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#1 Offline ragingbananas - Posted May 19 2017 - 10:29 AM



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hello, i'm hoping to learn how to identify ant species. what resources can i turn to in order to learn this skill?



I am a new ant keeper


Tetramorium sp e - 30 Workers

Camponotus modoc - Captured colony (6 workers and brood)

Camponotus laevigatus - 3 Workers & Brood

Camponotus essigi - 4 workers & Brood

Pogonomyrmex barbatus - founding Stage

#2 Offline Bracchymyrmex - Posted May 19 2017 - 10:57 AM


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Try Alex Wild Photography or antweb. Start by looking at pictures of genera specific to your area.

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    • Pheidole bicarinata (1x)
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    • Temnathorax ambiguus (x10)
    • Forelius pruinosus (x3)
    • Myrmecina americana (x1)
    • Formica pallidefulva (x1)

#3 Offline VoidElecent - Posted May 19 2017 - 11:00 AM


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#4 Online Nathant2131 - Posted May 19 2017 - 12:24 PM


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Try Alex Wild Photography or antweb. Start by looking at pictures of genera specific to your area.

I wouldn't suggest this in the long run. Learning the ant's complicated anatomy to use keys (antwiki) is what you're going to be doing in the long run. Looking at images will help a lot to narrow it down just a bit, but not useful for going down to species, and in many cases not even genus.

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