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Desperado

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 21948Post Desperado
Sun May 28, 2017 6:35 pm

For all of you experienced ant keepers, is there any hope for a queen ant without a middle leg?

I'm assuming I should keep her at about 75*F, yeah?

USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22004Post USGSPk
Mon May 29, 2017 4:06 pm

I've been out of town, but I'm returning today. I hope we didn't miss any of the tetramorium swarms! I'd really like to start with that species, rather than getting a local pogonomyrmex. Fully claustral seems like the way to go for beginners like me!

Desperado

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22023Post Desperado
Mon May 29, 2017 5:05 pm

Fortunately I've found a second tetramorium queen today. I'll let you know here if both queens start laying.

USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22079Post USGSPk
Tue May 30, 2017 5:41 pm

I guess I better start pounding the pavement!

Figuratively, of course.

USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22138Post USGSPk
Wed May 31, 2017 12:03 pm

By the by- what times of day are you finding the tetramorium queens?

Desperado

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22146Post Desperado
Wed May 31, 2017 5:26 pm

I find most of them around 3-5PM mainly because that's when I get off work. Yesterday had a bit of a breeze and I caught 5 queens! Today only 1 without a breeze. Temperature is about 75-80*F last few days. I usually have the best luck in the semi-shady areas and I always walk around my local park. No sign of any other species yet.

The first queen I've found this season has already laid an egg!

USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22149Post USGSPk
Wed May 31, 2017 6:24 pm

May I ask which park? I'm near Ogden.

Desperado

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22220Post Desperado
Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:38 am

Its called Adams Park in Logan UT

I have 10 queens. Let me know if you come up here and I'll give you one once they have a hatched worker.

USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22225Post USGSPk
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:54 pm

I will check with my wife and see if we can make a trip up this weekend!

That is very generous of you. Perhaps if we don't have any luck finding a queen, I will take you up on that offer?

USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22226Post USGSPk
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:54 pm

Er, when the workers have hatched, of course.

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