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Foebos
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Winnipeg Woes

Post: # 20946Post Foebos
Wed May 10, 2017 3:55 pm

Hi Everyone,

I'm 33 and from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I have only started seeing ants on the ground about one week ago. It seems like flights won't be happening for a while...especially with the cold not going away! I can't complain really...Some places in Canada still get snow.

Anyone else from Winnipeg or Manitoba here know any good spots for collecting? I'd like to prepare for this year a lot better than previous years. I was thinking St Vital Park...or off of Bishop along that large bike path (I'm south Winnipeg). Any other ideas for areas would be fantastic!

Also looking for resources on local species, I'm having a hard time determining exactly which species are around. The website I was using shows 71 unique species but I have maybe seen 10 unique ones my whole life. Or maybe a local myrmecologist that I can speak with? I wish we had a museum like Quebec, their insect showcase is amazing from what I can remember. I'm considering just calling the University of Manitoba agriculture department to get leads but I'm guessing someone in here might know more than them.

:D Anything is welcome!!

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Winnipeg Woes

Post: # 20988Post Batspiderfish
Wed May 10, 2017 11:27 pm

The full species diversity won't be allocated across the entire territory, but we're blind to diversity until we learn to recognize all the small differences. A small handful of native ants will eventually turn into a rich mosaic.
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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