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Any insane anting stories? (Bragging included)


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#1 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted June 16 2021 - 10:32 AM

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I don’t have any crazy stories to tell. Btw I thought of this idea from Chickalo (obviously), but thanks.
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#2 Online Manitobant - Posted June 16 2021 - 10:51 AM

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One time me and my friend were anting and we came across what we thought was a satanic ritual or something. We found candles and ripped/burnt bibles, it was kinda scary.
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#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 16 2021 - 12:08 PM

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One time me and my friend were anting and we came across what we thought was a satanic ritual or something. We found candles and ripped/burnt bibles, it was kinda scary.

Damn. Not cool.
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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.


#4 Online CheetoLord02 - Posted June 16 2021 - 12:23 PM

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Well if I'm allowed to brag, the time I found my Neivamyrmex queen was pretty insane. I was just walking along the side of a random road in the middle of nowhere after a rain looking for ants that may be flying and stumbled across a Neivamyrmex trail. I started filming for my YouTube because well, it was cool, and within maybe 45 seconds the queen came right out of the hole. Completely caught me off guard. 

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I was also stupid lucky when I found my Polyergus topoffi queen. The area we were in had 4 different fusca-group Formica species, and I was making jokes about the lack of Formica parasites being surprising. Then towards the end of the trip I flipped a pretty substantial rock and found a massive Formica gnava colony with a bright orange Polyergus topoffi queen sitting directly in the middle. Definitely one of my best finds yet.


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#5 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted June 16 2021 - 3:30 PM

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Wow so active already.

#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 16 2021 - 4:18 PM

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At the height of the pandemic last spring, I went out looking for Camponotus one night. As I got to the park, I noticed some empty bullet shells on the ground and a bunch of police in the park. I realized how stupid it was to be there at night and turned right around!
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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.


#7 Offline SYUTEO - Posted June 16 2021 - 5:06 PM

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One time, me and my dad went to my grandpa's plantation to look for some queens and almost every piece of rotting wood we flipped had a trap jaw queen.


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#8 Online AntsLA-1 - Posted June 16 2021 - 6:28 PM

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Ok, I wouldn't really call this "insane" but it was strange. Just yesterday I was outside organizing my ant equipment, and out of nowhere a Pogonomyrmex queen starts walking around on the pavement! I guess they're flying where I am!  :yahoo:


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Ants are cute, that's that.

 

 

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#9 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted June 17 2021 - 3:56 AM

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So last year, I was out looking for queens in my yard. After a while I couldn't find any, but right when I was about to go inside a felt something on my hand, and there was a Myrmica queen. I didn't have any test tubes so I brought her inside on my hand.



#10 Online Kaelwizard - Posted June 18 2021 - 3:38 AM

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3 kind of small ones, but here we go. One times I was anting in my neighborhood in the middle of a Lasius cf. neoniger flight, and queens were everywhere. I literally had them in my hair and on my clothes. The second story is not all that amazing. I was just anting in my yard at my lake house when a winged Ponera queen landed on my hand and proceeded to try and sting me. I didn't keep her. 3rd story is similar to the first, but it was with Camponotus novaeboracensis queens. I was literally dodging them as they rapidly shot towards the ground all around me. It was crazy.


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#11 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted June 18 2021 - 6:04 AM

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This one is just plain random, I saw a trap jaw queen on the outside of my window, however before I could get it a bird randomly landed next to me and...welp, all I can say is no more queen for me.


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#12 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted June 21 2021 - 11:46 AM

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So I wouldn't say this is insane but I found out that Tetramorium queens like to go to the beach! I went to the beach at like 6am because my dad went for a morning swim, and I found 4 Tetramorium queens. None on the sidewalk just on the beach. I have no idea why. (I caught these queens at Pleasure bay in southy. Go early if you live in Boston and want to get some).



#13 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted June 22 2021 - 12:50 AM

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This one is just plain random, I saw a trap jaw queen on the outside of my window, however before I could get it a bird randomly landed next to me and...welp, all I can say is no more queen for me.

Oof that sucks.

