Unique Ants Species?

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Unique Ants Species?

Post: # 20709Post Aquaexploder
Sat May 06, 2017 5:42 pm

Does anyone know of any unique ant species besides prenolepis imparis that live near or in Rhode Island?

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

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Tetramorium (x2)

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Re: Unique Ants Species?

Post: # 20711Post Martialis
Sat May 06, 2017 5:48 pm

There's always Stigmatotomma pallipes, the Dracula ant. Those are pretty rare.

Wood ants like Formica exsectoides I suppose could be counted as unique.

Don't forget Lasius and Formica social parasites!
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Re: Unique Ants Species?

Post: # 20712Post Batspiderfish
Sat May 06, 2017 5:55 pm

There are loads of unusual ants in New England: Ponera, Stigmatomma, Proceratium, Dolichoderus, Strumigenys, our many social parasites (i.e. Lasius latipes, Tetramorium atratulum, Formica querquetulana, Aphaenogaster tennesseensis). It takes knowledge and exploration to find unusual and exciting ants where you live. Don't capture mature colonies, though, as they are unlikely to survive in captivity unless raised from queen (it's also unethical to remove uncommon species from the wild).

Camponotus castaneus isn't exactly rare, but what a beauty!
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Re: Unique Ants Species?

Post: # 20723Post xTNxANTMANx
Sun May 07, 2017 12:31 am

Camponotus castaneus is my dream species. I have been doing some research and hope their time to fly here in TH is upon me soon. If I could get me say...1 successful colony of them and C. pennsylvanicus, and my C. subbarbatus, I'd be content to the max!
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Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x3
Crematogaster cerasi x2
Formica pallidefulva x3
Formica subsericea x3
Pheidole sp. x4
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Re: Unique Ants Species?

Post: # 20842Post Nathant
Tue May 09, 2017 8:21 am

I personally think every ant is unique in it's own way. But the poneroid ants are quite out-of-this-world. I suggest getting the book "A Field Guide to the Ants of New England." It reviews every ant in and around New England, and each species is given it's own page or two.

Dolichoderus is one of my dream ants that I am yet to find. Their propodeum and petiole work together to look like a beer bottle opener!

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Re: Unique Ants Species?

Post: # 23163Post RhodyAnts
Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:30 pm

There is also pheidole and temnothorax, which I think should be flying soon.

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