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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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Hi there! I went on a 6 month or so hiatus, in part due, and in part cause of the death of my colonies. 

However, I went back to the Sierras, and restarted my collection, which is now as follows:

Aphaenogaster uinta, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus modoc, Formica cf. aserva, Formica cf. micropthalma, Formica cf. manni, Formica subpolita, Formica cf. subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Manica invidia, Pogonomyrmex salinus, Pogonomyrmex sp. 1, Solenopsis validiuscula, & Solenopsis sp. 3 (new Sierra variant). 


#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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#136 Offline United-Ants - Posted April 17 2023 - 11:05 AM

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might have Camponotus vicinus and camponotus sansabeanus flights soon as it is geting into the high 60s and low 70s



#137 Offline United-Ants - Posted May 20 2023 - 6:08 PM

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Camponotus levagtus had a flight in the mountains around neyfi I think that's how you spell it as well Camponotus sansabeanus in the sounding area
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#138 Offline UtahAnts - Posted May 27 2023 - 6:48 PM

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Large flights have been delayed by at least a week or so in Utah Valley due to the large amount of snowpack still in the canyons and the omnipresent rain this year.

 

Additionally, I came across this image from a few years ago. It appears to be some sort of myrmecophile living with a pheidole colony, does anyone know what genus it could belong to?

 

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It looks like a beetle larva, maybe Cremastocheilus or something along those lines?
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#140 Offline UtahAnts - Posted May 30 2023 - 9:45 AM

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Found some small mountain flights of Camponotus vicinus and a common Formica species at around 5000 feet last night. Which means the higher elevation colonies such as C. modoc should be about 2-4 weeks out from their first fights due the snowpack. Still waiting for the valley to get over 80 f to find some queens closer to home. Also pictured below is a different species of Formica and Myrmica sp. at 7000 ft. Any ideas on the species?

 

Time of flights: 9-10 PM

Temperature in the valley: high of 79 and low of 53.

Slight rain day before

Wind was 5 mph

 

 

 

Found a couple Camponotus vicinus queens

 

C. vicinus 1
 
C. vicinus 2

 

 

 

Several of these Formica queens were flying and making their founding chambers. Saw a couple drones as well.

 

Formica sp

 

 

 

Multi-queen Formica colony, no brood was seen on the surface.

 

Formica colony

 

 

 

Myrmica sp? Lots of larvae about to pupate found in each nest, regardless of elevation. Most of the colonies were between 5500 and 6500 feet.

 

Myrmica?

 

Not pictured were the dozens of Lasius colonies I came across. Brood development was dependant on elevation.


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