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Where to look for Pheidole?

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#1 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 6 2017 - 5:24 PM

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So, as the title states, I'm (like many ant keepers) on a hunt for Pheidole. Ever since I started ant keeping, I've been wanting them. They are one of my dream species to keep. I know Pheidole queens are elusive, but I still keep looking every fall during their flight season. I also haven't seen them  on the GAN project in my area. Although, by looking, I mostly mean just staring at the ground and occasionally lifting a small rock or brick. Does anyone know any special tips for finding them, or at least what type of habitat they live in? I case you're wondering, the species around here are Pheidole bicarinata, Pheidole dentata, Pheidole pilifera, and Pheidole morrisii. Please help me if you have any info that might be useful! Thanks!


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#2 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted December 7 2017 - 7:37 AM

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Pools and blacklight seem to be successful. They usually fly on humid days, but they are very tiny, and you might have missed a few.
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#3 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 7 2017 - 2:13 PM

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Pools and blacklight seem to be successful. They usually fly on humid days, but they are very tiny, and you might have missed a few.

Illinois is also a fairly elongated state that stretches through many different habitats. Pheidole might not even live in the area of Illinois that I'm in. That's why I'm asking what habitat they live in, so that I might be able to visit the right part of the state.


Edited by Mettcollsuss, December 9 2017 - 4:20 AM.

Currently Keeping:

  • 1 Brachymyrmex Depilis (Rover Ant)
  • 1 Camponotus nearcticus (Carpenter Ant)
  • 2 Formica subsericea
  • 1 Unidentified Formica species
  • 1 Unidentified Myrmicine genus
  • 1 Unidentified Lasius species
  • 3 Tetramorium sp.E (Pavement Ant)
  • 1 Aphaenogaster sp.
  • 1 Ponera pennsylvanica
  • Various Fish
  • Clea helena (Assassin Snail)
  • 2 Phodopus roborovskii (Roborovski Dwarf Hamster)
  • 5 Felis catus (Domestic Cat)
  • 2 Younger Brothers

#4 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted December 8 2017 - 7:56 AM

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They can live almost anywhere, I have seen them in the middle of the city in a desert, and there are tons up in the mountains near me. I have also found them in small forests.
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#5 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 9 2017 - 4:19 AM

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They can live almost anywhere, I have seen them in the middle of the city in a desert, and there are tons up in the mountains near me. I have also found them in small forests.

True, but I've never seen them here. The only place I've encountered Pheidole was when I was on a trip to North Carolina and saw a foraging trail harvesting a Cheez-It.


Edited by Mettcollsuss, December 9 2017 - 4:19 AM.

Currently Keeping:

  • 1 Brachymyrmex Depilis (Rover Ant)
  • 1 Camponotus nearcticus (Carpenter Ant)
  • 2 Formica subsericea
  • 1 Unidentified Formica species
  • 1 Unidentified Myrmicine genus
  • 1 Unidentified Lasius species
  • 3 Tetramorium sp.E (Pavement Ant)
  • 1 Aphaenogaster sp.
  • 1 Ponera pennsylvanica
  • Various Fish
  • Clea helena (Assassin Snail)
  • 2 Phodopus roborovskii (Roborovski Dwarf Hamster)
  • 5 Felis catus (Domestic Cat)
  • 2 Younger Brothers





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