Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

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FarrAnts
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Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24653Post FarrAnts
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:41 pm

Wow! This has to be the coolest queen I've caught yet. I don't even have the faintest idea of what she is. This queen is 9-10 mm. If you need any more pictures or details, let me know! Thanks!

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Re: Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24657Post AntLove5Ever
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:13 pm

Appears to be a parasitic formica, but I'd need better pictures of the gaster, and antenna, but I'd advise a second opinion. Formica pergandei??? I honestly would need a bit of a microscope to tell formica species, im not great as far as formica goes.

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Re: Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24658Post AntLove5Ever
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:22 pm

I'm not an expert in keeping parasites, in fact I can't even qualify as an amateur, I've never successfully done it myself. I know the procedure, but I've never pulled it off. Grab some formica workers, and grab your queen. Put them in the WARMEST part of your fridge for a while, then, once they have entered a slowed state, introduce one of the workers, and put them back into the fridge, after a week take them out, if that worker is friendly to the queen when warmed up to room temp. Then repeat again with the other workers, til you get to around 5, then treat it like a small colony.

EDIT: callows will work too, but finding callows is really really hard, cuz you need to find an above ground nest at the PERFECT time where callows are not fully hardened yet.


ONLY, AND I MEAN ONLY DO THIS ONCE YOU HAVE GOTTEN THE OPINION OF SOMEONE ELSE, I AM NOT CERTAIN OF MY ID, BUT THAT IS THE INFO I HAVE TO OFFER. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DEAD ANTS!!!!

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Re: Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24661Post FarrAnts
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:14 am

Okay thanks!!!!! I'll wait for batspiderfish.
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Re: Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24691Post Martialis
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:35 am

If this truly is a parasitic Formica, all it needs are Formica pupae.

I think this is either a rufa or sanguinea-group Formica.
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Re: Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24695Post FarrAnts
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:21 am

Thanks. I got better pictures.
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Batspiderfish, do you know what exactly it is? And if it's a parasite,
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Re: Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24696Post AntOblivion
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:33 am

Seems like Formica ravida and yes this is a parasitic species
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Re: Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24698Post Martialis
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:02 am

Agreed. She is one of the infamous thatched-mound building, formic acid shooting, aggressive, wood ants. Nice find! Personally, I want the Formica exsectoides present here in the eastern US. :)
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Re: Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24701Post FarrAnts
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:49 am

Martialis wrote:
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:02 am
Agreed. She is one of the infamous thatched-mound building, formic acid shooting, aggressive, wood ants. Nice find! Personally, I want the Formica exsectoides present here in the eastern US. :)
Wow! How do I get her to start laying eggs?
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Re: Minot Air Force Base, ND #6

Post: # 24702Post Martialis
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:52 am

Take some pupae from a Formica colony and give it to her, that should work for a parasitic Formica.
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