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Looking for a Queen in MN

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#1 Offline Keeff - Posted April 17 2021 - 4:49 PM

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I am looking for a Queen for a new ant keeper.  I purchased the Camponotus Hybrid Nest from Ants Canada (always two steps ahead of myself) so I would prefer one of the species listed below.  I would love to get a Camponotus even though they are slow growers.  If any one in MN has any Queens please let me know.  I am willing to travel anywhere in state as I would rather not ship the Queen due to extra stress.  If anyone has any advice on a breed from the list that would be good for a beginner that would also be helpful.  I would love to attempt to find my own Queen but I am colorblind and it makes it hard for me to spot them :P

 

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#2 Online Manitobant - Posted April 17 2021 - 5:32 PM

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A colony shouldn’t be moved into a formicarium until they have at least 30-50 workers, in case that’s what you were planning. Also, AC nests aren’t the best. I recommend tar heel ants.

#3 Offline Keeff - Posted April 17 2021 - 6:00 PM

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I have done a bit of reading and I do not plan for the Formi for almost a year if need be.  XD that's why I am step two steps ahead before I need to be.  I also enjoy making terrariums and have a couple.  I'll be making my own out world when the time comes and thank you very much for the nest recommendation. 

 

And just ordered a mini from Tar Heel thanks again for the tip. looks to be a better product


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#4 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted April 19 2021 - 1:19 AM

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Solenopsis and Tetramorium aren’t bery beginner friendly as they have colonies that grow extremely fast and their usually very small and can escape.


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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 19 2021 - 2:13 AM

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You should get in touch with a MN member on here named Phasor. He has lots of new queens I bet he’d sell. Most are Lasius neoniger.
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#6 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted April 19 2021 - 5:43 AM

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Solenopsis and Tetramorium aren’t bery beginner friendly as they have colonies that grow extremely fast and their usually very small and can escape.


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Tetramorium grow extremely fast, but they aren't the best climbers and they aren't overly fast so escape won't be as much of an issue as the former.



#7 Offline Keeff - Posted April 20 2021 - 10:42 AM

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Thank you all very much for the advice !



#8 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted April 20 2021 - 11:43 AM

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I am looking for a Queen for a new ant keeper.  I purchased the Camponotus Hybrid Nest from Ants Canada (always two steps ahead of myself) so I would prefer one of the species listed below.  I would love to get a Camponotus even though they are slow growers.  If any one in MN has any Queens please let me know.  I am willing to travel anywhere in state as I would rather not ship the Queen due to extra stress.  If anyone has any advice on a breed from the list that would be good for a beginner that would also be helpful.  I would love to attempt to find my own Queen but I am colorblind and it makes it hard for me to spot them :P

 

Camponotus / Crematogaster / Formica / Lasius / Messor / Monomorium / Pheidole / Pogonomyrmex / Prenolepisimparis / Solenopsis / Tetramorium

mossor can't be found in the U.S


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#9 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted April 21 2021 - 6:11 AM

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I am looking for a Queen for a new ant keeper. I purchased the Camponotus Hybrid Nest from Ants Canada (always two steps ahead of myself) so I would prefer one of the species listed below. I would love to get a Camponotus even though they are slow growers. If any one in MN has any Queens please let me know. I am willing to travel anywhere in state as I would rather not ship the Queen due to extra stress. If anyone has any advice on a breed from the list that would be good for a beginner that would also be helpful. I would love to attempt to find my own Queen but I am colorblind and it makes it hard for me to spot them :P

Camponotus / Crematogaster / Formica / Lasius / Messor / Monomorium / Pheidole / Pogonomyrmex / Prenolepisimparis / Solenopsis / Tetramorium

mossor can't be found in the U.S
I don’t know if any Pogonomyrmex live in MN. There is always P. occidentalis which can be shipped over state lines, however.

#10 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted May 11 2021 - 9:55 PM

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Solenopsis and Tetramorium aren’t bery beginner friendly as they have colonies that grow extremely fast and their usually very small and can escape.


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Tetramorium grow extremely fast, but they aren't the best climbers and they aren't overly fast so escape won't be as much of an issue as the former.
In my experience Tetramorium can still be a huge hassle for a beginner even though they are pretty bad climbers.


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#11 Offline Chickalo - Posted May 12 2021 - 6:15 AM

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Solenopsis and Tetramorium aren’t bery beginner friendly as they have colonies that grow extremely fast and their usually very small and can escape.


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Tetramorium grow extremely fast, but they aren't the best climbers and they aren't overly fast so escape won't be as much of an issue as the former.
In my experience Tetramorium can still be a huge hassle for a beginner even though they are pretty bad climbers.


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I'd say Tetramorium is a good beginner species until they get big.  And even then you can control their numbers with heat and food.  


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#12 Offline TBsupra33 - Posted June 4 2021 - 9:12 PM

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I'm in Rogers, MN and have an extra Camponotus Novaeborcensis i plan on selling once the first worker ecloses


Ponera Pennsylvanica

Lasius Speculiventris

Lasius Americanus

Camponotus Novaeborcensis

Camponotus Pennsylvanicus

Tetramorium Immigrans

Temnothorax Curvispinosus

Formica Subsericea

Formica Pallidefulva

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