Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

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Desperado

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 22266Post Desperado
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:07 am

Of course!

Desperado

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 23528Post Desperado
Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:42 am

I have 5 queens that have laid eggs. Four of them with about 5-10 eggs. The prospects look good. Let me know if your still interested and I'll private message you!

USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 23680Post USGSPk
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:23 pm

Ok- so.

Since my last post, I've seen hundreds of tetramorium queens and one of a species I cannot identify.

I've housed 25 egg-laying tetramorium queens for the time being. My goal is to design formicariums and place them in schools or libraries for educational purposes. The remainder, I will list on the GAN so others can get into the hobby.

Basically, I went a little crazy, but I have a plan to place them all in good homes.

I'm now looking for camponotus, which I hear can already be found in the hills east of Ogden, in the bark of dead trees. I'll be out over the holiday weekend searching.

After that, I'll be looking for pogonomyrmex queens. I've got my eye on half a baker's dozen nests in my area.

The big problems I am trying to solve now are:

1. Test tube storage for claustral species- find an economical, durable and portable way to store test tubes with queens and small colonies inside.

2. Test tube storage for semi-claustral species- find an economical, durable and portable way to store test tubes with semi-claustral queens and small colonies inside.

3. Formicarium design- find an economical formicarium design that is portable, durable and easily duplicated by others.

I plan to use public library 3D printers and Google Sketchup software to turn these ideas into a reality.
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Desperado

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 23810Post Desperado
Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:33 am

Awesome! You've really done a lot of work! Keep me posted on status of your plans, I'd really like to know!

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Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 25972Post ErikAase
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:02 pm

Is anyone in Utah finding queens right now? I've seen some late Tetramorium but few to none other species. I believe Pogonomyrmex will be flying soon.

USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 26684Post USGSPk
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:16 pm

Tetramorium seem to be all done for the time being.

I am watching about a half baker's dozen of pogonomyrmex nests right now. Not signs of flying yet.

I will make a post here the day I see them flying. I'm tracking nests in the north east West Haven and north Hill AFB areas.

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Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 27033Post ErikAase
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:19 pm

Found Pogonomyrmex queens last evening west of Utah Lake!

USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 27046Post USGSPk
Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:37 pm

Found pogo queens flying on Hill AFB (Ogden/Riverdale/Roy area)

Last night's rain did the trick!

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Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 27055Post ooper01
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:22 pm

Pogo queens flying in Bluffdale as well. Collected 9 today.
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USGSPk

Re: Utah Ant Keepers, Help Requested!

Post: # 27082Post USGSPk
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:00 pm

I'm stuck at work. I can see the queens flying, but I can't find any on the ground- drat!!

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