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is this even an ant?


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#1 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 27 2021 - 4:15 PM

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there were tons of these everywhere and I caught two I was thinking a termite

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#2 Offline futurebird - Posted August 27 2021 - 4:32 PM

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If there is no elbow in the antene and no itty bitty waist then it's not an ant. 


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#3 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 27 2021 - 4:36 PM

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I looked up termites and they look the same



#4 Offline eea - Posted August 27 2021 - 4:39 PM

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looks like a termite


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-camponotus sansabeanus: 20 wokrers


#5 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 27 2021 - 4:45 PM

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I have both in a little cup and I think they are following each other



#6 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 27 2021 - 4:47 PM

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I don't know anything about termites



#7 Offline KadinB - Posted August 27 2021 - 4:48 PM

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I have both in a little cup and I think they are following each other

Ohhhh sick! That means you caught a pair. That's what they do when they find they're mate.


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#8 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 27 2021 - 4:50 PM

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I can show you a vid of what's happening.



#9 Offline KadinB - Posted August 27 2021 - 4:55 PM

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Sure



#10 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:04 PM

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how do I post a video



#11 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:05 PM

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they aren't really moving they are just next to each other



#12 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:07 PM

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I had no test tubes so I grabbed a pen and put them inside



#13 Offline KadinB - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:08 PM

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they aren't really moving they are just next to each other

If they are trailing behind each other then they are pairs. I remember last year they had a MASSIVE flight here. I saw 100s everywhere in my town. Really cool to see. I plan on catching a ton and making some sort of mega colony and sell some extras to for people to have. 


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#14 Offline futurebird - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:35 PM

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I have both in a little cup and I think they are following each other

Ohhhh sick! That means you caught a pair. That's what they do when they find they're mate.

 

i cry every tim  <3

tru love  :howlovely:


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#15 Offline FSTP - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:37 PM

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its a cute little Termy. 

 

I named all my termites Dermy. Each one is named Dermy. Because it rhymes with Termy, also other reasons. 


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#16 Offline Manitobant - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:47 PM

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Unlike ants, termites have both a queen and a king, so in order to start a colony you need a pair.
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#17 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:49 PM

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they are just chilling right next to each other


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#18 Offline futurebird - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:50 PM

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seriously their little chase dance is so cute. 

 

example


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Starting this July I'm posting videos of my ants every week on youTube.

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#19 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 27 2021 - 6:35 PM

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Incisitermes minor, most likely.


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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax nevadensis, Temnothorax chandleri, Temnothorax arboreus Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis xyloni, Formica perpilosa, Formica cf. lasiodes, Formica cf. neogagates Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex salinus, and Myrmecocystus testaceus!!!!

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#20 Offline smares - Posted August 27 2021 - 8:09 PM

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Incisitermes minor, most likely.


How did you learn to ID so many species? Are you an Entomologist?

Edited by smares, August 27 2021 - 8:13 PM.





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