#14 Offline KadinB - Posted June 22 2021 - 1:28 AM

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Me and my friend Kayden Strawn who had made this thread had found a polyergus mexicanus queen in his front yard when we were new to ant keeping. We thought it was a workers luckily and released it. We also didn’t even know what the spe was or what parasitic ants were until a few around 4 months later. We found it at his house at 2000 elevation on June 10th of 2020. I would say that was probably our best catch and we didn’t even know it. We also found out how rare they were about a year later.

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#15 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted June 22 2021 - 4:17 PM

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Me and my friend Kayden Strawn who had made this thread had found a polyergus mexicanus queen in his front yard when we were new to ant keeping. We thought it was a workers luckily and released it. We also didn’t even know what the spe was or what parasitic ants were until a few around 4 months later. We found it at his house at 2000 elevation on June 10th of 2020. I would say that was probably our best catch and we didn’t even know it. We also found out how rare they were about a year later.

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#16 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted June 29 2021 - 8:50 PM

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I found tons of Aphaenogaster uinta colonies at Stirling city, which are supposed to be rare in California. So I think that's pretty cool.



#17 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted June 30 2021 - 9:55 PM

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I found a Paratrechina longicornis colony in a dead palm leaf. Didn't catch them cuz I had no big container. And I also found a Platythyrea cf punctata queen but she escaped before I could get her set up. I still cry about it every night cuz I have never seen them again. And I got her while catching some leptogenys which sadly passed away. I have never seen that sp since too. Why am I so damn unlucky

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Ants epic :D
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My current ants: Pheidole parva, Nylanderia cf. kraepelini, Odontomachus simillimus, Carebara(Pheidolegeton) sp., Crematogaster (borneensis group) sp., Oecophylla smaragdina, Tetramorium sp., Odontomachus rixosus

Death count: idk there's too many that I've lost :(
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#18 Offline SYUTEO - Posted June 30 2021 - 10:01 PM

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I found a Paratrechina longicornis colony in a dead palm leaf. Didn't catch them cuz I had no big container. And I also found a Platythyrea cf punctata queen but she escaped before I could get her set up. I still cry about it every night cuz I have never seen them again. And I got her while catching some leptogenys which sadly passed away. I have never seen that sp since too. Why am I so damn unlucky

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Better luck next time.


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Antkeeping since 2018   :)

 

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Camponotus parius x1, Pheidole parva x1, Camponotus irritans x1, Colobopsis cf leonardi x1, Meranoplus bicolor x2, Lepisiota cf rothneyi x1, Odontoponera denticulata x1, Crematogaster sp x2, Anochetus sp x1, Monomorium cf monomorium x1


#19 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted June 30 2021 - 10:02 PM

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I found a Paratrechina longicornis colony in a dead palm leaf. Didn't catch them cuz I had no big container. And I also found a Platythyrea cf punctata queen but she escaped before I could get her set up. I still cry about it every night cuz I have never seen them again. And I got her while catching some leptogenys which sadly passed away. I have never seen that sp since too. Why am I so damn unlucky

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Better luck next time.
I'm tracking the Paratrechina so I can catch them. I have their exact nesting location. NO ESCAPE NOW MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Ants epic :D
YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ

My current ants: Pheidole parva, Nylanderia cf. kraepelini, Odontomachus simillimus, Carebara(Pheidolegeton) sp., Crematogaster (borneensis group) sp., Oecophylla smaragdina, Tetramorium sp., Odontomachus rixosus

Death count: idk there's too many that I've lost :(
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#20 Offline SYUTEO - Posted June 30 2021 - 10:11 PM

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I was seperating the pedelings of my Rhysida longipes yesterday when all of a sudden an Anochetus queen came out of nowhere.


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Antkeeping since 2018   :)

 

My current list:

Camponotus parius x1, Pheidole parva x1, Camponotus irritans x1, Colobopsis cf leonardi x1, Meranoplus bicolor x2, Lepisiota cf rothneyi x1, Odontoponera denticulata x1, Crematogaster sp x2, Anochetus sp x1, Monomorium cf monomorium x1





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