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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 "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.


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...

#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.

#5 Offline GRIMM_OwO_ - Posted February 25 2022 - 5:07 PM


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I'm from WA lol 

#6 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted February 25 2022 - 5:32 PM


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Never mind forget I said anything.

Edited by ColAnt735, February 25 2022 - 5:33 PM.

Keeping ants since 2020 

I keep:

Myrmicinae: Solenopsis molesta( 2 queens). Tetramorium immigrans ( 3 colonies with the biggest nearing 800 workers!),

Crematogaster cerasi  :yahoo:  ( 1 colony with a worker). Temnothorax  curvispinosus ( 1 queen with colony of 2 workers).

Formicinae: Prenolepis imparis ( 2 single queen colonies). Lasius brevicornis  :yahoo:( 19 founding queens) haven't seen many journals of them. Lasius Neoniger (a founding queen).Formica incerta( 1 colony with 22 workers)


Previously kept: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   ( 1 colony with 9 workers). 


As you can tell I like ants

#7 Offline antsriondel - Posted February 26 2022 - 5:44 PM


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