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Why has no one kept Linepithema humile (Argentine ants)?

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#21 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted November 18 2020 - 8:23 AM

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or buy some pogonomyrmex occidentalis.

no! there are way cooler species available in california that she has access to, like camponotus quercicola and vicinus. and many others. and they are way less expensive than pogonomyrmex. 


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#22 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted November 18 2020 - 8:49 AM

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yes


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#23 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted November 18 2020 - 8:51 AM

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so many better sp in cali than here acromyrmex, camponotus us-ca02, and many others


though arizona and texas have the best ants like atta and odontomachus


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1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

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#24 Offline Manitobant - Posted November 18 2020 - 1:33 PM

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If i were you id honestly just buy a cheap solenopsis xyloni queen from someone in socal. Similar growth speed to argentines but 1000% better.

#25 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted November 18 2020 - 1:42 PM

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If i were you id honestly just buy a cheap solenopsis xyloni queen from someone in socal. Similar growth speed to argentines but 1000% better.

I doubt xyloni grow nearly as fast



#26 Offline Manitobant - Posted November 18 2020 - 1:43 PM

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If i were you id honestly just buy a cheap solenopsis xyloni queen from someone in socal. Similar growth speed to argentines but 1000% better.

I doubt xyloni grow nearly as fast
they're true fire ants that can get like 5k+ workers in a year so I'm pretty certain
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#27 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 18 2020 - 2:11 PM

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If i were you id honestly just buy a cheap solenopsis xyloni queen from someone in socal. Similar growth speed to argentines but 1000% better.

I doubt xyloni grow nearly as fast
they're true fire ants that can get like 5k+ workers in a year so I'm pretty certain

 

don't think anyone is selling xyloni rn... i was looking for some myself, found no one 


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#28 Offline M_Ants - Posted November 18 2020 - 3:42 PM

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Next year I'm going to catch 10000000000000000000000000000000. Didn't think people would want them. 


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Veromessor pergandei

Veromessor andrei

Crematogaster sp. 

Pogonomyrmex cf cali and rugosus

Various Pheidole

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#29 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted November 18 2020 - 3:44 PM

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Are there any journals on people keeping these?



#30 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 18 2020 - 6:49 PM

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Linepithema humile is commonly kept, and they're a superb study animal. Hobbyists dislike them cause they're boring (or maybe they havent figured out how to make L. humile fun yet ;)) My advice would be to keep any ant you want, as long as you have safe and legal access to them and you know how to keep them. Personally I enjoy going out into nature in person more than I do staring at an estimated shipping date, but how you obtain your ants is up to you.


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#31 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted November 18 2020 - 6:55 PM

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Linepithema humile is commonly kept, and they're a superb study animal. Hobbyists dislike them cause they're boring (or maybe they havent figured out how to make L. humile fun yet ;)) My advice would be to keep any ant you want, as long as you have safe and legal access to them and you know how to keep them. Personally I enjoy going out into nature in person more than I do staring at an estimated shipping date, but how you obtain your ants is up to you.

I would love to read a journal on them. Rn the only good documentation of a hobbyist keeping them I can find is from Ants Australia


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#32 Offline lsilverwoman - Posted November 18 2020 - 7:16 PM

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This is hysterical. I have to say, I've been watching them for months now and have seen NOTHING INTERESTING. Do you have any clue if they hibernate in winter? 

I don't think it has to do with their invasiveness like people say. Or ants like pheidole megacephala, solenopsis invicta, even monomorium pharaonis as some examples (lots of non-native/exotic ants around that people love to keep) wouldn't be so popular.

 

It more has to do with how boring they are. The most boring ant could ever be cursed with. Even if lived where they are native, they'd still be the most boring ant in the world. There isn't a single ant that is nearly as boring as Argentine ants are. And on top of how boring they are, they are also super hard to keep...so combine the two...


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#33 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted November 18 2020 - 7:20 PM

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This is hysterical. I have to say, I've been watching them for months now and have seen NOTHING INTERESTING. Do you have any clue if they hibernate in winter? 

I don't think it has to do with their invasiveness like people say. Or ants like pheidole megacephala, solenopsis invicta, even monomorium pharaonis as some examples (lots of non-native/exotic ants around that people love to keep) wouldn't be so popular.

 

It more has to do with how boring they are. The most boring ant could ever be cursed with. Even if lived where they are native, they'd still be the most boring ant in the world. There isn't a single ant that is nearly as boring as Argentine ants are. And on top of how boring they are, they are also super hard to keep...so combine the two...

 

What defines interesting behavior in an ant to you?



#34 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 19 2020 - 5:41 PM

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This is hysterical. I have to say, I've been watching them for months now and have seen NOTHING INTERESTING. Do you have any clue if they hibernate in winter? 

I don't think it has to do with their invasiveness like people say. Or ants like pheidole megacephala, solenopsis invicta, even monomorium pharaonis as some examples (lots of non-native/exotic ants around that people love to keep) wouldn't be so popular.

 

It more has to do with how boring they are. The most boring ant could ever be cursed with. Even if lived where they are native, they'd still be the most boring ant in the world. There isn't a single ant that is nearly as boring as Argentine ants are. And on top of how boring they are, they are also super hard to keep...so combine the two...

 

No, they don't. Native to SA so cold doesnt make them go away, although they may slow down activity as a result of a slower metabolism



#35 Offline Enderz - Posted November 19 2020 - 11:02 PM

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Kill them all!!!!!!! Get something better. 

Which species should I get? And where can I get it? 

 

probably Camponotus in the mountains, they will fly in spring.


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#36 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted November 20 2020 - 6:09 AM

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This is hysterical. I have to say, I've been watching them for months now and have seen NOTHING INTERESTING. Do you have any clue if they hibernate in winter? 

I don't think it has to do with their invasiveness like people say. Or ants like pheidole megacephala, solenopsis invicta, even monomorium pharaonis as some examples (lots of non-native/exotic ants around that people love to keep) wouldn't be so popular.

 

It more has to do with how boring they are. The most boring ant could ever be cursed with. Even if lived where they are native, they'd still be the most boring ant in the world. There isn't a single ant that is nearly as boring as Argentine ants are. And on top of how boring they are, they are also super hard to keep...so combine the two...

 

No, they don't. Native to SA so cold doesnt make them go away, although they may slow down activity as a result of a slower metabolism

 

we don't have any up here yet, so that is good.


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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