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Calebot7
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Formica Obscoripes

Post: # 22650Post Calebot7
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:53 pm

Hi everyone

I live in Oregon and there's a type of ant that I would like more information on; Formica Obscoripes. I read that after nuptial flight they go back to a satellite nest of their own kind
(supposedly) so what type of test tube setup should I have them in? I also need to know how they should have their formicaria and outworld after the founding process.

Thanks in advance

Caleb

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Formica Obscoripes

Post: # 22655Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:41 pm

Formica obscuripes is a species that likes to reproduce by budding or social parasitism. They stopped having their nuptial flights last month, sadly. There will be similar Formica flying in July.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

Calebot7
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Re: Formica Obscoripes

Post: # 22667Post Calebot7
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:45 pm

Thanks

I'm willing to wait till next year and i know it'll be hard to find this specific species.

Calebot7
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Re: Formica Obscoripes

Post: # 22709Post Calebot7
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:20 pm

Do you know how wet they like it?

Caleb

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Formica Obscoripes

Post: # 22736Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:09 pm

They will do fine with the general conditions that other ants enjoy. Formica are pretty easy to keep so long as they are not disturbed too often. They are very excitable, and it's rumored that Formica from the rufa group like F. obscuripes can kill themselves by spraying formic acid in their formicarium.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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