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by NKantsalberta
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen identification
Replies: 11
Views: 1486

Re: Queen identification

Is it okay to check my queen daily or is that too.much because i'm so excited and love looking at her just doing her thing! As long as you do it in the dark and dont touch her enclosure... Or if she is a semi claustral species as they leave the nest to forage.. But you're better off holding back yo...
by NKantsalberta
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Just Another Newbie?
Replies: 8
Views: 801

Re: Just Another Newbie?

I would say tetrimorium. My myrmica queen has a smaller thorax and gastor. But fortunately for you she is easy to care for as she is fully claustral and doesnt require feeding and more space than a test tube like my myrmica :D also welcome to the family fellow Canadian!
by NKantsalberta
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Identify Queen Social Parasite
Replies: 13
Views: 1084

Re: Identify Queen Social Parasite

I had caught one a few weeks ago and batspiderfish unfortunately couldnt ID her due to my poor angles (she wouldnt sit still) I caught one again last night so I'd love to learn the specific species/genus as well!
by NKantsalberta
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen identification
Replies: 11
Views: 1486

Re: Queen identification

Ah yes, perfect weather for flights... Over here Lasius niger has had 2 really big flights on completely random days, but other than that i have not really seen any big flights happening here... I did catch a parasitic queen as well, i'm trying to raise her without a host colony but with some added...
by NKantsalberta
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen identification
Replies: 11
Views: 1486

Re: Queen identification

Well this is only my first year of actually keeping ants as well, so personally i don't have a lot of tips for you yet ;) One thing i have noticed though with my own queens is that they are really happy if you give them a tiny drop of honey after they've been in their setup for a couple of days. I ...
by NKantsalberta
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen identification
Replies: 11
Views: 1486

Re: Queen identification

Well this is only my first year of actually keeping ants as well, so personally i don't have a lot of tips for you yet ;) One thing i have noticed though with my own queens is that they are really happy if you give them a tiny drop of honey after they've been in their setup for a couple of days. I ...
by NKantsalberta
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Formica Sp or Obscuripes?
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Formica Sp or Obscuripes?

I couldn't tell which species she is by the pictures, but definitely a social parasite. As long as she is not one of the dependent raiding species from the sanguinea group (she would have a hairlip-like notch on her clypeus) then it should be relatively easy to keep her, so far as social parasites ...
by NKantsalberta
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Which species please
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Which species please

Please specify species if possible, she is about 1cm in length, workers are 3/4 her size so I know they are a Formica. I would also like to attempt to found a multi-queen colony, and I have seen multiple queens in colonies of this species. Would I be able to house multiple queens in the founding sta...
by NKantsalberta
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: Alberta nuptial flights
Replies: 17
Views: 1813

Re: Alberta nuptial flights

Found more of these parasite queens roaming around the farm yesterday, didn't gather any however, but at least 15 in one small area of gravel. Also, a few lasius alates, but no activity at any nest sites
by NKantsalberta
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Formica Sp or Obscuripes?
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: Formica Sp or Obscuripes?

I couldn't tell which species she is by the pictures, but definitely a social parasite. As long as she is not one of the dependent raiding species from the sanguinea group (she would have a hairlip-like notch on her clypeus) then it should be relatively easy to keep her, so far as social parasites ...