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#1 Offline AntsLA-1 - Posted September 7 2021 - 5:34 PM

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Hey, I just wanted to see what everyone is keeping and their favorite species!

 

I'm keeping...

 

Pogonomyrmex californicus concolor

Camponotus vicinus (low elevation)

Tetramorium immigrans

 

My favorite species is probably the Pogonomyrmex californicus.


Edited by AntsLA-1, September 7 2021 - 5:35 PM.

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Ants are cute, that's that.

 

 

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Camponotus vicinus (low altitude) x1

Pogonomyrmex californicus

Pogonomyrmex montanus


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Pogonomyrmex occidentalis colony of about 250? There are so many and they are all crazy and never stop doing things. I need the ant equivalent of a busy box for them. 

Camponotus discolor colony of about 130? I don't know how many. They fill up two small "foranto" wooden nests. They are shy, but excited to hunt. 

Camponotus pennsylvanicus TWO colonies of about 25. One in a wooden nest I made, the other in an "undergroundciti" nest from etsy. They are doing really well, and I hope I can overwinter them properly.

Lasius neoniger colony of SO MANY at least 200, the queen is ALWAYS laying eggs. 

Lasius sp. (probably emergantis) I found her on the sidewalk of NYC. She has some larva and is in the drawer.

Camponotus sp. (looks like pennsylvanicus but smaller and a little red) she has two pupae

Nylandria sp. (about 8 ants, but growing fast)

Formica subsericia (they stopped growing TWO months ago... I'm worried something is wrong) about 20 ants. But they seem lively and are scared of everything and skittish. 


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#3 Online PetsNotPests - Posted September 7 2021 - 6:14 PM

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I'm keeping (Currently)

 

Camponotus sansabeanus

Camponotus US-CA02

Camponotus vicinus

Formica podzolica

Lasius sp. 

Monomorium sp.

Myrmecocystus mimicus

Pogonomyrmex californicus

Pogonomyrmex subnitus 

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

Pheidole navigans

Solenopsis sp.

Tapinoma sesile

Tetramorium immigrans

 

 

My favorite sp. is the M. mimicus & C. sansabeanus. 

 

 

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Ants are Pets, not Pests. 

 

-Camponotus sansabeanus

-Camponotus US-CA02

-Camponotus vicinus

-Formica podzolica

-Monomorium spp.

-Pogonomyrmex californicus

-Solenopsis spp. 

 


#4 Offline ReignofRage - Posted September 7 2021 - 6:59 PM

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Long-term wise I have;

Acromyrmex versicolor

Camponotus essigi

Camponotus festinatus

Camponotus ocreatus

Camponotus sp.

Camponotus yogi

Manica bradleyi

Pheidole cerebrosior

Pheidole xerophila

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

Pseudomyrmex apache

 

Total list though would be;

Acromyrmex versicolor

Camponotus essigi

Camponotus festinatus

Camponotus ocreatus

Camponotus sp.

Camponotus yogi

Manica bradleyi

Pheidole cerebrosior

Pheidole xerophila

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

Pseudomyrmex apache

Veromessor pergandei


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#5 Offline KadinB - Posted September 7 2021 - 7:16 PM

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pogonomyrmex subnitidus 1x

camponotus ca02 1x

camponotus semitestaceus 1x

Camponotus hyatti 1x

formica francoeuri 1x

solenopsis xyloni 1x

tetramorium immigrans 2x

myrmecocystus mexicanus 1x

Prenolespis imparis 1x

liometopum occidentale 1x

lasius americanus 3x

Pheidole sp 1x

Pheidole sp 1x

Novomessor Cockrelli 1x

Tapinoma sessile 1x

camponotus fragilis 1x

pogonomyrmex montanus1x

myrmecocystus yuma 1x

myrmecocystus mimicus 1x

Updated on 9/20/21

I think that's all of them lol

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#6 Online NancyZamora4991 - Posted September 7 2021 - 7:32 PM

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Pogonomyrmex californicus

Pogonomyrmex subnitus 

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

camponotus ca02

solenopsis xyloni

tetramorium immigrans

Tapinoma sesile

Temnothorax nitens

​Camponotus sp.

drywood termites

Lasius americanus

 

favorites:

Camponotus Ca02

pogonomyerex Californicus

Solenopsis xyloni


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#7 Offline B_rad0806 - Posted September 7 2021 - 7:37 PM

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Here are all the species I have/had
Camponotus clarithorax
Camponotus fragilis
Camponotus hyatti
Camponotus laevigatus
Camponotus laevissimus
Camponotus modoc
Camponotus maritimus
Camponotus sansabeanus
Camponotus semitestaceus
Camponotus us-ca02
Camponotus vicinus
Dorymyrmex insanus
Dorymyrmex bicolor
Forelius sp.
Formica francoeuri
Myrmecocystus mexicanus
Myrmecocystus mimicus
Myrmecocystus navajo
Myrmecocystus placodops
Myrmecocystus testaceus
Novomessor cockerelli 
Pogonomyrmex californicus
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Pogonomyrmex subdentatus
Pogonomyrmex subnitidus
Solenopsis xyloni
Veromessor pergandei
Veromessor andrei
 
