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Anything (Remotely) Interesting About Bog Ants?

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#1 Offline Chickalo - Posted February 22 2021 - 9:01 AM

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Hello fellow people of Formiculture (and people without accounts),

 

Recently (and by recently I mean a few minuites ago), my science teacher gave up projects about biomes, and she each assigned us one biome to research on.  I was REALLY hoping to get Rainforest so I could go indepth about Army, Weaver, Fungi, and other ants.   But nope, instead I got bogs, which are somewhat interesting I guess.  Maybe she new if I got rainforest all I would talk about is ants, I dunno, but I'm pretty sure I've read about Canadian bog ants somewhere.  

 

That being said, It would also be nice if I had some information on Bogs in general.  Apparently there's some sort of clothing called bogs, so now my searches look a little something like this-

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I don't know if there's any interesting bog ants, since, you know, its a bog, but if there is, please let me now because the Google doesn't seem to want to help me... 

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#2 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted February 22 2021 - 9:05 AM

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Its a wetland mostly like a swamp, I don't think your gonna find any ants in something like that. Think of it as that muddy island you drive past in the middle of the pond.



#3 Offline antsandmore - Posted February 22 2021 - 9:11 AM

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Its a wetland mostly like a swamp, I don't think your gonna find any ants in something like that. Think of it as that muddy island you drive past in the middle of the pond.

me neither. Ants like humid conditions, but if its too humid, it won't really support their growth and will most likely kill them. Although there are ants that have adapted to exist in humid places like cave or rainforest like conditions, I don't think there are bog ants. And if there are bog ants, there surely isn't much research on them, but have fun looking for it! good luck on this project lol


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#4 Offline EthanNgo678 - Posted February 22 2021 - 9:26 AM

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Not sure if this helps but Formica transkaucasica Nasanov is known as the black bog ant.


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#5 Offline NickAnter - Posted February 22 2021 - 9:29 AM

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Formica picea also falls under that common name.


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#6 Offline CasiahJade - Posted February 22 2021 - 9:29 AM

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In bogs, you'll find a lot of peat, moss, fungus, and sedge.  You actually have one in Hawley that seems to be preserved fairly well, if the weather is nice enough it might be worth going out and taking a look.  You know how the ants local to you operate, maybe you'll be able to see some differences in how they do in the bog.


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#7 Offline antsandmore - Posted February 22 2021 - 9:37 AM

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In bogs, you'll find a lot of peat, moss, fungus, and sedge.  You actually have one in Hawley that seems to be preserved fairly well, if the weather is nice enough it might be worth going out and taking a look.  You know how the ants local to you operate, maybe you'll be able to see some differences in how they do in the bog.

This is good advice, but I want to point out that the region chickalo is located is Massachusetts, which is probably very cold at this time, and ants are probably hibernating.


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#8 Offline Manitobant - Posted February 22 2021 - 9:46 AM

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Some of the most interesting bog ants are lasius minutus, a social parasite that builds huge mounds and has massive colonies, and formica uralensis, one of the weirdest parasitic formica in both appearance and taxonomy. There are also lots of myrmica in bogs, as well as cryptics in general.
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#9 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted February 22 2021 - 10:04 AM

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Dolichoderus are found at the edges of marshes sometimes.


 

In bogs, you'll find a lot of peat, moss, fungus, and sedge.  You actually have one in Hawley that seems to be preserved fairly well, if the weather is nice enough it might be worth going out and taking a look.  You know how the ants local to you operate, maybe you'll be able to see some differences in how they do in the bog.

This is good advice, but I want to point out that the region chickalo is located is Massachusetts, which is probably very cold at this time, and ants are probably hibernating.

 

I don't think this project is about local areas.

 

Why did my posts combine?


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#10 Offline antsandmore - Posted February 22 2021 - 10:14 AM

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Dolichoderus are found at the edges of marshes sometimes.


 

In bogs, you'll find a lot of peat, moss, fungus, and sedge.  You actually have one in Hawley that seems to be preserved fairly well, if the weather is nice enough it might be worth going out and taking a look.  You know how the ants local to you operate, maybe you'll be able to see some differences in how they do in the bog.

This is good advice, but I want to point out that the region chickalo is located is Massachusetts, which is probably very cold at this time, and ants are probably hibernating.

 

I don't think this project is about local areas.

 

Why did my posts combine?

If you post multiple times in a short time period, it combines the post.


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#11 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted February 22 2021 - 10:29 AM

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Technically I believe Cephalotes varians of the the Florida Keys would count as a "bog ant".


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#12 Offline CheetoLord02 - Posted February 22 2021 - 10:34 AM

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Dolichoderus spp. tend to favor wet environments as well. Maybe not quite "bog"-like, but definitely wet. Definitely something I'd keep an eye out for.


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#13 Offline Manitobant - Posted February 22 2021 - 11:03 AM

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Here is an article on lasius minutus, perhaps the most well known bog ant in NA: https://ofnc.ca/prog...us-minutus-ants
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#14 Offline Chickalo - Posted February 22 2021 - 11:06 AM

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The look on my teacher's face when I credit names such as "Cheeto" and "Manitobant"

Also, thank's for the article


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#15 Offline Manitobant - Posted February 22 2021 - 11:19 AM

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Also, since lasius minutus is also a social parasite, you can talk in depth about social parasitism, such as how it works and the types.
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#16 Offline CasiahJade - Posted February 22 2021 - 12:31 PM

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https://style.mla.or...n-online-forum/

 

That tells ya how you can cite forum posts in MLA format.  Just so you can have even more fun on the bibliography.


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#17 Offline Chickalo - Posted February 22 2021 - 1:01 PM

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Also, since lasius minutus is also a social parasite, you can talk in depth about social parasitism, such as how it works and the types.

You just made my day Manito.


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#18 Offline antsandmore - Posted February 22 2021 - 1:30 PM

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Here is an article on lasius minutus, perhaps the most well known bog ant in NA: https://ofnc.ca/prog...eld-club/study-

 

 

Also, since lasius minutus is also a social parasite, you can talk in depth about social parasitism, such as how it works and the types.

You just made my day Manito.

 

 

Now after this project is over you should submit a picture of an A+ here


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#19 Offline gcsnelling - Posted February 22 2021 - 4:04 PM

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I have collected Myrmica In northern California Sphagnum bogs where they were quite common nesting in the medium wet moss.


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#20 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted February 23 2021 - 8:46 AM

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Here is an article on lasius minutus, perhaps the most well known bog ant in NA: https://ofnc.ca/prog...eld-club/study-

 

 

Also, since lasius minutus is also a social parasite, you can talk in depth about social parasitism, such as how it works and the types.

You just made my day Manito.

 

 

Now after this project is over you should submit a picture of an A+ here

 

We will be expecting it after all this help.


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