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Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read (Again)

Post: # 22614Post AntsTexas
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:04 pm

Ok so I basically give up at this point. I can only find Solenopsis invicta queens, and Tapinoma melanocephalum/Parathechina longicornis workers locally here in Katy, Texas. I was wondering if anybody knew any hot spots (cities, towns, fields, parks) to find literally anything else. Also, if you know of a certain place (city/town) that has an abundance of carpenter ants that would be nice. Thanks.
Keeper of:
Solenopsis invicta
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Tapinoma melanocephalum
Pogonomrymex barbatus
Looking for:
Pogonomrymex rugosus
Atta texana
Anything that isn't a fire ant...

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Re: Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read (Again)

Post: # 22629Post Martialis
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:55 pm

Well... I'm sorry... that's invasives for you. :( If you went to a more undisturbed environment (i.e. rural areas outside Houston, I understand Katy is a suburb of the city.), you may very well find more diversity than those three species.

The whole point of calling a species "invasive" is if it is nonnative and either aggressively pushes out native species or out competes them for resources.

You might not even have to leave Katy, even. Is there a large park near you? Can you get far enough into it that there's less fire ants?
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Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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Re: Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read (Again)

Post: # 22635Post AntsTexas
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:03 pm

Martialis wrote:
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:55 pm
Well... I'm sorry... that's invasives for you. :( If you went to a more undisturbed environment (i.e. rural areas outside Houston, I understand Katy is a suburb of the city.), you may very well find more diversity than those three species.

The whole point of calling a species "invasive" is if it is nonnative and either aggressively pushes out native species or out competes them for resources.

You might not even have to leave Katy, even. Is there a large park near you? Can you get far enough into it that there's less fire ants?
I actually went to Steven F. Austin state park looking for carpenter ant queens during their nuptial flight season, which is still going on. The best I could find was about twenty Solenopsis nests, and to my surprise one Camponotus pennysylvanicus worker. So, that means they're definitely out there, but I would have to go off of park trails and it's basically like finding a needle in a haystack. Maybe ill go out to camp there and try a blacklight, and travel out to an undisturbed environment after.
Keeper of:
Solenopsis invicta
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Tapinoma melanocephalum
Pogonomrymex barbatus
Looking for:
Pogonomrymex rugosus
Atta texana
Anything that isn't a fire ant...

Martialis
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Re: Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read (Again)

Post: # 22638Post Martialis
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:07 pm

Make sure you are not within the park's borders when collecting - it's illegal to do so.

This doesn't rule out the possibility, however, of making 100% sure you're outside the borders and collecting from around the park. ;)
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Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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Re: Texan Antkeepers (Or Knowledgeables) Please Read (Again)

Post: # 22649Post AntsTexas
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:47 pm

Martialis wrote:
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:07 pm
Make sure you are not within the park's borders when collecting - it's illegal to do so.

This doesn't rule out the possibility, however, of making 100% sure you're outside the borders and collecting from around the park. ;)
Possibly.
Keeper of:
Solenopsis invicta
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Tapinoma melanocephalum
Pogonomrymex barbatus
Looking for:
Pogonomrymex rugosus
Atta texana
Anything that isn't a fire ant...

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