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#141 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted September 25 2020 - 7:30 AM

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I captured a couple of queens early last week and did the typical test tube set up. I believe they are Lasius Neoniger (I'm in Pierre if that helps with the identification) and I've been reading that they need hibernation. So I have questions about that. How should I do that, when should I start it and for how long?

Well for starters, neoniger will not rear their first workers before hibernation in temperate regions, and will lay come spring. Being South Dakota I would recommend sticking them in a refrigerator or a cooler in your garage starting in early to mid October up through early March (you could technically go through April, but taking them out in March is fine). 

 

Ha! That's what you think! My L. neoniger are already getting their first nanitics!  :lol:

 

I have found that they will usually get their nanitics before winter only if you put them in a dirt setup, which i would recommend to amerikanstrum.

 

Mine're in simple tubes.


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#142 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 25 2020 - 7:55 AM

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I captured a couple of queens early last week and did the typical test tube set up. I believe they are Lasius Neoniger (I'm in Pierre if that helps with the identification) and I've been reading that they need hibernation. So I have questions about that. How should I do that, when should I start it and for how long?

Well for starters, neoniger will not rear their first workers before hibernation in temperate regions, and will lay come spring. Being South Dakota I would recommend sticking them in a refrigerator or a cooler in your garage starting in early to mid October up through early March (you could technically go through April, but taking them out in March is fine). 

 

Ha! That's what you think! My L. neoniger are already getting their first nanitics!  :lol:

 

I have found that they will usually get their nanitics before winter only if you put them in a dirt setup, which i would recommend to amerikanstrum.

 

Mine're in simple tubes.

 

i have tried that for years, and it never seems to work. the queens just get eggs and then die after winter.


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#143 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 25 2020 - 8:10 AM

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Hi guys! I'm new here and new to formiculture but I've been watching YouTube videos for a while (mostly AntsCanada) and decided it would be cool to get into. I captured a couple of queens early last week and did the typical test tube set up. I believe they are Lasius Neoniger (I'm in Pierre if that helps with the identification) and I've been reading that they need hibernation. So I have questions about that. How should I do that, when should I start it and for how long?

also, i would post pics if you can. we would love to confirm the identification!


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#144 Offline amerikansturm - Posted September 27 2020 - 6:08 PM

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Hi guys! I'm new here and new to formiculture but I've been watching YouTube videos for a while (mostly AntsCanada) and decided it would be cool to get into. I captured a couple of queens early last week and did the typical test tube set up. I believe they are Lasius Neoniger (I'm in Pierre if that helps with the identification) and I've been reading that they need hibernation. So I have questions about that. How should I do that, when should I start it and for how long?

also, i would post pics if you can. we would love to confirm the identification!

 

Hi here are some pics and as I mentioned in my message, would I just do regular dirt, place them on top and let them dig and then use the pipette to put water in on top? reason I ask is because I did scoop up dirt with one of the queens and she buried herself in but then I realized she didn't have water so I moved her.
https://www.formicul.../21575-topview/

https://www.formicul...21574-sideview/


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#145 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 28 2020 - 5:12 AM

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Hi guys! I'm new here and new to formiculture but I've been watching YouTube videos for a while (mostly AntsCanada) and decided it would be cool to get into. I captured a couple of queens early last week and did the typical test tube set up. I believe they are Lasius Neoniger (I'm in Pierre if that helps with the identification) and I've been reading that they need hibernation. So I have questions about that. How should I do that, when should I start it and for how long?

also, i would post pics if you can. we would love to confirm the identification!

 

Hi here are some pics and as I mentioned in my message, would I just do regular dirt, place them on top and let them dig and then use the pipette to put water in on top? reason I ask is because I did scoop up dirt with one of the queens and she buried herself in but then I realized she didn't have water so I moved her.
https://www.formicul.../21575-topview/

https://www.formicul...21574-sideview/

 

That is exactly correct to how you water them. also, those pics look like lasius neoniger to me, so good identification!


