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Ontario Anting Thread


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#201 Offline rbarreto - Posted August 23 2018 - 12:50 PM

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Found an Aphaenogaster queen today. I'm not sure what species but I'm leaning towards fulva or rudis. I will find out once I get a better look at her.

Edited by rbarreto, August 23 2018 - 12:51 PM.

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Aphaenogaster picea

Lasius claviger

Lasius umbratus

Lasius sp. (black workers)

Lasius sp. (yellow/orange workers)

Formica pallidefulva (northern color form)

Prenolepis imparis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Temnothorax cf. curvispinosus

Tetramorium immigrans ( 2 polygynous, 1 monogynous)

 


#202 Offline Ikerrilove - Posted August 23 2018 - 2:14 PM

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Saw 2 species getting ready to fly tonight. One on the rocky beach and another in a clearing on the edge of the forest and those were orange. Sorry I can't give more info but ya they're flying in eastern ontario



#203 Offline rbarreto - Posted August 24 2018 - 11:38 AM

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Saw the largest flight I've ever seen, Lasius aphidicola everywhere, thousands of dead male alates.

 

Also among the chaos I found a Formica sp. alate?? 


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Aphaenogaster picea

Lasius claviger

Lasius umbratus

Lasius sp. (black workers)

Lasius sp. (yellow/orange workers)

Formica pallidefulva (northern color form)

Prenolepis imparis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Temnothorax cf. curvispinosus

Tetramorium immigrans ( 2 polygynous, 1 monogynous)

 


#204 Offline Ikerrilove - Posted August 24 2018 - 5:33 PM

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Tons of flying ants here this evening. I need better pictures of one I found. She was so orange she was almost red and her gaster seemed longer then others I've seen so far this year. I was catching another species queen and there she was on the patio stones with no wings.

 

My guess for the ones that were practically landing on me tonight is some kind of Laisius lawn dweller. I got about 5 of them tonight and left the rest to do their thing.


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#205 Offline rbarreto - Posted August 25 2018 - 6:39 AM

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Tons of flying ants here this evening. I need better pictures of one I found. She was so orange she was almost red and her gaster seemed longer then others I've seen so far this year. I was catching another species queen and there she was on the patio stones with no wings.

My guess for the ones that were practically landing on me tonight is some kind of Laisius lawn dweller. I got about 5 of them tonight and left the rest to do their thing.

I'm just going to take a wild guess and say that the orange queen is lasius latipes.
Also, Canadian anter helped me determine that the really late flying Formica sp. queen I found yesterday is either neogagates or lasioides. I think the way to tell these two species appart is by the hairs on the scapes. This queen doesn't appear to have any which leads me to believe she is Formica neogagates.

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My journal featuring:

Aphaenogaster picea

Lasius claviger

Lasius umbratus

Lasius sp. (black workers)

Lasius sp. (yellow/orange workers)

Formica pallidefulva (northern color form)

Prenolepis imparis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Temnothorax cf. curvispinosus

Tetramorium immigrans ( 2 polygynous, 1 monogynous)

 


#206 Offline Ikerrilove - Posted August 29 2018 - 4:59 AM

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I can't believe the number of Crematogaster queens that are around right now. They're all over the deck upstairs and the patio stones. I counted 7 on the deck all at the same time. 

 

Must be a healthy population around here to produce so many :) 



#207 Offline Penguin - Posted September 2 2018 - 4:36 PM

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I think there was a wasp or bee nuptial flight today, only saw them outside my house for some reason... here are some pics

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Sorry this ones quite blurry, found it on the side of a brick on my house

 

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This one is also quite blurry

 

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I saw about 5 of these in total, I apologize for the poor image quality, I was rushing as I wanted to release them as soon as possible 


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#208 Offline Lazarus - Posted September 3 2018 - 3:01 PM

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Just found what I'm quite certain is a Crematogaster Cerasi queen. Tried to take pics but they are too blurry to bother uploading so I'll try again tomorrow.


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#209 Offline Canadian anter - Posted September 3 2018 - 6:23 PM

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Lasius have been flying in small numbers for days along with the other fall species


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#210 Offline dermy - Posted September 3 2018 - 9:32 PM

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I think there was a wasp or bee nuptial flight today, only saw them outside my house for some reason... here are some pics

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I saw about 5 of these girls in total, I apologize for the poor image quality, I was rushing as I wanted to release them as soon as possible 

Looks like [not 100% sure] a Dolichovespula maculata male judging by the curling on the antenna. It was either casted out because male wasps like ants are worthless or maybe [not 100% sure how Dolichovespula mate] looking for another nest to mate with a queen that will hibernate and be the queens/nest builders of next year.


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#211 Offline Ikerrilove - Posted September 4 2018 - 4:42 AM

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Still seeing tons of Crematogaster queens here. Around 1pm they're all over the deck on the river side of the house. I don't think they care as much about flying after rain as other ants. Afternoons I find them so long as it's not freezing out. 


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#212 Offline rbarreto - Posted September 4 2018 - 11:19 AM

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Lasius aphidicola flight today. Caught a bunch. Now I just need to find a ton of host workers

My journal featuring:

Aphaenogaster picea

Lasius claviger

Lasius umbratus

Lasius sp. (black workers)

Lasius sp. (yellow/orange workers)

Formica pallidefulva (northern color form)

Prenolepis imparis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Temnothorax cf. curvispinosus

Tetramorium immigrans ( 2 polygynous, 1 monogynous)

 


#213 Offline Ikerrilove - Posted September 17 2018 - 4:13 AM

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I've seen a couple flights the last few days but I think they were all social parasites. 

 

I did see another Crematogaster flight but not the flood of queens around the house I saw before.

 

Anything else fly this time of year or are they mostly social parasites on the hunt for new colonies to invade? 



#214 Offline Lazarus - Posted September 17 2018 - 6:02 PM

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I found one on labour day last week but she already died (another that got caught up in the cotton at the front of the test tube. :( )

 

Then I found this big one on Sunday. Help with the ID would be appreciated:

http://www.formicult...ne/#entry101997


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