What is this worker species?

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PoorSomaliMan
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21110Post PoorSomaliMan
Fri May 12, 2017 5:32 pm

It's fine for a few invasive species right? My queen is happy in her new home

PoorSomaliMan
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21111Post PoorSomaliMan
Fri May 12, 2017 5:33 pm

Unless you can tell me when nuptial flight is.

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Batspiderfish
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21115Post Batspiderfish
Fri May 12, 2017 6:09 pm

Well, yeah. Dig to your heart's content if you are sure they are not native. :D
All of our Formica belong here, though.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

PoorSomaliMan
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21117Post PoorSomaliMan
Fri May 12, 2017 6:28 pm

When is nuptial flight in OK?

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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21120Post Batspiderfish
Fri May 12, 2017 10:54 pm

Late June through August.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21122Post xTNxANTMANx
Sat May 13, 2017 12:07 am

Think about it, you say you won't harm the ants but you can't be a 100% sure when digging them up or tearing apart logs or anything going after a mature colony. As you are digging the soil is moving in all directions possibly squishing any workers and or the queen. The Brood will be unorganized and there will be total chaos among them pretty much. And like was stated before, there is no guarantee that you will even find the queen. Ant keeping takes patience and a lot of it at times. Not trying to be rude by no means but if you can't be patient enough to wait and find a queen then maybe you should think about keeping a different pet. If its an invasive species then most people think it's okay to do so. That's where you would need to make sure what species it is first. There are so many new people wanting to keep ants now but most are going about it this way and it's just not right. Have patience and in the end it's such a better experience.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2
Pheidole sp. x3
Tetramorium immigrans x2
Unknown sp.

PoorSomaliMan
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Re: What is this worker species?

Post: # 21135Post PoorSomaliMan
Sat May 13, 2017 9:10 pm

I dig ant nests that are small and I use a spoon.

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