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#1 Offline XZero38 - Posted August 23 2016 - 8:02 AM

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Randomly found this queen and wasnt going to start a journal for her until she had some brood, well she has 4 eggs right now. Hoping she will be successful as this is the largest species I have now.

 

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I seem to keep finding species that no one else on the site has raised before.



#2 Online Canadian anter - Posted August 23 2016 - 9:43 AM

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I have these!
Well.... similar size and color.
Might be something else

Edited by Canadian anter, August 23 2016 - 9:44 AM.

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#3 Offline YawningGull - Posted August 26 2016 - 10:55 AM

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I'm pretty sure I have a formica argentea queen. There's formica fusca nests (F. argentea I think) all around my house and I love them :D. Cuz they're so big and fast. But my dad wants to spray pesticides and kill them ;(

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#4 Offline XZero38 - Posted August 26 2016 - 12:11 PM

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I'm pretty sure I have a formica argentea queen. There's formica fusca nests (F. argentea I think) all around my house and I love them :D. Cuz they're so big and fast. But my dad wants to spray pesticides and kill them ;(

Gotta get yourself a queen before that happens!



#5 Offline YawningGull - Posted August 26 2016 - 1:42 PM

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I'm pretty sure I have a formica argentea queen. There's formica fusca nests (F. argentea I think) all around my house and I love them :D. Cuz they're so big and fast. But my dad wants to spray pesticides and kill them ;(

Gotta get yourself a queen before that happens!

Yeah I'm gonna brood boost my current queens and try and capture as many colonies as I can before he sprays.
He wants to spray around the house, like in cracks. Will this kill a colony that's like 2-3 meters from where he wants to spray?

#6 Offline sgheaton - Posted August 29 2016 - 5:03 AM

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What's your plan for this species? Buy somethin' or you makin'?


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#7 Offline Shareallicu - Posted September 8 2016 - 6:24 PM

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How's your colony doing?  I found a Formica Argentea too!  She hasn't laid eggs yet.  I gave her dirt and sugar water, but she hasn't started.  I don't know why :(



#8 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted September 8 2016 - 6:52 PM

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Exterminating a Formica species is so dumb. Just trading one "pest" for all the others which Formica hunt.


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If you've enjoyed using my expertise and identifications, please do not create undue ecological risk by releasing your ants. The environment which we keep our pet insects is alien and oftentimes unsanitary, so ensure that wild populations stay safe by giving your ants the best care you can manage for the rest of their lives, as we must do with any other pet.

 

Exotic ants are for those who think that vibrant diversity is something you need to pay money to see. It is illegal to transport live ants across state lines.

 

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#9 Online Canadian anter - Posted September 8 2016 - 8:13 PM

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Exterminating a Formica species is so dumb. Just trading one "pest" for all the others which Formica hunt.


especially predatory formic like aserva.A least it's not one of those
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#10 Offline Salmon - Posted September 9 2016 - 2:28 PM

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How's your colony doing?  I found a Formica Argentea too!  She hasn't laid eggs yet.  I gave her dirt and sugar water, but she hasn't started.  I don't know why :(


I found one and put her in a normal test tube and she started laying within a couple days.

#11 Offline Shareallicu - Posted September 9 2016 - 2:32 PM

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How's your colony doing?  I found a Formica Argentea too!  She hasn't laid eggs yet.  I gave her dirt and sugar water, but she hasn't started.  I don't know why :(


I found one and put her in a normal test tube and she started laying within a couple days.

 

Nice, I witnessed her laying an egg last night!!  Very excited!  My first egg.... I mean, her first egg... :yahoo:



#12 Offline XZero38 - Posted September 12 2016 - 5:28 AM

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Quick update, I checked in on her over the weekend and she only has one pupae and no other brood at the moment



#13 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted September 12 2016 - 8:42 AM

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My Formica neogagates is kinda doing the same thing. I'm afraid of checking on her or taking photographs and causing her to realize how late in the year it is to have a pupa. Yum, yum.


If you've enjoyed using my expertise and identifications, please do not create undue ecological risk by releasing your ants. The environment which we keep our pet insects is alien and oftentimes unsanitary, so ensure that wild populations stay safe by giving your ants the best care you can manage for the rest of their lives, as we must do with any other pet.

 

Exotic ants are for those who think that vibrant diversity is something you need to pay money to see. It is illegal to transport live ants across state lines.

 

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#14 Offline XZero38 - Posted September 29 2016 - 5:26 AM

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So after not checking on her for a couple weeks i decided to check on her the other day. She now has one worker and another pupae.

Yesterday i decided to give her and the worker a cricket leg and when i went to give her the leg she had eaten her other pupae, the casing was discarded and flat on the other side of the test tube.

I'm hoping that she will get at least one more worker before going into hibernation for the winter.

 

Ill post pictures later today when i get home, I plan on updating all of my journals


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#15 Offline sgheaton - Posted September 29 2016 - 6:14 AM

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Ill post pictures later today when i get home, I plan on updating all of my journals

 

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#16 Offline XZero38 - Posted September 30 2016 - 8:40 AM

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Completely forgot to take pictures of her when i got home, nothing to exciting at this point though just the queen and one worker.

Ill try to remember to do it when i get home today after work.



#17 Offline sgheaton - Posted September 30 2016 - 8:54 AM

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AND YOU BETTER POST THEM CORRECTLY OR FACE THE WRATH OF STRANGERS NOT WANTING TO CLICK LINKS!!!

Said I would hold you too it. Not sure what that means. I was wanting to see a picture just to see how you're housing her. Still test tube? 


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#18 Offline XZero38 - Posted September 30 2016 - 10:03 AM

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Yeah her and my molesta queen are just chillin in test tubes for now.



#19 Offline sgheaton - Posted September 30 2016 - 10:15 AM

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Haha....didn't...even think about the Molesta queen.  

 

....you gonna leave 'em in there for their hibernation chamber?


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#20 Offline XZero38 - Posted September 30 2016 - 11:11 AM

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probably just gonna leave them in the tube for the winter since molestia only has 4 larva and argentea has 1 worker







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