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#1 Offline Tfisupe - Posted December 15 2018 - 10:39 PM

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I'm looking for fellow members in Washington State. Trying to get a Formica Obscures colony going and I'm in need of queens and ANY advice. I have one queen pending purchase,so I'm trying to get everything in order.

#2 Offline Tfisupe - Posted December 16 2018 - 5:01 PM

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Anyone?!?

#3 Offline Fastcbr10 - Posted March 17 2019 - 9:41 AM

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I’m in Whidbey Island and there is another guy that I talk to here in oak harbor. Where are you located.
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#4 Offline PwnerPie - Posted March 19 2019 - 6:48 AM

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I'm from Washington as well, Sammamish area.
As far as advice, formica are fairly hardy. Make sure you have watch alot of the first YouTube videos from ants Canada. They go over alot kn how to capture and initially raise queens.
How big is the colony you are getting?
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#5 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 19 2019 - 7:27 AM

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I moved from the Seattle area in June. Formica pacifica are the easiest to raise there. Care is pretty much the same as other Formica, but they grow way quicker. I had a colony get over 2000 workers in 2 years without heating them.

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, March 19 2019 - 7:27 AM.

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#6 Offline Tfisupe - Posted March 24 2019 - 12:57 AM

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Fastcbr10 I'm in oak harbor

#7 Offline k4el - Posted March 27 2019 - 11:16 PM

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I'm in West Seattle and I've geared up to find my first queen(s) this season. I've been surprised how few resources I've been able to find for info on ant keeping around the immediate Seattle area. So much so I've been considering reaching out to the UW or WSU. I'm especially interested in having an understanding of what species are common and which are rare for this part of the state.

 

I've also been unable to find discussions on if species from the Olympic peninsula or Eastern Washington have ethical considerations for keepers in Western Washington.

 

If anyone has resources to share I'd be interested. 



#8 Offline PwnerPie - Posted March 28 2019 - 8:31 AM

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Hi k4el,
I wouldn't bring anything from the Eastside of the state to the west side.
As far why is common vs rare? No idea. I don't think there any endangered, so I don't believe there are any we should avoid catching. Biggest thing i can say is please don't disturb nests, just grab queens if there are walking around. It's hard for queens to start a successful colony in the wild. If we want our hobby to be sustainable we need to leave them grow and produce alates for us to catch!!

So close to queen hunting time!!!
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2x Formica Argentea
2x Myrmica Rubra
 
GAN Farmer: 4 Colonies sold
Goal: Supply school science classes with colonies for learning.

#9 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 28 2019 - 8:38 AM

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Queen hunting has not started there yet? It has in TN.... :thinking: I've already got some Prenolepis.


Edited by Ant_Dude2908, March 28 2019 - 8:39 AM.

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#10 Offline k4el - Posted March 28 2019 - 11:11 PM

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Hi k4el,
I wouldn't bring anything from the Eastside of the state to the west side.
As far why is common vs rare? No idea. I don't think there any endangered, so I don't believe there are any we should avoid catching. Biggest thing i can say is please don't disturb nests, just grab queens if there are walking around. It's hard for queens to start a successful colony in the wild. If we want our hobby to be sustainable we need to leave them grow and produce alates for us to catch!!

So close to queen hunting time!!!

Are you saying you wouldn't bring queens east to west for ethical reasons or for their survival/comfort? It seems to me the ethical line is if you're bringing them across a natural barrier they are unlikely to circumvent under their own propagation. My thought is a mountain range that has two very different climates on either side would be an example of this. 

 

As for disturbing nests, I have no plans to. Queen hunting seems to be part of the fun but I also agree it's the lowest impact method. Long term I've read info that suggests a Stigmatomma Oregonense can be found in western washington which as I understand is very difficult to find queens for without disturbing nests. Like I said though that is a long term thing that I wouldn't dream of trying with out a ton more experience and research.

 

Queen hunting has not started there yet? It has in TN.... :thinking: I've already got some Prenolepis.

Those are "Winter Ants" right? It seems so strange to me they don't live in the west. Especially given how hardy they must be and no, no queens just yet. Not that I've seen anyone post about any where or seen my self at least. We had a nasty winter (by local standards) that hasn't quite figured out how to end yet. There's been plenty of fluctuations in temperature in the last few weeks.


