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what's the smallest species of ants I can't find in NYC?


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#1 Offline manik - Posted July 17 2021 - 9:01 AM

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hi everyone, I'm looking to keep a small colony so i can display it on my living room with a tiny  "land-scape" ,  I'm not good telling species apart since i just started ant-keeping this year, i did a google search but this being NYC mostly everything i find is about pest control, if anyone of you beautiful ppl knows of a cool tiny species please let me know!, as always thanks for all the help 



#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted July 17 2021 - 9:39 AM

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Temnothorax fits your description. They are very tiny and have small colonies. They literally nest in acorns and would be perfect in your tiny setup.
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#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 17 2021 - 9:55 AM

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You may still be able to find some Temnothorax up there using a blacklight. They are done flying here.
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#4 Offline manik - Posted July 17 2021 - 10:45 AM

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Temnothorax fits your description. They are very tiny and have small colonies. They literally nest in acorns and would be perfect in your tiny setup.

 

Thank you so much! 

You may still be able to find some Temnothorax up there using a blacklight. They are done flying here.

thanks for the info Drew!



#5 Offline VoidElecent - Posted July 17 2021 - 10:50 AM

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If you don't get your hands on Temnothorax this season, I recommend keeping an eye out for Solenopsis molesta queens.


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