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Mushroom Colony?

Post: # 3475Post New2Ants
Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:54 pm

Hey guys. So today,I saw a weird looking mushroom in my backyard. I noticed small holes on the top of it, so it took it into my garage and dissected it. It turns out that there was an entire colony of ants living inside of it! It even had some ant larvae. I took some of the ants out and placed them into a container to take a picture of them. It turns out that they couldn't even walk on a smooth surface without tripping! I decided to put them back on the mushroom, and the first thing they did was to cover themselves in as much dust (spores from the mushroom) as they could, and them climb back into the holes in the mushroom leading to the colony!
Have any of you guys ever come across something like this? I've never heard of it. Let me know what you guys think. :D

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Post: # 3488Post Rovvov99
Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:59 am

New2Ants wrote:Hey guys. So today,I saw a weird looking mushroom in my backyard. I noticed small holes on the top of it, so it took it into my garage and dissected it. It turns out that there was an entire colony of ants living inside of it! It even had some ant larvae. I took some of the ants out and placed them into a container to take a picture of them. It turns out that they couldn't even walk on a smooth surface without tripping! I decided to put them back on the mushroom, and the first thing they did was to cover themselves in as much dust (spores from the mushroom) as they could, and them climb back into the holes in the mushroom leading to the colony!
Have any of you guys ever come across something like this? I've never heard of it. Let me know what you guys think. :D
I've never heard something like this , very interesting. The only specie that live in fungi that I know of are Atta and Acromyrmex from South-America, but that obviously isn't the case here. Could you take a picture of the ants so we can identify it ?

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Post: # 3496Post New2Ants
Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:47 am

I did take pictures of the ants and the mushroom. But for some reason, it's not letting me post them. :oops:

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Post: # 3531Post MadVampy
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:36 pm

New2Ants wrote:I did take pictures of the ants and the mushroom. But for some reason, it's not letting me post them. :oops:
Take a look on how to post pictures.

http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=162
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Post: # 3700Post WillWithAnts
Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:56 pm

Another example of how young this hobby is. Amazing!
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Post: # 3950Post larynx
Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:42 pm

i found a colony like this last year i think it was, playing disc golf. at the time i just thought they were eating it or something, now after reading this i realize they were maybe likely living in it for a bit. here is the photo.
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Post: # 4419Post New2Ants
Tue Nov 24, 2015 2:42 pm

Cool! The mushroom that I found them in is a puffball mushroom. The ants seem to inhabit the powder inside of the mushroom. Pretty cool if you ask me. :D

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Post: # 36871Post AntsDakota
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:24 pm

larynx wrote:
Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:42 pm
i found a colony like this last year i think it was, playing disc golf. at the time i just thought they were eating it or something, now after reading this i realize they were maybe likely living in it for a bit. here is the photo.
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To me those ants look like Ponera pennsylvanica, like my colony.
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Post: # 37668Post AntDudeUSA
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:56 pm

That odd moment when you realize this could be a new behavior of ants unknown to science :D :D
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