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#1 Offline uso - Posted April 13 2021 - 6:02 PM

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Hi everyone!

 

I just came back to this forum after years away from anting and ant-keeping. In high school and through the first 3 years of college, I was a huge ant enthusiast and I frequented the old yuku forum. I'm excited to see how the hobby has blossomed during the past 8 years, and I'm especially impressed by the big community on this forum that I remember dspdrew started in 2013.

 

I cannot understate the lasting impact this hobby has had on my life. I have always been interested in insects, and had wanted to be an entomologist since before I learned what that word meant. My discovery of Alex Wild's work in high school really turned me on to social insects in particular. In college I even did research for a while with graduate students and professors who were interested in the behavioral ecology of social insects and spiders. After I graduated I realized I no longer wanted to attend medical school, and after some difficult transition points in my life, I decided to make studying social evolution and cooperation a paying job as a biologist. Although I study bacteria now, I still take an interest in the social behavior of insects, other animals, and even plants, and because I study bacteria that are symbiotic in insects, I still involve insects in my work in the laboratory as well. While I no longer work with ants on a regular basis, they form intimate partnerships with plants, fungi, microbes, and other ants, which means I still get to draw on my weirdly specific knowledge from time to time!

 

This post probably doesn't mean that I will be posting regularly anytime soon; I just wanted to drop by and say hello.

 

 


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#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 13 2021 - 6:18 PM

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Wow, nice to see you again. For those who don't know, this guy was the MASTER at ID'ing ants.


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#3 Offline ZTYguy - Posted April 13 2021 - 6:23 PM

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This is so great!!! Happy to have you back!
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Currently Keeping:

C. fragillis, C. modoc, C. sansabeanus, C. us-ca02, C. maritimus?, C. vicinus, A. versicolor, P. rugosus, 

 

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P. imparus, Myrmecocystus, V. pergandei/andrei

 

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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 13 2021 - 6:31 PM

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Welcome back! We could really use folks like you around more.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.


#5 Offline Chickalo - Posted April 14 2021 - 4:00 AM

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Hello!  I have absolutely no idea who you are, but I hope to change that soon lol


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#6 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted April 14 2021 - 4:05 AM

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Amazing, Legends Do Come Back.


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#7 Offline Manitobant - Posted April 14 2021 - 9:51 AM

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The return of the king

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#8 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 14 2021 - 10:10 AM

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Welcome back!


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#9 Offline uso - Posted April 17 2021 - 12:17 AM

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I'm flattered everyone! I will try to lurk around more in my spare time, the documentation of different species in these journals is amazing nowadays. I haven't IDed an ant beyond genus in years, but I still have to identify true bugs for my work (another group that doesn't come easy). Hope to see you all in the rest of the forum, and feel free to ask me any questions.


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#10 Offline Lillyrose - Posted April 17 2021 - 1:22 PM

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It's really nice to meet you and welcome back!

#11 Offline JoeByron - Posted April 17 2021 - 9:24 PM

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I am glad to meet you. Welcome back! I love a good master... Crap that's for my bdsm forums. Scratch that last part






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