I started ant keeping this Spring, and I really love it.
I'd like to learn as much as I can about the species in my province, and ideally see as many as I can in doing so. I've seen a paper estimating that there could be as many as 90 species in New Brunswick, but there are only around 50 documented species using using Antmaps, Antwiki, iNaturalist, and my own observations.
So now for a bit of an odd request! If anyone has time to look at my NB ants spreadsheet for missing species/mistakes/etc. I'd appreciate then help. If you have experience in the area, can add helpful comments about tagging, flights, etc. it would be super helpful.
This may turn into a project such as a small printable guide sheet. Still mulling it over!
Here are the species I have found myself so far:
- Brachymyrmex depilis
- Camponotus herculeanus
- Camponotus novaeboracensis - Currently keeping one queen
- Camponotus pennsylvanicus - Currently keeping one queen
- Dolichoderus mariae
- Dolichoderus plagiatus
- Dolichoderus taschenbergi
- Formica argentea
- Formica subsericea
- Formica ulkei
- Lasius americanus
- Lasius neoniger
- Lasius subumbratus
I'm excited to share my progress on this journal about both keeping and observing as many species as possible here.