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What are odd? Found a queen..


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#1 Offline yfaykya - Posted December 12 2021 - 2:50 PM

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This seems really odd to me. I live in West coast of Ireland. On my kitchen countertop tonight I found a Cremogaster Scutteralis queen. I happen to have a nascent colony with about 20-25 workers so I'm pretty sure ID is ok.
We have a fruit bowl beside where I found her. I just bought fruit a couple hours before hand. Would have been in plastic. Is it possible a queen survived being on a harvested apple? They came from France so would be in their territory. I just can't believe she could have survived in a pack of loose fruit. Also got Oranges from Spain.
She had maybe one injured leg as she had a slight limp. She moved quite fast though and seemed otherwise ok.
I made her a test tube setup with a little cotton soaked sugar water so will see if I might get some miracle Christmas colony!

Ps. We also just had a pretty big storm in Ireland that **maybe** dumped her here but that would also seem way out there. For context it is about 5-10 Celsius here about now.
Also C. Scutteralis seem to fly Sep-Oct so all seems really odd to me.
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#2 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 12 2021 - 3:06 PM

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congratulations on finding her hope she gives you a thriving colony!!!!!!!!!!!! :D


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#3 Offline PaigeX - Posted December 12 2021 - 3:21 PM

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I've heard of spiders and scorpions surviving stuff like that. If it didn't get too cold, wet or hot (or squashed) its for sure she could survive. 
Amazing find though! And maybe also something Ireland biosecurity wouldn't like. hahahhaha 


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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 12 2021 - 4:15 PM

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That’s amazing! With luck like that, you’d better get a lottery ticket too.
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#5 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 12 2021 - 4:37 PM

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yah :lol:


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#6 Offline Max_Connor - Posted December 12 2021 - 6:22 PM

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French queen finding a loving home in Western Ireland!
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#7 Online Manitobant - Posted December 12 2021 - 6:26 PM

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Around a year ago someone in vancouver found an exotic crematogaster queen on a fig, so this definitely isn’t unheard of.
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#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 12 2021 - 6:40 PM

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I need to start buying more fruit from southern Europe.
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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.

#9 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 13 2021 - 7:00 AM

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yeah imagine you order a pear from italy and get a pheidole megacephala queen nesting underneath a leaf 

 

IMAGINE IT

 

 

edit: I just had to


Edited by antsriondel, December 13 2021 - 11:07 AM.

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#10 Offline Chickalo - Posted December 13 2021 - 8:54 AM

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Antkeeping 101:

 

Step 1:  Buy a South European fruit

Step 2:  You're done


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#11 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 13 2021 - 11:04 AM

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yeah :lol:  


Edited by antsriondel, December 13 2021 - 11:07 AM.


#12 Offline Max_Connor - Posted December 16 2021 - 2:51 AM

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Where do you buy the fruit? Is it all just fresh fruit from farmers markets? There's also some instances when people find small colonies right inside peach pits
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#13 Offline yfaykya - Posted December 22 2021 - 2:50 AM

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Bought from a local supermarket. 

Checked on her today and she has eggs!


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#14 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 28 2021 - 5:26 PM

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Bought from a local supermarket. 

Checked on her today and she has eggs!

yay!! congrats!!!



#15 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 29 2021 - 4:14 AM

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This queen deserves a proper journal, if not a documentary.
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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.

#16 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 29 2021 - 6:34 AM

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This queen deserves a proper journal, if not a documentary.

yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!



#17 Offline NicholasP - Posted January 5 2022 - 10:37 PM

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Agreed!



#18 Offline yfaykya - Posted January 14 2022 - 1:32 AM

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Edited by yfaykya, January 14 2022 - 1:38 AM.

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#19 Offline yfaykya - Posted February 4 2022 - 2:35 AM

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She now has 4 little helpers. Pic later


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#20 Offline antsriondel - Posted February 4 2022 - 6:40 AM

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She now has 4 little helpers. Pic later

awesome!!!!!  :D  (y)






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