As for my favorites I'd say:
Myrmecocystus placodops
Myrmecocystus mexicanus
Myrmecocystus navajo
Camponotus ca02
Camponotus Fragilis

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#8 Offline AntsUtah - Posted September 7 2021 - 7:59 PM

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Aphaenogaster occidentalis
Brachymyrmex depilis
Camponotus vicinus
Camponotus hyatti
Crematogaster emeryans
Crematogaster mormonum
Formica fusca group
Formica sp.
Formica subsericia group
Lasius americanus
Lasius brevicornis
Lasius creightoni
Lasius neoniger
Pheidole bicarinata
Pheidole ceres
Pogonomymex occidentalis
Solenopsis molesta
Tapinoma sessile
Temnothorax nevadensis
Tetramorium immigrans
 
 

My favorite species would either be T. nevadensis, P. occidentalis, or C. vicinus, they all have unique characteristics.


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#9 Online CheetoLord02 - Posted September 7 2021 - 8:03 PM

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Here I go! My 3 favorites will be in bold.

Acromyrmex versicolor (6 queens)
Aphaenogaster tennesseensis
Aphaenogaster texana

Atta mexicana
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Camponotus atriceps
Camponotus mina (2 queens)
Camponotus festinatus
Camponotus pudurosus (3 queens)
Camponotus vafer
Camponotus sayi
Camponotus sansabeanus
Camponotus semitestaceus
Camponotus vicinus
Crematogaster sp.
Dorymyrmex insanus
Dorymyrmex bicolor
Formica subanaescens (7 queens)
Formica lasioides
Formica gnava
Formica perpilosa
Formica foreliana
Solenopsis krockowi
Solenopsis validiuscula
Lasius sitiens
Lasius cf. nevadensis
Myrmecocystus mimicus
Myrmecocystus mendax
Myrmecocystus cf. melliger
Myrmecia nigriceps
Neivamyrmex texanus
Novomessor albisetosus (2 queens)
Novomessor cockerelli
Odontomachus clarus
Odontoponera transversa
Pheidole micula
Pheidole bicarinata
Pheidole pilifera
Pheidole cf. gilvescens
Pheidole obtusospinosa
Pheidole rhea

Pheidole ceres
Pheidole sp.1 (3 queens)
Pheidole sp. 2 (3 queens)
Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Pogonomyrmex huachucanus
Pogonomyrmex occidentalis
Polyrhachis lamellidens
Polyergus topoffi

Temnothorax rugatulus (3 queens)
Trachymyrmex septentrionalis (2 queens)

And that's everyone!... I think.

If you want a list of everything I've ever kept... Here's a google doc: https://docs.google....guu_QVRb2Q/edit


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#10 Offline antgallery - Posted September 7 2021 - 8:22 PM

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Jeez Cheeto how do you even have room? I have like 10-15 colonies and I feel like I'm tripping on ants every day. And only one isn't in a test tube!


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#11 Online NickAnter - Posted September 7 2021 - 8:25 PM

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Pogonomyrmex californicus

Formica cf. argentea

Formica cf. aerata

Lasius cf. brevicornis

Lasius aphidicola

Acanthomyops sp.

Lasius americanus

Pheidole navigans

Temnothorax cf. nitens

Temnothorax cf. rudis

Camponotus vicinus

Camponotus maritimus

Strumigenys membranifera

Nylanderia vividula

Solenopsis truncorum

Solenopsis "plebeius"

Solenopsis xyloni

Solenopsis validiuscula

Solenopsis sp.

Aphaenogaster occidentalis

 

A couple of those are likely infertile queens, such as the T. nitens, Solenopsis sp.,  and Solenopsis validiuscula, and some seem to be duds, P. californicus. Favorites in bold.


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Species being kept:

 

Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

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#12 Online CheetoLord02 - Posted September 7 2021 - 8:33 PM

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Jeez Cheeto how do you even have room? I have like 10-15 colonies and I feel like I'm tripping on ants every day. And only one isn't in a test tube!

It's quite simple... I don't! I live in a 9x9 foot room and barely have enough space to cram a fouton in the corner to sleep on. The rest is all ants! (and a desk, which is half Atta setup half computer space.) But hey, who needs a bed when you have cool ants.


