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Varanid
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Re: Grace Ant Journal

Post: # 36289Post Varanid
Thu May 24, 2018 2:06 am

Noticed from my journal that I went out around 8:30-9:30 on my most successful trips. Tonight was later, not sure if they fly around a certain time of the night. But I have noticed the fire ant nuptial flights have been starting around 1:30 to 2:00 pm. They flew last week at 2:00 pm. This week they started around 1:30 pm. I am thinking I may have arrived too late and the males I found were the ones that could not mate with a queen. Not sure though is really only a guess. Will definitely be paying more attention to time though and see if there is any connection.

Varanid
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Re: Grace Ant Journal

Post: # 71830Post Varanid
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:05 pm

Decided to take an extended break from ant keeping. Got tired of my queens dying off. Had basically forgotten about anting. Three days ago it happened again. My daughter, the biology major, and amateur entomologist said those magic words. "Hey, theres a queen". So I walk over and sure enough there is a beautiful Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen. I let it crawl onto my hand, and begin the mad rush to find where my wife has stored my test tubes. So I'm searching while watching the queen to make sure she doesnt fall off, I found a few that I had brought with me on my last anting trip, Stuck the queen in one, also found a cork the perfect size, popped it on. Went upstairs to prepare a test tube setup with another test tube. Put her in the setup and into a dark place. Next day, was working in the yard, and another C penn queen climbed up my arm. So yet another foray, balancing act, to get to the test tubes without losing the queen crawling on me. So, today, my daughter messages me and says "Do you have any test tubes? I found a queen.". So, now I have three C penn queens, and a new game plan. I usually have very little problem getting nanitics. My ants generally die when I move them into a critter container. Going to do it differently this time. Am going to use a test tube portal to feed once nanitics get here. Also, since I am in, I might as well go all in. Will be taking an anting trip or two very soon. If I'm going to try to raise three queens, I might as well try 10, if they all make it I already have homes for 4 colonies. Might try the rest on GAN, or talk to some teachers I'm sure I can get rid of all the ones I do not need. Anyway, going to try this again. If I am not successful at founding a colony this time, I am all out of ideas. Pictures will be coming in a week or two, as soon as I get back home. Wish me luck.

Varanid
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Re: Grace Ant Journal

Post: # 72015Post Varanid
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:22 pm

Checked on my queens, queen number three did not make it, not sure why. She did not lay eggs, just was dead when I checked on her. The other two have eggs, I believe I also saw larvae. Was not able to look closely, took them out, glanced, put them back. Meant to get pictures, but did not. May get some in the next day or so. Or may wait a while, do not want to stress them more than I have to. Anyway, went looking for queens for a few minutes, saw nothing. May spend a good portion of the day tomorrow looking. Still want another C castaneus, may have missed them completely this year though. Got about 50 test tubes out, cleaned up and ready just in case :).

Varanid
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Re: Grace Ant Journal

Post: # 72093Post Varanid
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:07 am

Went out looking for queens again, saw nothing except 10 or so Solenopsis queens. Did not get them because I do not want to keep a fire ant colony

Varanid
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Re: Grace Ant Journal

Post: # 72564Post Varanid
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:38 pm

Got a new queen.

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She is a Formica species, not sure which species. Possibly subsericea, but not sure. Anyway, this queen claimed me. This is the third one this season. I was pumping gas, and out of the corner of my eye I see something land on me. I thought it was a wasp at first, I went to brush it away and it did not fly. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a queen ant. She was caught July 25, 2020. Keeping her, and hoping she will form a colony. Have her put up, and now it's just a waiting game.

I have about decided to quit going out looking for queens. Every time this year I have went looking, I've come back empty handed. But they land on me when I'm least expecting it.

QJH2023
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Re: Grace Ant Journal

Post: # 73286Post QJH2023
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:45 am

Varanid wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:38 pm
Got a new queen.


I have about decided to quit going out looking for queens. Every time this year I have went looking, I've come back empty handed. But they land on me when I'm least expecting it.
:lol: :roll:
keeper of: 41xCamponotus novaeboracensis, Crematogaster spp. and unidentified species and tapinoma sessile

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