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Utah Ants, Keepers, Flights, and other Resources

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#121 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 17 2022 - 2:31 PM

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It's very likely they could prey upon themselves, or just let queens back in. You can see this with Lasius californicus in parts of Socal, the colonies and queens are locally abundant, yet with no subgenus Lasius nearby.


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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax nevadensis, Temnothorax chandleri, Temnothorax arboreus Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis xyloni, Formica perpilosa, Formica cf. lasiodes, Formica cf. neogagates Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex salinus, and Myrmecocystus testaceus!!!!

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

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#122 Offline UtahAnts - Posted August 18 2022 - 1:21 PM

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Went out to the desert recently and didn't have much luck as far as ants go but I did find this beauty. What is this grub looking insect? Its mandibles were vertically oriented with the muscle underneath the head and it had a dramatic attack response whenever the two stimulus hairs on its back were touched. It was about an inch long and found on the bank of a flooded wash.

 

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#123 Offline m99 - Posted August 18 2022 - 2:06 PM

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That's a baby sarlaac  *edit* sarlacc I don't want to make it angry


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#124 Offline FloridaAnts - Posted August 18 2022 - 7:49 PM

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Possibly tiger beetle larvae. What do you think?

The main diet is ants and small insects. Some have very deep burrows. Would love to see the adult form.

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#125 Offline logan.chats - Posted August 18 2022 - 8:06 PM

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Possibly tiger beetle larvae. What do you think?

Definitely looks like a tiger beetle larvae. I think you’re correct.


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#126 Offline UtahAnts - Posted September 5 2022 - 5:37 PM

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Saw some parasitic lasius queens along with a smaller unidentified queen that looks like a solenopsis or temnothorax species on saturday evening, around 7:30 to 8 PM. The last few days were the right type of weather for Lasius neoniger and americanus to fly as well, I just haven't looked around to much


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#127 Offline iggy - Posted September 19 2022 - 11:48 AM

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My Solenopsis above died from fungus without laying eggs.



#128 Offline UtahAnts - Posted September 19 2022 - 1:02 PM

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My Solenopsis above died from fungus without laying eggs.

I have a test tube with several founding queens and a lot of brood I'd be able to give you. PM me if you're interested.


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#129 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 20 2022 - 5:02 AM

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Possibly tiger beetle larvae. What do you think?

The main diet is ants and small insects. Some have very deep burrows. Would love to see the adult form.

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#130 Offline iggy - Posted September 28 2022 - 10:43 AM

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My Solenopsis above died from fungus without laying eggs.

I have a test tube with several founding queens and a lot of brood I'd be able to give you. PM me if you're interested.

 

I'm interested.  What species?



#131 Offline UtahAnts - Posted September 28 2022 - 2:45 PM

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Solenopsis molesta colony with several queens and a dozen workers. 


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#132 Offline iggy - Posted September 28 2022 - 5:21 PM

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Solenopsis molesta colony with several queens and a dozen workers. 

This will be my first colony.  What type of formicarium should I setup?

 

I'm in West Jordan.


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#133 Offline UtahAnts - Posted October 4 2022 - 6:45 PM

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I found some Lasius brevicornis queens a week or two ago. Also found another mystery Lasius queen, possibly parasitic, on my kitchen counter. Didn't expect to see one there


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#134 Offline UtahAnts - Posted November 12 2022 - 12:58 PM

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About a month ago while visiting Goblin Valley state park in a secluded section I came across a species I'm assuming is Veromessor smithi. Can anyone verify? I only saw two isolated workers within 50 meters of each other foraging with no visible nest entrance or plant life within the immediate area. I apologize for the picture quality, I was using my old iPhone at the time, and was not able to zoom in on the base of the antenna or other distinguishing features.

 

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#135 Offline United-Ants - Posted November 12 2022 - 2:19 PM

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That is Veromessor smithi
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