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Skwiggledork's Tetramorium bicarinatum journal. Discontinued 7/31/2020


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#1 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted April 9 2020 - 2:48 PM

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I unexpectedly and accidentally came into a small colony of T.bicarinatum. I probably have between 20-30 ants (workers and queens both with and without wings) and a decent amount of brood.

 

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Not the best picture since I scrambled to get a test tube and the AC test tube portal to start dumping them in and just snapped a quick pic to try and get an ID. I received a petridish formicarium and hydrated it too fast and water spurted out of it and there was a bunch of brood and ants in it, so they were just suddenly all over.


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#2 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 9 2020 - 2:50 PM

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I think they'd be fine in a test tube like you have them until they outgrow it. Just make sure they don't escape.


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#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted April 9 2020 - 2:59 PM

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These are not Pharoah ants. They are either Myrmica or Tetramorium bicarinatum, likely the latter if you are near NYC or Long Island.


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Colonies:

Nylanderia vividula   (800 workers, and many male alates)   Founding Queens                          

Lasius niger   (15 workers)                                                     Solenopsis xyloni   (dark pupae)

Lasius cf. americanus   (45 workers)                                     Tetramorium bicarinatum   (dark pupae)

Pheidole navigans   (16 workers)

Solenopsis molesta group  (1 worker)                                 


#4 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 9 2020 - 3:05 PM

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Either way, a test tube will suit them fine.
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#5 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted April 9 2020 - 3:49 PM

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These are not Pharoah ants. They are either Myrmica or Tetramorium bicarinatum, likely the latter if you are near NYC or Long Island.

The petridish formicariums came from Ontario, Canada, If that narrows it down. I'll try to get better pictures in a few. I'm kind of glad and kind of disappointed they aren't pharaohs.



#6 Offline NickAnter - Posted April 9 2020 - 4:20 PM

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If the ants came from Ontario it is most certainly Myrmica. You probably won't be able to get down to a species without a microscope.


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Colonies:

Nylanderia vividula   (800 workers, and many male alates)   Founding Queens                          

Lasius niger   (15 workers)                                                     Solenopsis xyloni   (dark pupae)

Lasius cf. americanus   (45 workers)                                     Tetramorium bicarinatum   (dark pupae)

Pheidole navigans   (16 workers)

Solenopsis molesta group  (1 worker)                                 


#7 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 9 2020 - 5:01 PM

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That seems to be some sort of Tetramorium. Possibly T. bicarinatum, a common exotic in greenhouses in Canada.


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#8 Offline VoidElecent - Posted April 9 2020 - 6:25 PM

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Where did you catch these? Could be Stenamma sp.


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#9 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted April 9 2020 - 6:37 PM

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#10 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted April 9 2020 - 6:38 PM

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Where did you catch these? Could be Stenamma sp.

I ordered some formicariums from canada and these were stowed away in them.


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#11 Offline NickAnter - Posted April 9 2020 - 6:51 PM

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Definitely Tetramorium bicarinatum.


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Colonies:

Nylanderia vividula   (800 workers, and many male alates)   Founding Queens                          

Lasius niger   (15 workers)                                                     Solenopsis xyloni   (dark pupae)

Lasius cf. americanus   (45 workers)                                     Tetramorium bicarinatum   (dark pupae)

Pheidole navigans   (16 workers)

Solenopsis molesta group  (1 worker)                                 


#12 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted April 10 2020 - 11:54 AM

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Ok, Now that I have some better pictures I would definitely agree these are T.bicarinatum. The petiole is to rounded to me M.pharaonis and the propodeum has a pair of spines, which the Monomorium doesn't.


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#13 Online Manitobant - Posted April 10 2020 - 1:31 PM

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that's 100% bicarinatum. I have a colony of these and they are extremely easy to care for. They'll eat literally anything and grow quite fast.
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Lasius latipes
Temnothorax pilagens
Temnothorax Americanus
Myrmica semiparasitica
Any formica microgyna group sp.

#14 Offline Canadant - Posted April 10 2020 - 1:41 PM

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Cool looking ants.

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"You don't get what you want. You get what you deserve".

#15 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 10 2020 - 1:56 PM

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Edited by AntsDakota, April 10 2020 - 1:56 PM.

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#16 Offline VoidElecent - Posted April 12 2020 - 9:49 AM

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Yep, T. bicarinatum. Didn't know they were in Canada. Nice pics, btw


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#17 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 12 2020 - 11:04 AM

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Perhaps they just arrived from a tropical location, or survived winter by living in warm buildings.
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#18 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted April 12 2020 - 3:48 PM

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The store I ordered the formicariums from sell ants within canada, so they may have just had some escape. No idea either way.


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#19 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted April 24 2020 - 11:57 AM

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The brood pile has exploded.

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And I gave them an outworld. I hate trying to feed colonies in test tubes and it keeps the test tube cleaner longer.

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#20 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 24 2020 - 1:01 PM

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Is this species necessarily as fast growing as other Tetramorium? Those queens look a little smaller and less productive to me (that is true with many polygynous species).


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