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What is the weirdest/most unexpected place you've found a queen ant?


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#1 Offline Manitobant - Posted September 3 2019 - 4:39 PM

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After hearing about how hightlyze is able to find so many queen ants in his house, I thought I would make a discussion thread on the weirdest, strangest and most unexpected places that we have found queen ants. I will start: I have found camponotus herculeanus queens in my school twice, once in the hallway and once in the music room. I have also found myrmica queens at a waterpark and just yesterday a formica subsericea queen that I accidentally dug up while digging a tetramorium immigrans colony I found, which are really rare (and not even officially recorded) here in manitoba.
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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 3 2019 - 4:50 PM

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Yesterday I turned my head and a Crematogaster queen was crawling on my shoulder. A little bit later, one crawled up on my brother’s beer can.
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#3 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted September 3 2019 - 4:56 PM

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Well this one time I found a Crematogaster ashmeadi queen wandering around in my aunt's house (ironically). I was somehow able to spot her in the dark with the only light being the dim light from the TV. I also commonly spot Strumigenys membranifera queens under rocks I just randomly flip over. I wouldn't say it's unexpected, but it's pretty neat. I've had queens land on my shirt before, and I even found a Stigmatomma pallipes queen only a few feet away from a giant colony of Aphaenogaster picea! I'd say my anting luck is pretty good...


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Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus nearcticus, Stigmatomma pallipesStrumigenys brevisetosaStrumigenys clypeataStrumigenys louisianaeStrumigenys membraniferaStrumigenys reflexaStrumigenys rostrata

 

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#4 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted September 3 2019 - 5:12 PM

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I had a Tetramorium queen land on my shirt once. Sadly she never laid eggs.


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Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica subsericea

Formica pallidefulva, Aphaeogaster cf. rudis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis


#5 Offline ponerinecat - Posted September 3 2019 - 5:14 PM

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In a old beer can. there was still some beer.


Prenolepsis in my hallway, crawling nonchalantly on the wall


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#6 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 3 2019 - 5:38 PM

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In the toilet, and in the shower. Myrmica, and Solenopsis molesta.
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 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax nevadensis, Temnothorax chandleri, Temnothorax arboreus Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis xyloni, Formica perpilosa, Formica cf. lasiodes, Formica cf. neogagates Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex salinus, and Myrmecocystus testaceus!!!!

 

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Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

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#7 Offline Leo - Posted September 3 2019 - 7:11 PM

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i've had a weaver queen land on my shirt


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#8 Offline FSTP - Posted September 3 2019 - 9:19 PM

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I went anting and ended up not finding anything. But then my dog Winston on the way back to my van started sniff snorfing around in a small tuffet of dried dead wild grass and out runs a big fat Formica francoeuri queen. I quickly scooped her up in a catch cap and then thanked and congratulated Winston. That queen and colony has forever been known as Winston's queen.


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#9 Offline RiotAnts - Posted September 4 2019 - 7:05 PM

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In one of my termite colonies I found a solenopsis molesta queen and a strumigenys queen just chilling. I released the molesta but the strumigenys queen died a week later sadly.


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#10 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted September 5 2019 - 1:46 PM

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In one of my termite colonies I found a solenopsis molesta queen and a strumigenys queen just chilling. I released the molesta but the strumigenys queen died a week later sadly.

But... How?!?


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Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica subsericea

Formica pallidefulva, Aphaeogaster cf. rudis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis


#11 Offline ponerinecat - Posted September 5 2019 - 2:09 PM

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ants actually regularly inhabit termite nest, either intentionally or not.


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#12 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted September 5 2019 - 2:43 PM

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I guess it's not like termites have eyes or anything to even see the ants. I wonder if S. molesta feeds off termite brood the way it does to other ants.


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Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica subsericea

Formica pallidefulva, Aphaeogaster cf. rudis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis


#13 Offline ForestDragon - Posted September 5 2019 - 4:01 PM

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I found 2 aphaenogaster tenneseensis queen outside of my school while waiting for lunch to end to go inside, its an urban environment with no woods in a 5 mile^2 radius and a crematogaster queen like 10 min before best day of my life, my science teacher was like -woah


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#14 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted September 8 2019 - 6:30 AM

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This isn’t really weird, but me and my friend were working on a wooden hut we built, and we hade these square pieces of wood to use as shutters. As soon as my friend picked one up a Camponotus nearcticus colony came flooding out of a crack in the side. That colony now lives in a jar with dirt, wood chips, and a plant.

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#15 Offline Manitobant - Posted September 8 2019 - 11:00 AM

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I've got a new one now: Today while sitting on a bench I pulled a formica limata queen out of my hair. Must've flown in there!

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#16 Offline Major - Posted September 8 2019 - 3:10 PM

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My body was cobvered in Brachyamyrmex Depilis queens, I thought they were mosquitos and kept swatting them. I found over 300 queens and only bothered catching 6. LOL


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#17 Offline SuperFrank - Posted September 8 2019 - 7:49 PM

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C floridanus on my bedroom wall, Odontomachus on my patio, Pseudomyrmex landed on my arm.

#18 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted September 30 2019 - 9:35 AM

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Not sure what variety she was, but a queen landed on my windshield at a red light. I would've opened the door and gotten her except I didn't have any containers handy. What made it exciting is this is the middle of Argentine ant territory and I never see ant queens around here. (I used to see queens in the Midwest/East Coast regularly but not around here.) I HAVE, however, seen hordes of TERMITE alates.... (That was before I ever thought about keeping termites.)


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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus, vicinus, quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and previously californicus

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.





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