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Any embarrassing anting stories?


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#21 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted January 19 2021 - 3:54 PM

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Thankfully, I don't have too many embarrassing moments. Usually, whenever someone asks what I am doing, and I answer, they usually either go, "Oh, OK." or, "Oh, that's cool."

i do a mix of acting like i can't hear them and saying looking for ants


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#22 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted January 19 2021 - 5:01 PM

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Thankfully, I don't have too many embarrassing moments. Usually, whenever someone asks what I am doing, and I answer, they usually either go, "Oh, OK." or, "Oh, that's cool."

i do a mix of acting like i can't hear them and saying looking for ants

 

When I say looking for ants, it usually earns me a response of, "I saw an ant a few feet away, but I stepped on it."


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#23 Offline Chickalo - Posted January 20 2021 - 5:05 AM

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Thankfully, I don't have too many embarrassing moments. Usually, whenever someone asks what I am doing, and I answer, they usually either go, "Oh, OK." or, "Oh, that's cool."

i do a mix of acting like i can't hear them and saying looking for ants

 

When I say looking for ants, it usually earns me a response of, "I saw an ant a few feet away, but I stepped on it."

 

yeah, one time my friend beheaded a lasius neo queen which i was very angry at, and flug a tetra but since it was mulch i couldn't find her D:<


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#24 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 20 2021 - 6:11 AM

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I caught a C. novaeboracensis queen at my friend's house while my neighborhood was having a party outside, and I was running back to my house holding it in one of my hands, and I guess my dad observes that I am holding something in one hand. So, "HEY KAEL DO YOU HAVE AN ANT??!!" Everyone just turned and looked at me and it was really awkward. The queen died a few weeks later (I think a few weeks).


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#25 Offline NickAnter - Posted January 20 2021 - 7:33 AM

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Must have died of embarrassment.


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Lasius americanus--about 200 Workers

Nylanderia vividula--500+ workers

Temnothorax rudis--9-20 workers and brood                           

Pheidole navigans--500+? workers

Strumigenys membranifera!!!!--25 queens

Camponotus maritimus--2-6 workers and brood.

Dorymyrmex insanus--6 workers

Solenopsis "plebius"--5-15 workers

Solenopsis cf. truncorum--Eggs


#26 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted January 20 2021 - 7:46 AM

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#27 Offline AntsDakota - Posted January 20 2021 - 7:52 AM

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I caught a C. novaeboracensis queen at my friend's house while my neighborhood was having a party outside, and I was running back to my house holding it in one of my hands, and I guess my dad observes that I am holding something in one hand. So, "HEY KAEL DO YOU HAVE AN ANT??!!" Everyone just turned and looked at me and it was really awkward. The queen died a few weeks later (I think a few weeks).

I feel you there. I actually take (sometimes drastic) steps to prevent that sort of situation beforehand, lol.


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#28 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 20 2021 - 9:35 AM

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I was at a July 4th party once when I found a Tetramorium queen floating in a pool. I put her in a container and set her to the side, but someone ended up stepping on the container and breaking it open. My coworkers were talking crap about me while I was swimming, apparently. I’m old enough now that I don’t give a crap about that stuff anymore, though.
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#29 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted January 20 2021 - 10:19 AM

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i hope they are bitten by the ant with the most painful sting in VA! and then get bitten by Eciton!


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#30 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 20 2021 - 10:38 AM

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i hope they are bitten by the ant with the most painful sting in VA! and then get bitten by Eciton!

Yeah, the elusive Eciton virginiana.
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#31 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted January 20 2021 - 10:46 AM

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Edited by Antkeeper01, January 20 2021 - 10:47 AM.

1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

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

 

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#32 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted January 20 2021 - 12:50 PM

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Oh man, this thread has some really funny stories. Please keep it up and add more.

Luckily my neighbors already know I'm weird, and the wildlife rescuer next door is taming the wild lizards in her yard, so if I did weird stuff locally I'd probably be okay. Among parents at our small private school I think I already have a reputation as the weird bug mom. (They kind of smile, wave, and act polite, so I guess that's okay.)


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Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus, vicinus, quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and previously californicus

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#33 Offline Spazmops - Posted January 20 2021 - 1:45 PM

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Nothing besides the constant stares I get. 


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#34 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 21 2021 - 8:03 AM

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I remember this one from back when I was just starting antkeeping. I was going on a hike with my family and caught a Camponotus nearcticus queen in the parking lot before we started down the trail. At one point in the hike we had to cross a fallen log over a small creek/stream. I made it over the water fine, but as I was dismounting I slipped and fell to the ground. And naturally my first thought was to protect the queen rather than myself. So I ended up landing flat on my back with my arm sticking up in the air holding a test tube while shouting "My queen!" I can only imagine what the old couple crossing the log behind me thought.


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#35 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted January 21 2021 - 8:06 AM

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I remember this one from back when I was just starting antkeeping. I was going on a hike with my family and caught a Camponotus nearcticus queen in the parking lot before we started down the trail. At one point in the hike we had to cross a fallen log over a small creek/stream. I made it over the water fine, but as I was dismounting I slipped and fell to the ground. And naturally my first thought was to protect the queen rather than myself. So I ended up landing flat on my back with my arm sticking up in the air holding a test tube while shouting "My queen!" I can only imagine what the old couple crossing the log behind me thought.

This story is the funniest of all the ones posted on this thread lol.


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#36 Offline NickAnter - Posted January 21 2021 - 9:21 AM

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"What is it with these young whipper-snappers these days?"


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Lasius americanus--about 200 Workers

Nylanderia vividula--500+ workers

Temnothorax rudis--9-20 workers and brood                           

Pheidole navigans--500+? workers

Strumigenys membranifera!!!!--25 queens

Camponotus maritimus--2-6 workers and brood.

Dorymyrmex insanus--6 workers

Solenopsis "plebius"--5-15 workers

Solenopsis cf. truncorum--Eggs


#37 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted January 21 2021 - 9:27 AM

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i hope they are bitten by the ant with the most painful sting in VA! and then get bitten by Eciton!

Yeah, the elusive Eciton virginiana.

 

except in this case I could release my harvester ants on em, that should show them!


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#38 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted January 21 2021 - 9:58 AM

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i hope they are bitten by the ant with the most painful sting in VA! and then get bitten by Eciton!

Yeah, the elusive Eciton virginiana.

 

except in this case I could release my harvester ants on em, that should show them!

That's nothing compared to a colony of angry wasps ;)


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#39 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted January 21 2021 - 10:44 AM

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I think both are as bad as they can get


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#40 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 21 2021 - 11:48 AM

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man. Hopefully there will be many more stories like this by the end of this year!


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