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by sartwell90
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Lasius, the garden queen
Replies: 1
Views: 11

Re: Lasius, the garden queen

She looks like an injured Camponotus novaeboracensis queen, in brighter light can you see red and black markings on her abdomen? I just started a colony with that species and unfortunately the first queen died. You can try keeping her in a test tube setup to see if she makes a miraculous recovery. A...
by sartwell90
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen identification please!
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Re: Queen identification please!

Looks to me like signature abdominal banding of Solenopsis geminata, which is a species of fire ant. Extremely fast growing voracious colonies that are generally recommended for experienced ant keepers. Reasons being: they love to escape and have a nasty sting, especially if you have or develop an a...
by sartwell90
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Identification: Ants near the frontyard
Replies: 3
Views: 25

Re: Identification: Ants near the frontyard

Those all look like Tetramorium queens except for the last one which seems smoother and more elongate (and blurry) which leans me towards Monomorium. To clarify, they are definitely not carpenter ants and are all queen ants looking to found their own colonies. If you wanted to start an ant colony yo...
by sartwell90
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping
Replies: 11
Views: 128

Re: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping

Good news everyone! This afternoon a worker was successfully eclosed, followed by a couple hours of being pestered by her sisters while they cleaned her off. I find the eclosing process so interesting and will be happy to share with you video of the process soon. It is especially fun to watch how cl...
by sartwell90
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping
Replies: 11
Views: 128

Re: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping

So very curiously, one of the nanitics is moving the more mature pupa back into the sugar water tube - which is the only area of the nest exposed to bright light. I am continuing to observe their behavior because I'm not sure why, are they getting these pupae separated to eclose them? One of the pup...
by sartwell90
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping
Replies: 11
Views: 128

Re: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping

Nice video clip! Thanks Hawkeye! More to come for sure, my little red-light re-purposed box that my phone came in has provided some great filming and photo opportunities without having to affront or disturb the ants much. On the downside the low-light conditions lower the sharpness of the capture a...
by sartwell90
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping
Replies: 11
Views: 128

Re: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping

The eclosing is going to be happening soon, I saw one of the nanitics pull at the silk pupal casing and at her sisters tarsi - it seems they do this soon before the ant pops out. In the mean time, I hope this new video will be sufficient for sating everyone's ant-keeping appetites. Dining with The C...
by sartwell90
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping
Replies: 11
Views: 128

Re: C. noveboracensis and T. spE: My first dive into ant keeping

Quick check update. I have gotten word of someone who's yard is apparently home to many Crematogaster colonies which means there is a good chance I might be staking out their driveway sometime soon. To my understanding, Crematogaster cerasi - the most likely species to be present - is known to be po...
by sartwell90
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: Antnest's C. Noveboracensis journal
Replies: 19
Views: 1570

Re: Antnest's C. Noveboracensis journal

Hawkeye wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:16 pm
sartwell90 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:58 pm
I'm with Will, and updates on your awesome colony??
I'm with Will and him, what's the latest?
We're with Will... Will's with us... what's the story, morning glory? what's the tale, nightingale?
by sartwell90
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: New Queen Ant Identification and General Newbie Issues..
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: New Queen Ant Identification and General Newbie Issues..

With how small the head is in relation to the gaster, I'd say she looks like a Lasius queen, a spitting image of Lasius niger - but I don't know if they are out that way *shrug*. https://elegantentomology.weebly.com/uploads/2/6/5/8/26583338/236557965.jpg Photo courtesy of elegantentomology.weebly.com