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#11 Offline k4el - Posted March 30 2019 - 3:08 PM

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I went out for a walk today along some local streams and scouted out a few hunting spots. Didn't even see workers much less queens so looks like everyone is still snoozing in my neck of the woods.



#12 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 30 2019 - 6:42 PM

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My woods are as active as ever! Move to Tennessee!

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#13 Offline PwnerPie - Posted April 11 2019 - 11:57 AM

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Hi k4el,
I wouldn't bring anything from the Eastside of the state to the west side.
As far why is common vs rare? No idea. I don't think there any endangered, so I don't believe there are any we should avoid catching. Biggest thing i can say is please don't disturb nests, just grab queens if there are walking around. It's hard for queens to start a successful colony in the wild. If we want our hobby to be sustainable we need to leave them grow and produce alates for us to catch!!

So close to queen hunting time!!!

Are you saying you wouldn't bring queens east to west for ethical reasons or for their survival/comfort? It seems to me the ethical line is if you're bringing them across a natural barrier they are unlikely to circumvent under their own propagation. My thought is a mountain range that has two very different climates on either side would be an example of this. 

 

As for disturbing nests, I have no plans to. Queen hunting seems to be part of the fun but I also agree it's the lowest impact method. Long term I've read info that suggests a Stigmatomma Oregonense can be found in western washington which as I understand is very difficult to find queens for without disturbing nests. Like I said though that is a long term thing that I wouldn't dream of trying with out a ton more experience and research.

 

 

 

Ethical reasons, for sure.

 

I have yet to see any queens, not time yet. By the end of the month you should start to see them. I have been seeing ants around though! Not many but they are definitely starting up. Last year they really got going at the end of May. It just needs to turn the corner are start hitting 70 reliably.

 

As far as moving to TN, no! West coast for life....atleast until the wildfires kill us all. haha.,


Keeper of:
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1x Tetramorium Immigrans
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2x Formica Argentea
2x Myrmica Rubra
 
GAN Farmer: 4 Colonies sold
Goal: Supply school science classes with colonies for learning.

#14 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 11 2019 - 1:15 PM

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Well, there was a huge Camponotus flight last night here. Camponotus chromaiodes, pennslyvanicus, subbarbatus and americanus were found. Today I found some chromaiodes, pennslyvanicus, subbarbatus and caryea.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                         

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#15 Offline k4el - Posted April 11 2019 - 6:39 PM

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Ethical reasons, for sure.

 

Yeah that's what I've resigned my self too as a WA resident. There are a few species on the east side of the state that caught my interest but a mountain range that splits the state in two is just too large a natural barrier for me to feel ok transporting across. I'm feeling ok about species from the peninsula though. As far as I've been able to tell from my research there aren't any species which aren't found on both sides of the water.



#16 Offline Fastcbr10 - Posted April 15 2019 - 1:42 PM

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I have seen Myrmica queens in Oak Harbor post flight this last weekend. I have four queens together now. Have you all seen anything this year?

#17 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 15 2019 - 1:46 PM

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I have seen Myrmica queens in Oak Harbor post flight this last weekend. I have four queens together now. Have you all seen anything this year?

Myrmica are one of the bigger flights this time of year in Washington. Temnothorax will be flying shortly, as well as Formica obscuripes, and other parasitic Formica.

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#18 Offline k4el - Posted April 15 2019 - 5:49 PM

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Glad to hear some one is seeing Queens. I've not seen any yet in my neck of the woods. Maybe I need to plan some trips outside the city. Parks and green belts may just not provide enough habitat near me =/



#19 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 15 2019 - 6:10 PM

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Glad to hear some one is seeing Queens. I've not seen any yet in my neck of the woods. Maybe I need to plan some trips outside the city. Parks and green belts may just not provide enough habitat near me =/


Well, I'm just going off of past experience that I have from when I lived there.

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#20 Offline k4el - Posted April 15 2019 - 6:52 PM

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Glad to hear some one is seeing Queens. I've not seen any yet in my neck of the woods. Maybe I need to plan some trips outside the city. Parks and green belts may just not provide enough habitat near me =/

Well, I'm just going off of past experience that I have from when I lived there.

Oh I know. You've been helpful.

Fastcbr10's report of a myrmica flight out in Oak harbor has me wondering why I've seen 0 flights of any species near by. It has me thinking I may need to expand my hunting grounds.
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