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New to Ant Keeping in DC

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:38 am
by tanalos
Morning everyone, I'm Tanalos.
Just getting in to ant keeping in Virginia and hoping to catch a starting queen or two during the 2020 nup.

Had a few noobie questions for the local community.
- How many others are active in the local area?
- Are there any local meet-ups in the DC/MD area?
- What are the best local species to keep in here?
- In the event I don't get a successful queen during the nup period, what is a standard price for a starter in this area?

Thanks for your time and patience with the new guy.


Re: New to Ant Keeping in DC

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:00 pm
by JelloRocket15
I live in SC, so I only have an answer for the last question. Normally starter colonies are anywhere from 20$ to 60$ depending on how rare the species is.

Good Luck, and Ant Love Forever!

Re: New to Ant Keeping in DC

Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:06 pm
by JelloRocket15
Correction it looks like in your area there are some colonies that are rather large right now going for 100$ 150$ and 300$ pretty pricy in my book :roll:. I would suggest you try to catch as many queens as possible otherwise you might end up spending more than your whole setup.