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#81 Offline rbarreto - Posted May 7 2018 - 11:53 AM

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During lunch I found a colony of large ants with many queens under a rock. They were a darkish red/black and very shiny. They looked like some sort of Camponotus or Formica and they moved way too fast for me to take pictures. Anyone know what they may be?


Edited by rbarreto, May 7 2018 - 11:54 AM.

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)

 


#82 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 7 2018 - 11:57 AM

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Could e etither of them. We only need pics of a single worker to solve this.



#83 Offline rbarreto - Posted May 7 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Ill try to go back tomorrow and take a picture, hate to disturb them again though.


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)

 


#84 Offline ken14400 - Posted May 8 2018 - 10:59 AM

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have anyone heard of antsnational?



#85 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 8 2018 - 7:25 PM

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I have



#86 Offline rbarreto - Posted May 8 2018 - 7:33 PM

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Lasius umbratus is literally everywhere at my work, I've taken 4 queens but I could easily have 20.

Anyone know If Lasius flavus is a possible host? Antwiki mentions L. alienus, brunneus,. emarginatus, neonigerniger, pallitarsis and psammophilus but I have the hardest time identifying anything other than L. flavus.


Edited by rbarreto, May 8 2018 - 7:46 PM.

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)

 


#87 Offline ken14400 - Posted May 9 2018 - 5:24 AM

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there's a lot of lasius niger workers in my place like lots of it but can't seem to find their queen



#88 Offline Lazarus - Posted May 9 2018 - 1:00 PM

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Lasius umbratus is literally everywhere at my work, I've taken 4 queens but I could easily have 20.

Anyone know If Lasius flavus is a possible host? Antwiki mentions L. alienus, brunneus,. emarginatus, neonigerniger, pallitarsis and psammophilus but I have the hardest time identifying anything other than L. flavus.

 

I have some Lasius Neonigers still in a test tube that I've been keeping alive since their Queen died. I was able to salvage the brood by boosting the one other Lasius Neoniger foundling colony I had.

Yours if you want 'em. I know there were 16 workers when I put them into hibernation but that count is probably lower now. I'd have to count them when I get back home this evening.


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#89 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 9 2018 - 1:22 PM

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Lasius flavus is a possible host for Lasius umbratus



#90 Offline rbarreto - Posted May 9 2018 - 4:49 PM

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Lasius umbratus is literally everywhere at my work, I've taken 4 queens but I could easily have 20.

Anyone know If Lasius flavus is a possible host? Antwiki mentions L. alienus, brunneus,. emarginatus, neonigerniger, pallitarsis and psammophilus but I have the hardest time identifying anything other than L. flavus.

 

I have some Lasius Neonigers still in a test tube that I've been keeping alive since their Queen died. I was able to salvage the brood by boosting the one other Lasius Neoniger foundling colony I had.

Yours if you want 'em. I know there were 16 workers when I put them into hibernation but that count is probably lower now. I'd have to count them when I get back home this evening.

 

 

 

Lasius flavus is a possible host for Lasius umbratus

Thanks for the offer but this works for me, I have an infinite supply of L. flavus workers and brood.


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)

 


#91 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 10 2018 - 5:03 AM

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Camponotus flew in St. Catharines yesterday. But it doesn't look like we'll have them anytime soon.



#92 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 13 2018 - 4:20 PM

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I believe Camponotus will fly in the Toronto area tomorrow


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#93 Offline rbarreto - Posted May 13 2018 - 5:22 PM

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So I recently moved houses and I spent some time looking through the local parks. Unfortunately it seems that Myrmica rubra completely dominates the area, so much so that the only other species I saw was L. flavus.


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)

 


#94 Offline Lazarus - Posted May 14 2018 - 6:30 PM

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Haven't seen any queens yet this year. Did see a few colonies w/brood when overturning rooks and attempted to scoop hoping to catch the queen along with worker/brood but no luck. I guess it's unlikely that the queen would be near the surface close enough to be scooped.


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#95 Offline rbarreto - Posted May 14 2018 - 6:43 PM

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Checked for Camponotus flights today while going for a run today but no luck.

 

 

Haven't seen any queens yet this year. Did see a few colonies w/brood when overturning rooks and attempted to scoop hoping to catch the queen along with worker/brood but no luck. I guess it's unlikely that the queen would be near the surface close enough to be scooped.

At this time of year I think the only queens you'd be able to find are Myrmica queens under rocks (I often find them near the surface but I ignore them because I hate them), or parasitic Lasius sp. roaming around although I haven't been able to find any for over a week (I was seeing them everywhere before that).


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)

 


#96 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 14 2018 - 7:06 PM

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strange. I didn't see anything either. Conditions seemed perfect today. I guess we'll need to wait a few more weeks.



#97 Offline rbarreto - Posted May 16 2018 - 5:31 AM

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Since flights in spring happen so much later than they do for the more southern states (because of the weather), does that mean that fall flights occur much earlier?


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)

 


#98 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 16 2018 - 5:35 AM

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Since flights in spring happen so much later than they do for the more southern states (because of the weather), does that mean that fall flights occur much earlier?

Latter lights here seem to occur at around the same time



#99 Offline ken14400 - Posted May 16 2018 - 6:19 AM

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what other ants are polymorphic that we can find in ontario that's not a camponotus species?



#100 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 16 2018 - 6:50 AM

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Certain parasitic Formica are polymorphic to some degree. You may also find Pheidole in greenhouses.






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