What are your favorite ants to keep

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What are your favorite ants to keep

Post: # 38994Post MilwaukeeJake
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:09 pm

Im new to this, but very excited to get a couple colonies up and running. I was wondering what are some of the "best" ants to keep and why. I have a couple Camponotus queens one Pennsylvanicus and one noveboracensis. I will definitely keep one of them because I like the idea of big ants and getting majors. But they take quite a while to get going. So im also looking for something a bit faster growing as well. Im in Wi so Formica spp, Tetramorium, Lasius interjectus, Lasius alienus, Solenopsis molesta are still possibilities this year or Prenolepis impairs next spring. Im sure there are more as well.

So what are your Favs and what are the pros and cons to your choice. Anything I should stay away from?
Camponotus Pennsylvanicus
Camponotus Noveboracensis
Formica Obscuripes?

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Re: What are your favorite ants to keep

Post: # 39004Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:06 am

I love Formica ants. They are fast moving , aggressive to prey, and fast growing. My friend had a colony of these ants and loved them so much. I hope I catch a queen of these genus this year.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

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Re: What are your favorite ants to keep

Post: # 39846Post GrumpyEggs
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:54 pm

I like tetramorium (they are my only species thus far) they are very fast and small
Keeper of tetramorium immgrans

Dream species: prenolepis imparis

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Re: What are your favorite ants to keep

Post: # 46366Post king12345
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:22 pm

I love keeping Solonopsis

The really fast growing and hard to keep

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Re: What are your favorite ants to keep

Post: # 46375Post ClashOwenBash
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:03 am

I love keeping Pheidole sp. As they are fast-growing, have majors, and are small so can easily fit into any formicarium. Plus they are found almost world-wide!
Currently caring for a Lasius Niger colony :D

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Lasius Niger
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