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#146 Offline amerikansturm - Posted September 28 2020 - 3:17 PM

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Hi guys! I'm new here and new to formiculture but I've been watching YouTube videos for a while (mostly AntsCanada) and decided it would be cool to get into. I captured a couple of queens early last week and did the typical test tube set up. I believe they are Lasius Neoniger (I'm in Pierre if that helps with the identification) and I've been reading that they need hibernation. So I have questions about that. How should I do that, when should I start it and for how long?

also, i would post pics if you can. we would love to confirm the identification!

 

Hi here are some pics and as I mentioned in my message, would I just do regular dirt, place them on top and let them dig and then use the pipette to put water in on top? reason I ask is because I did scoop up dirt with one of the queens and she buried herself in but then I realized she didn't have water so I moved her.
https://www.formicul.../21575-topview/

https://www.formicul...21574-sideview/

 

That is exactly correct to how you water them. also, those pics look like lasius neoniger to me, so good identification!

 

Thanks!


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#147 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 28 2020 - 3:44 PM

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Hi guys! I'm new here and new to formiculture but I've been watching YouTube videos for a while (mostly AntsCanada) and decided it would be cool to get into. I captured a couple of queens early last week and did the typical test tube set up. I believe they are Lasius Neoniger (I'm in Pierre if that helps with the identification) and I've been reading that they need hibernation. So I have questions about that. How should I do that, when should I start it and for how long?

also, i would post pics if you can. we would love to confirm the identification!

 

Hi here are some pics and as I mentioned in my message, would I just do regular dirt, place them on top and let them dig and then use the pipette to put water in on top? reason I ask is because I did scoop up dirt with one of the queens and she buried herself in but then I realized she didn't have water so I moved her.
https://www.formicul.../21575-topview/

https://www.formicul...21574-sideview/

 

That is exactly correct to how you water them. also, those pics look like lasius neoniger to me, so good identification!

 

Thanks!

 

you really have no idea how excited to have another member from South Dakota. I know all the other ones really well. Hopefully you are on formiculture a once in a while, and learn lots of new things like i did!


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#148 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted October 6 2020 - 4:40 PM

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saw a lasius neoniger queen yesterday. claviger still not swarming, though.


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#149 Offline Ants4fun - Posted October 6 2020 - 4:43 PM

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saw a lasius neoniger queen yesterday. claviger still not swarming, though.


Some L. Claviger already flew!

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#150 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted October 6 2020 - 4:46 PM

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saw a lasius neoniger queen yesterday. claviger still not swarming, though.


Some L. Claviger already flew!

 

what! did you get any queens!


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#151 Offline Ants4fun - Posted October 6 2020 - 4:48 PM

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No, didn’t get the chance, but they usually fly the same time as L. Neoniger and can often be found around them. I saw a few of them during the big L. Neoniger flight.
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#152 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted October 6 2020 - 6:05 PM

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No, didn’t get the chance, but they usually fly the same time as L. Neoniger and can often be found around them. I saw a few of them during the big L. Neoniger flight.

that we missed. do you have any extra lasius?


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#153 Offline AntsDakota - Posted October 7 2020 - 6:07 AM

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No, didn’t get the chance, but they usually fly the same time as L. Neoniger and can often be found around them. I saw a few of them during the big L. Neoniger flight.

Did it happen around the same time it does every year? 

 

do you have any extra lasius?

I second this.  :D


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"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 version


#154 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted October 7 2020 - 6:31 AM

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No, didn’t get the chance, but they usually fly the same time as L. Neoniger and can often be found around them. I saw a few of them during the big L. Neoniger flight.

Did it happen around the same time it does every year? 

 

do you have any extra lasius?

I second this.  :D

 

we need lasius!!!


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#155 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted October 15 2020 - 11:13 AM

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i did a bit of updating to my first post to make it easier for new south dakotan ant keepers to see when ants fly. can you edit your first post so it looks really good, AntsDakota?


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#156 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted October 15 2020 - 5:37 PM

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really like the updated first post, AntsDakota!


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#157 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted July 17 2021 - 4:33 PM

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Well, I am on a camping trip right now, and on the first day I have caught 2 monomorium minimum queens, and a formica subsericea queen! 3 days left to go... let's hope for some more queens! Anyone have any ideas of what other queens are flying right now?
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#158 Online ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2021 - 3:10 AM

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Excellent findings!
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