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My last anting season was _______ (Fill in the blank)


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#21 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted November 18 2020 - 9:24 AM

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This year i found out i liked ants i also found out i had about 40 species in my backyard and about 10 in the front yard. 

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#22 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted November 18 2020 - 9:24 AM

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This year i found out i liked ants i also found out i had about 40 species in my backyard and about 10 in the front yard. 

That's a huge amount. I probably have half that in my backyard.


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Formica subsericea queen with 2 workersLasius aphidicola queens-Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen| Camponotus novaeboracensis queen with ~35 workers10 Solenopsis molesta queens (together) with 5-10 workers| Lasius cf. neoniger queens| Apheonogaster fulva queenBrachymyrmex depilis queen| Myrmica cf. punctiventris queenStenamma brevicorne queen


#23 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted November 18 2020 - 9:33 AM

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i have a 10th of that in my front yard and bcakyard


This year i found out i liked ants i also found out i had about 40 species in my backyard and about 10 in the front yard. 

i have a 10th of that in my front yard and backyard


X1  Aphaenogaster .cf fulva Manica invidia queen with brood!

X1 Crematogaster species 1 worker

Ant Plants: Hydnophytum Puffii

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X1 Venus fly trap

X1 pitcher plant

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.


#24 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 18 2020 - 9:50 AM

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this year i found prenolepis. and more prenolepis. and more prenolepis. just like last year. only prenolepis. its frustrating when the only ant queens i literally every find are prenolepis :/

like i have never found a single other species of ant queen i literally don't know why

my yard is covered with prenolepis and monomorium lol

hopefully next year is better :P


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#25 Offline Spazmops - Posted November 18 2020 - 10:28 AM

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For my first serious year, not bad. I found and successfully founded 6 different genera and only missed out on a Brachymyrmex flight.


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#26 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted November 18 2020 - 10:32 AM

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this year i found prenolepis. and more prenolepis. and more prenolepis. just like last year. only prenolepis. its frustrating when the only ant queens i literally every find are prenolepis :/

like i have never found a single other species of ant queen i literally don't know why

my yard is covered with prenolepis and monomorium lol

hopefully next year is better :P

Could it be that the argentines tines killed everything else and Prenos pushed them back in your area?


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Formica subsericea queen with 2 workersLasius aphidicola queens-Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen| Camponotus novaeboracensis queen with ~35 workers10 Solenopsis molesta queens (together) with 5-10 workers| Lasius cf. neoniger queens| Apheonogaster fulva queenBrachymyrmex depilis queen| Myrmica cf. punctiventris queenStenamma brevicorne queen


#27 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted November 18 2020 - 10:55 AM

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this year i found prenolepis. and more prenolepis. and more prenolepis. just like last year. only prenolepis. its frustrating when the only ant queens i literally every find are prenolepis :/

like i have never found a single other species of ant queen i literally don't know why

my yard is covered with prenolepis and monomorium lol

hopefully next year is better :P

prenolepis is the best! i love them!


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#28 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 18 2020 - 10:57 AM

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this year i found prenolepis. and more prenolepis. and more prenolepis. just like last year. only prenolepis. its frustrating when the only ant queens i literally every find are prenolepis :/

like i have never found a single other species of ant queen i literally don't know why

my yard is covered with prenolepis and monomorium lol

hopefully next year is better :P

Could it be that the argentines tines killed everything else and Prenos pushed them back in your area?

 

ohhhh yeah that is a possibility 


 

this year i found prenolepis. and more prenolepis. and more prenolepis. just like last year. only prenolepis. its frustrating when the only ant queens i literally every find are prenolepis :/

like i have never found a single other species of ant queen i literally don't know why

my yard is covered with prenolepis and monomorium lol

hopefully next year is better :P

prenolepis is the best! i love them!

 

they are boring. i really don't like my colony. they just sit. and its soooo hard to get them to move. idk lol


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#29 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted November 18 2020 - 11:05 AM

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this year i found prenolepis. and more prenolepis. and more prenolepis. just like last year. only prenolepis. its frustrating when the only ant queens i literally every find are prenolepis :/

like i have never found a single other species of ant queen i literally don't know why

my yard is covered with prenolepis and monomorium lol

hopefully next year is better :P

Could it be that the argentines tines killed everything else and Prenos pushed them back in your area?

 

ohhhh yeah that is a possibility 


 

this year i found prenolepis. and more prenolepis. and more prenolepis. just like last year. only prenolepis. its frustrating when the only ant queens i literally every find are prenolepis :/

like i have never found a single other species of ant queen i literally don't know why

my yard is covered with prenolepis and monomorium lol

hopefully next year is better :P

prenolepis is the best! i love them!

 

they are boring. i really don't like my colony. they just sit. and its soooo hard to get them to move. idk lol

 

well, lasius is everywhere here, so i guess we all have our common ants


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#30 Offline AntsDakota - Posted November 18 2020 - 12:50 PM

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I have 7 species (that I've seen) in the yard of my new house (I moved a couple years ago):

 

Lasius neoniger

Lasius americanus

Formica sp.

Formica sp.

Solenopsis molesta

Brachymyrmex depilis

Lasius cf. aphidicola

 

Compare it with the ants of my old house (13 species at least)

 

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Camponotus nearcticus

Dolichoderus sp. (Found a worker, I think)

Formica sp.

Lasius americanus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius cf. nearcticus

Lasius claviger

Myrmica sp.

Ponera pennsylvanica

Solenopsis molesta

Stigmatomma pallipes

Tetramorium immigrans

 

Around my area we (myself, Ants_Dakota, Ants4fun, & Thunder_Birds) have found the following species:

 

Aphaenogaster picea

Aphaenogaster rudis

Aphaenogaster tennesseensis

Brachymyrmex depilis

Camponotus americanus

Camponotus nearcticus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Crematogaster sp.

