Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

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ADFmarco
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Location: Australia

Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 40424Post ADFmarco
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:01 am

This is just going to be for Aussie ant keepers to talk and try to met up.

Numbat
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Location: New South Wales, Australia

Re: Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 64614Post Numbat
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:37 am

Hello, new to all this but interested to know if there are any Ant keeper community events in Sydney or Melbourne.

JimmyBanks
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Re: Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 64818Post JimmyBanks
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:47 am

I’m in Melbourne but technically not an Ant keeper as I haven’t found any Queen ants yet (only started looking the last 2 days). I’m tempted to buy some online but that seems like a cop out so I’m holding out for now. Would love to hear suggestions on great places in Melbourne to go Queen collecting.

AusAnts
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Location: Darwin,Australia

Re: Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 65825Post AusAnts
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:03 am

JimmyBanks wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:47 am
I’m in Melbourne but technically not an Ant keeper as I haven’t found any Queen ants yet (only started looking the last 2 days). I’m tempted to buy some online but that seems like a cop out so I’m holding out for now. Would love to hear suggestions on great places in Melbourne to go Queen collecting.
The iridomyrmex sp are flying at this time of the year [with a lot of other species]. I'm from Darwin, I've had a lot of luck with the iridomyrmex sp. caught 9 of them over the last 2 months.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

AusAnts
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Location: Darwin,Australia

Re: Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 65962Post AusAnts
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:37 am

Formicoidea wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:45 pm

As it gets warmer we should have more and more nuptials. It's best to look after a rainstorm. Looking on the pavement is pretty effective for finding queens as they are visible when they walk over it.
Good luck, keep us posted!
Formicoidea, just as a question what colonies do you keep?
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

AusAnts
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Location: Darwin,Australia

Re: Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 65971Post AusAnts
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:08 am

Formicoidea wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:48 pm
AusAnts wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:37 am
Formicoidea wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:45 pm

As it gets warmer we should have more and more nuptials. It's best to look after a rainstorm. Looking on the pavement is pretty effective for finding queens as they are visible when they walk over it.
Good luck, keep us posted!
Formicoidea, just as a question what colonies do you keep?
I keep quite a few.

- Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
- Iridomyrmex Sp. (x2)
- Camponotus Consobrinus
- Camponotus Sp.
- Myrmecia Sp.
- Rhytidoponera Metallica (x2)
- Rhytidoponera victoriae
- Notoncus Sp. (x2)
- Anonychomyrma Cf. Froggatti (x6)

I am however very new to ant keeping (my earliest queen being from December last year). Most of these are just queens.
im new as well. But i have joined the gan project as i have caught to many Queen ants for me to look after.

-unknown. [x1]
-opisthopsis sp. [x2]
-pheidole sp. [x5]
-Iridomyrmex Sp. [x8]

When did you catch the camponotus?
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

AusAnts
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Location: Darwin,Australia

Re: Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 66045Post AusAnts
Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:07 pm

Got some really good rain in the past day. caught 5 healthy opisthopsis Queens (there were over 20), maybe a trap jaw Queen ant (could be a worker), and a probably infertile small Queen ant.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

Rakeil
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Location: Gold Coast, Australia

Re: Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 66066Post Rakeil
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:09 am

Gold Coast based here, new to keeping as I recently nabbed a Camponotus claripes queen that made the mistake of crossing my coffee table as I was sorting/sterilizing the test tubes I had just gotten


Silly girl :P

AusAnts
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Location: Darwin,Australia

Re: Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 66067Post AusAnts
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:23 am

Thats some good luck. I reckon you will find more if you have a look around.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

Rakeil
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Location: Gold Coast, Australia

Re: Ant keepers in Australia NSW and all other states and territories in Australia

Post: # 66068Post Rakeil
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:10 am

Yeah that's the plan, i do a daily walk every afternoon after work so now I take 2-4 test tubes with me just in case

I'd like to get more as while my current queen is laying eggs (8-10 thus far) there is no telling how that will go, if I end up with a few tube colonies that are going well I may give them away to local guys looking to get into the hobby

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