning about ant care, species, and diet. I have already caught three solenopsis queens. But, this is not what i'm looking for. I've been told they are not a very good beginner species, and that they are extremely hostile. This is why I've turned to other native Texas species, such as atta texana and camponotus sp. I was wondering if anybody knew a good location in Texas to find leafcutter, harvester, and carpenter ant queens. I currently live in Katy and all I can find are solenopsis queens and solenopsis nests, so if anybody is from Texas.. please help! :? (Also, I do know that their nuptral flights haven't started in Texas yet, but I would like to know where to go to find some.) Thank you so much for reading, and any suggestion is appreciated.
Keeper of:
Solenopsis geminata
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Tapinoma melanocephalum
Looking for:
Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Atta texana

Martialis
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Re: Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read

Post: # 18722Post Martialis
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:41 pm

Really, basically any species can be a good starter. ;) Many of the desert species are flying already, though I'm not sure you're willing to travel that far. Camponotus is found around Houston and I wouldn't be surprised if you found some Pogonomyrmex baidus.

Atta texana is a desert species and will fly in May.
Keeper of

Aphaenogaster cf. rudis

Tetramorium caespitum

Crematogaster sp.

Tapinoma sessile

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Re: Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read

Post: # 18726Post AntsTexas
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:45 pm

Martialis wrote:
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:41 pm
Really, basically any species can be a good starter. ;) Many of the desert species are flying already, though I'm not sure you're willing to travel that far. Camponotus is found around Houston and I wouldn't be surprised if you found some Pogonomyrmex baidus.

Atta texana is a desert species and will fly in May.
Thank you! By Houston, do you mean country or cities?
Keeper of:
Solenopsis geminata
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Tapinoma melanocephalum
Looking for:
Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Atta texana

Martialis
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Joined: Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:30 pm
Location: Indiana

Re: Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read

Post: # 18730Post Martialis
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:48 pm

Camponotus will nest anywhere there's wooded areas or even rotten timber. As for the Pogonomyrmex, you can identify their nests by a seed pile (usually near the entrance) or a large clearing surrounding the vicinity of their nest.
Keeper of

Aphaenogaster cf. rudis

Tetramorium caespitum

Crematogaster sp.

Tapinoma sessile

AntsTexas
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Re: Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read

Post: # 18736Post AntsTexas
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:53 pm

Martialis wrote:
Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:48 pm
Camponotus will nest anywhere there's wooded areas or even rotten timber. As for the Pogonomyrmex, you can identify their nests by a seed pile (usually near the entrance) or a large clearing surrounding the vicinity of their nest.
Alright, thank you much for your help. :D
Keeper of:
Solenopsis geminata
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Tapinoma melanocephalum
Looking for:
Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Atta texana

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