New 2 ants

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Antcillary
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New 2 ants

Post: # 45600Post Antcillary
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:08 pm

Hello.....my son is getting into ants right now and so I am as well...this has been so much fun so far....I think I am at a point where help is needed...i have an ant in a testtube......is it a queen? I think so....and the species...formica?? I am unsure what to do from here. I have read alot of useful information but I would love some advice....lets start with the two questions posed... found yesterday on the side of a garbage can at the beginning of a pier out to the lake. woods around. caught in the afternoon.

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Re: New 2 ants

Post: # 45603Post Antcillary
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:10 pm

I attached a pic...and drag and dropped same pic....dont see it here....back to the drawing board.

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Re: New 2 ants

Post: # 45607Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:20 pm

Here’s how to post pics: https://youtu.be/c1Mu4Rw3s8w
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Re: New 2 ants

Post: # 45610Post Antcillary
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:21 pm

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Re: New 2 ants

Post: # 45611Post Antcillary
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:23 pm

thanks...i had just watched the video....you guys rock!!!! Hope the pic helps others help me.


The ant is appx 7 to 8 mm long. but dont quote me on that ...i guessed about 3/8 inch.

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Re: New 2 ants

Post: # 45629Post idahoantgirl
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:46 pm

hmmm looks almost like myrmica to me. maybe batspiderfish can help on this one. She definetly looks semi claustral.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: New 2 ants

Post: # 45635Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:21 pm

Looks to be a Pogonomyrmex sp.
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Re: New 2 ants

Post: # 45645Post CashTheEntomoligist
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:09 pm

Pogomyrmex Good For Beginners Until A Year Or Two
Keeper Of: Pogonomyrmex barbatus Queen 2x
Brachymyrmex patagonicus Mayr Queen 2x
Dorymyrmex Queen 2x
Dream Species: Pheidole Spp. (Big Headed Ant)

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Re: New 2 ants

Post: # 45648Post Antcillary
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:38 pm

thank you kindly for the reply.....it sounds like Pogomyrmex for the win.....any care tips for the species?? My plan is to leave queen alone until there are workers.....and then put the tube in a small aquarium that is set up with loose slightly damp dirt, rocks, a piece of driftwood....am i on the right track here? Also just to clarify....does she look like a queen for sure? Thank you all very much for the help...my son is 8...and he and I go all in on projects like this...especially ones that allow me to teach for years!!

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Re: New 2 ants

Post: # 45650Post Antcillary
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:48 pm

I am kind of afraid to ask...but why are they good for beginners until a year or two? What happens then?

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