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wa myrmecocystus testaceus

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#1 Offline Data - Posted September 10 2021 - 5:12 PM



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Howdy all, relatively new to ant keeping though I’ve had a decent first year collecting.

Over the last year I have acquired a P. occidentalis and F. subsericea colony from Tar Heel, and collected a few Camponotus, Lasius, Tetramorium, and Tapinoma queens over the last few months. I have a dissecting scope and a handful of guides with keys for identification though I will probably post some pictures of my catches here eventually for confirmation.

Anyways I am curious to know if there is any kind of ant community in WA to trade info or catches with! I live on the west side of the Cascades, and unfortunately I had no luck this year on my expeditions to the east side looking for Myrmecocystus testaceous queens, even with existing colonies being all over the place.

I believe that I jumped the gun on the nuptial flights for this species, so if anyone can provide any tips for when to find them this far north, or has any for sale, i would appreciate the assistance!

Thanks for having me everyone
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#2 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 10 2021 - 8:33 PM


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Welcome to the forum!

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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#3 Online ANTdrew - Posted September 11 2021 - 3:13 AM


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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 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted September 11 2021 - 11:23 AM


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Welcome! I never see any active members from Washington on here, unfortunately.

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