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The Official SOCIETY OF DAKOTAN ANT KEEPERS Thread! Tetramorium!

ant keeping south dakota camponotus formica lasius solenopsis molesta aphaenogaster tetramorium pogonomyrmex occidentalis myrmica ponera brachymyrmex

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#101 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted May 13 2020 - 2:54 PM

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Yeah, yay nice weather! Is there any other species that fly besides camponotus in May?


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#102 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 13 2020 - 2:57 PM

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Yeah, yay nice weather! Is there any other species that fly besides camponotus in May?

Not really. Formica and Tetramorium start flying in July. Everything else flies in the fall.


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#103 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted May 13 2020 - 2:59 PM

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Cool, thanks. Hopefully I can catch a Tetramorium queen this July (Or get one from Ants_Dakota).


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#104 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 13 2020 - 3:00 PM

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I may find some as well. If I do, I'd give it to you for free.


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#105 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted May 13 2020 - 3:01 PM

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Awesome, thank you! That’s would be great. Or Mermica (Sorry I don’t know how to spell that:p).


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#106 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 13 2020 - 3:02 PM

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Awesome, thanks you! That’s would be great. Or Mermica

Or maybe both............  :D


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#107 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted May 13 2020 - 3:04 PM

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:lol: Well, I think I will only take one. (it just depends on which ever one comes first)


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#108 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 27 2020 - 4:25 AM

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Found the queen of a Lasius americanus colony when I was trying to collect host workers for my parasitic colony.
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#109 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted May 27 2020 - 7:08 AM

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Awesome, congrats!


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#110 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 28 2020 - 5:51 AM

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Found a Camponotus americanus colony with male alates in a local state park. Didn’t know we had them around here. Hoping to find some founding queens in a couple weeks after their flights.
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#111 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 30 2020 - 6:56 AM

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It’s supposed to get in the 90s on Monday and Tuesday. It usually doesn’t get that hot until the hottest days of July. I’m betting that is when Camponotus will fly.
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#112 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted May 30 2020 - 2:38 PM

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I will be in the Black Hills. Hopefully they fly there!


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#113 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 31 2020 - 4:39 PM

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Just found a small Myrmica colony and another Aphaenogaster rudis colony. Saw a few Brachymyrmex depilis workers, and tons of Lasius, of course.
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#114 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 4 2020 - 2:53 PM

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Camponotus are flying. Just caught a queen. Ironically caught a smaller (150ish) colony on the same day under some rocks.
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#115 Offline Ants4fun - Posted June 4 2020 - 4:04 PM

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Yup! I got Camponotus Pennsylvanians, Americanus, novebrecensus, and 1 smaller sp. a couple days ago.
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#116 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted June 4 2020 - 8:02 PM

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I caught a lot of modoc, 3 novaeboracensis(Sorry for spelling),and 2 vicinus. Also a parasitic formica.

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. -Proverbs 6: 6-8

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#117 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 16 2020 - 6:55 PM

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Found a Nylanderia cf. terricola queen in my garage.
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#118 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted June 16 2020 - 7:03 PM

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Nice! That’s not an every day kind of queen :)


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#119 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 17 2020 - 5:43 AM

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I’ve found them before. Never had much success, though.

Edited by AntsDakota, June 17 2020 - 5:44 AM.

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV versionCurrently Keeping: Aphaenogaster picea, Aphaenogaster rudis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Formica subsericea, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Myrmica sp., Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, Ponera pennsylvanica ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________My Journal__________________________________________________________________________________________<p>Attention South Dakotans! Join us on The SoDAK (Society of Dakotan Ant Keepers)

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I caught a lot of modoc, 3 novaeboracensis(Sorry for spelling),and 2 vicinus. Also a parasitic formica.

Seems like you actually got the spelling perfect.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25






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