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#13 Offline m99 - Posted September 7 2021 - 8:45 PM

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Keeping:

 

T. immigrans — 12 ladies, I think another dozen about to eclose, currently in an AC test tube+portal connected to an undergroundciti starter nest for feeding/eventual expansion, definitely my favorite

 

P. imparis — 22 ladies, would be my favorite because they're so cute and chubby, but unfortunately boring as snot so far. Bought them this summer as an 8-girl colony with the rest eclosing since, currently in a tarheel bifurcated mini

 

A. picea — Little lady ran up to me at the cat dish in my second floor apartment about a month ago. Founding brood ball seems to have a couple larva in it about a month after capture, it's hard to tell how many nanitics to expect (from an initial egg batch of 9-10) or when to expect them. I know these ladies can have slow nanitics development, though I've currently got her heated at 77-86F (bad about watching my cheap heating pad). Currently in an AC tube, planning to connect to another portal with a (custom sized) grout insert tube from Por Amor for them to hopefully move into shortly afterward. Because their workers are individually so much bigger than the other two and likely to be more active, I have high hopes that they'll be my new favorites next summer (though the tetras will be crazy in total numbers by then I'm sure haha). I'm hoping by next summer they'll be ready to expand beyond tubes and I can move them into a medium sized undergroundciti nest that I'm excited to use.

 

I had multiple pennsylvanicus queens earlier who all died or were infertile unfortunately, and while I'd loooove an L. neoniger queen and looked a few times, doesn't seem likely I'll be able to do any additional anting this year and the season's already coming to a close here so probably not :(


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#14 Offline SYUTEO - Posted September 8 2021 - 1:01 AM

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Anochetus sp

Camponotus irritans

Camponotus parius

Lepisiota rothneyi

Meranoplus bicolor

Monomorium monomorium

Odontoponera denticulata

Pheidole parva

Tetramorium cf lanuginosum


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Antkeeping since 2018   :)

 

My current list:

Camponotus parius x1, Pheidole parva x1, Camponotus irritans x1, Meranoplus bicolor x2, Lepisiota rothneyi x1, Odontoponera denticulata x1,  Anochetus sp x1, Monomorium monomorium x1, Tetramorium cf lanuginosum x1, Strumigenys sp x1, Odontomachus simillimus x1, Iridomyrmex anceps x1, Crematogaster sp x1, Euponera sharpi x1

 

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#15 Offline JCRHJM - Posted September 8 2021 - 5:33 AM

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All australian species:

Myrmecia Forficata (queen with larvae)

Rhytidoponera Metallica (colony)

Iridomyrmex bicknelli (queen with eggs)


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#16 Offline AntsLA-1 - Posted September 8 2021 - 6:16 AM

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Long-term wise I have;

Acromyrmex versicolor

Camponotus essigi

Camponotus festinatus

Camponotus ocreatus

Camponotus sp.

Pheidole cerebrosior

Pheidole xerophila

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

Pseudomyrmex apache

 

Total list though would be;

Acromyrmex versicolor

Camponotus essigi

Camponotus festinatus

Camponotus ocreatus

Camponotus sp.

Myrmecocystus cf kennedyi

Pheidole cerebrosior

Pheidole xerophila

Pogonomyrmex montanus

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

Pseudomyrmex apache

Veromessor pergandei

Wow, you have montanus??? That's one of my favorite species.


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Ants are cute, that's that.

 

 

Currently Keeping:

 

Camponotus vicinus (low altitude) x1

Pogonomyrmex californicus

Pogonomyrmex montanus


#17 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted September 8 2021 - 10:32 AM

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#18 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted September 8 2021 - 11:50 AM

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Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Tetramorium immigrans

Camponotus modoc

Monomorium minimum

Solenopsis carolinensis

Tapinoma sessile

Leptothorax canadensis

Formica sp 1

Formica sp 2

Formica sp 3

Formica cf neogates

Lasius sp


1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.

 

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I keep fewer colonies that I can care really well for. In order of fondness:

1) Crematogaster cerasi
2) Nylanderia vividula
3) Pheidole bicarinata
4) Formica subsericea
5) Aphaenogaster fulva
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#20 Offline nurbs - Posted September 8 2021 - 3:23 PM

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Haha how many are still alive Bradley. How many colonies have I given you FOR FREE that are also still alive  :lol:

 

jk jk gl with ur dops!

 

 

Here are all the species I have/had
Camponotus clarithorax
Camponotus fragilis
Camponotus hyatti
Camponotus laevigatus
Camponotus laevissimus
Camponotus modoc
Camponotus maritimus
Camponotus sansabeanus
Camponotus semitestaceus
Camponotus us-ca02
Camponotus vicinus
Dorymyrmex insanus
Dorymyrmex bicolor
Forelius sp.
Formica francoeuri
Myrmecocystus mexicanus
Myrmecocystus mimicus
Myrmecocystus navajo
Myrmecocystus placodops
Myrmecocystus testaceus
Novomessor cockerelli 
Pogonomyrmex californicus
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Pogonomyrmex subdentatus
Pogonomyrmex subnitidus
Solenopsis xyloni
Veromessor pergandei
Veromessor andrei
 
As for my favorites I'd say:
Myrmecocystus placodops
Myrmecocystus mexicanus
Myrmecocystus navajo
Camponotus ca02
Camponotus Fragilis

 


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