Dolichoderus sp.

Formica argentea

Formica parasite

Formica subsericea

Formica montana

Formica pozolica

(Probably a dozen or more species)

Formica pallidefulva

Lasius aphidicola

Lasius americanus

Lasius brevicornis

Lasius claviger

Lasius nearcticus

Lasius neoniger

Leptothorax sp.

Myrmica sp.

Myrmica sp.

(probably half a dozen more Myrmica)

Nylanderia terricola

Pheidole bicarinata

Ponera pennsylvanica

Prenolepis imparis

Proceratium sp.

Solenopsis molesta

Stigmatomma pallipes

Tapinoma sessile

Temnothorax cf. ambiguus

Tetramorium immigrans

Tetramorium tsushimae


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#31 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted November 18 2020 - 12:54 PM

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I have 7 species (that I've seen) in the yard of my new house (I moved a couple years ago):

 

Lasius neoniger

Lasius americanus

Formica sp.

Formica sp.

Solenopsis molesta

Brachymyrmex depilis

Lasius cf. aphidicola

 

Compare it with the ants of my old house (13 species at least)

 

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Camponotus nearcticus

Dolichoderus sp. (Found a worker, I think)

Formica sp.

Lasius americanus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius cf. nearcticus

Lasius claviger

Myrmica sp.

Ponera pennsylvanica

Solenopsis molesta

Stigmatomma pallipes

Tetramorium immigrans

 

Around my area we (myself, Ants_Dakota, Ants4fun, & Thunder_Birds) have found the following species:

 

Aphaenogaster picea

Aphaenogaster rudis

Aphaenogaster tennesseensis

Brachymyrmex depilis

Camponotus americanus

Camponotus nearcticus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Crematogaster sp.

Dolichoderus sp.

Formica argentea

Formica parasite

Formica subsericea

Formica montana

Formica pozolica

(Probably a dozen or more species)

Formica pallidefulva

Lasius aphidicola

Lasius americanus

Lasius brevicornis

Lasius claviger

Lasius nearcticus

Lasius neoniger

Leptothorax sp.

Myrmica sp.

Myrmica sp.

(probably half a dozen more Myrmica)

Nylanderia terricola

Pheidole bicarinata

Ponera pennsylvanica

Prenolepis imparis

Proceratium sp.

Solenopsis molesta

Stigmatomma pallipes

Tapinoma sessile

Temnothorax cf. ambiguus

Tetramorium immigrans

Tetramorium tsushimae

add monomorium minimum to that, and myrmica americana.


Edited by Ants_Dakota, November 18 2020 - 12:56 PM.

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#32 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 18 2020 - 9:49 PM

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Man, this train didn't just derail, it's about 20 miles from the tracks by now. :lol:

 

I'm going to make another thread for all of this.


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#33 Offline ZTYguy - Posted November 18 2020 - 10:40 PM

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Man, this train didn't just derail, it's about 20 miles from the tracks by now. :lol:

 

I'm going to make another thread for all of this.

Oh lord that train has gone way farther than that.


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#34 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 19 2020 - 3:36 AM

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Man, this train didn't just derail, it's about 20 miles from the tracks by now. :lol:

I'm going to make another thread for all of this.

I guess I was the first wheel to hop the rail. Lol

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#35 Offline DDD101DDD - Posted November 19 2020 - 4:43 AM

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This was a a pretty decent year for me I think. I found Pheidole tysoni in a local park and found Lasius neoniger queens 3 consecutive days in a row. I didn't really look for queens most of the year though so that might be why I think my flights are better.


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#36 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted November 19 2020 - 8:55 AM

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I had an incredible anting year in Virginia.

Antdrew... so what your saying is this year was the worst ant season for you but the best... :lol:  :lol: The op bailed and left this on you antdrew how will you make this right? you have all the power of the thread now.


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#37 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 19 2020 - 8:59 AM

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Boom. Done.


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#38 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted November 19 2020 - 9:18 AM

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Man, this train didn't just derail, it's about 20 miles from the tracks by now. :lol:

 

I'm going to make another thread for all of this.

Make that 35 miles now.... :rofl:



#39 Offline gs5248 - Posted January 11 2021 - 6:50 PM

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My last anting season was the summer of 2019. I only found tetras. But for me that was still a rare find, as my neighborhood is completley ruled by Argentine ants. I did not find anything in 2020. I searched literally everywhere. I even went into the Sierra Nevada mountain range and still did not find anything.



#40 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted January 12 2021 - 5:04 AM

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My last anting season was one of the best! I finally moved away from those darn Argentines! You think Tetra's are bad? At least they stay on the ground! You know it's bad when the RIFA are loosing the battle! Anyways, I moved to a rural house on the lake that's actually pristine enough for tons of natives, and buckets of cryptics! I found Polyergus longicornis in the first week! I've made 3 state records so far, Strumigenys margaritae (which I found to be socially parasitic on louisianae), laevinasis, and Proceratium chickasaw. I've found more Strumigenys than I ever thought I would in a single season (I had previously only see 3 species), Stigmatomma pallipesProceratium croceum and silaceumCardiocondyla minutiorCamponotus subbarbatus, and many other lifers!

 

Outside of my yard I saw my first ever Pogonomyrmex badiusAphaenogaster floridanaDorymyrmex smithi, and Camponotus caryae. I hope this year will be even better. So far I found out that I accidentally collected a dead Neivamyrmex opacithorax worker at my Grandmother's house (where I've found tons of awesome species before), and now I've gotta look for a colony! Wish me luck!


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