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by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Ants moved into snail shell. Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: Ants moved into snail shell. Help!

They probably just like it because it is darker in there. They wouldn't move in if it weren't humid enough. I'd just leave them be with the test tube.
by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Please ID My queens! Barrie, Ontario
Replies: 7
Views: 58

Re: Please ID My queens! Barrie, Ontario

Video is kind of awful for identification. The first set of black queens are Formica subsericea. The ~10mm black and red queen is a Formica social parasite and will need Formica worker pupae to start a colony. If she is in the sanguinea group (if she has a clypeal notch) then she is most likely unsu...
by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What are the pros and cons of brood boosting?
Replies: 11
Views: 68

Re: What are the pros and cons of brood boosting?

Beginner ant-keepers should not brood boost. I say beginner, because there are very few situations in which boosting is beneficial to a colony, and recognizing those situations is the only time to really justify it. Most people only want to brood boost because they are too impatient to let their col...
by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: New ant. ID help needed. Toledo, Ohio, United States. 6:30 P.M. August 18. ~1.4 mm
Replies: 4
Views: 70

Re: New ant. ID help needed. Toledo, Ohio, United States. 6:30 P.M. August 18. ~1.4 mm

It doesn't look like Camponotus which are the only ants this far north to become that large, but sometimes it is hard to measure ants when they are in their container. Hard to tell from the pictures, but looks like Formica or Lasius.
by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Unknown Queen - Toronto - Aug 7 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 71

Re: Unknown Queen - Toronto - Aug 7 2018

You should wait until the worker phase before trying to identify Aphaenogaster. They are pretty tricky.
by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Unique ants
Replies: 6
Views: 35

Re: Unique ants

You can find something fascinating about any ant species if you look hard enough. Every species is objectively unique.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Queen ant
Replies: 4
Views: 24

Re: Queen ant

Infertile =/= unfertilized.

Infertile means it is impossible to create offspring. Unfertilized means that the eggs are haploid and will develop into males.

Infertility is an excuse, since we can't really prove that something else isn't causing a problem.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Pavement Ant Queen?
Replies: 10
Views: 44

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

"sp." just means "species". They cannot be identified further from the pictures.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Pavement Ant Queen?
Replies: 10
Views: 44

Re: Pavement Ant Queen?

Formica sp.
by Batspiderfish
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Metro-Detroit, Michigan August 17, 2018
Replies: 10
Views: 84

Re: Metro-Detroit, Michigan August 17, 2018

Fmsnook wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:37 pm
A friend of mine thought this might have been a winter ant? Do you think that’s a possibility?
No, those fly in April/May.