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Which ant species is your favourite?(and why you like them?).


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#1 Offline Ant-nig321 - Posted October 27 2022 - 10:48 AM

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Hey guys,this post is about your favourite ant species(according to the title)and why you love them.my best ant species is the oecophylla longinoda(the african weaver ant).They're my favorite because it's amazing how they make their nest in trees/leaves using their larva silk.and the most interesting thing about them is their larvae can make silk but can't form cocoon.
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#2 Offline United-Ants - Posted October 27 2022 - 11:44 AM

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mine would be Atta bisphaerica leaf cuter ant athe queens look so cool  or Myrmecia desertorum cool name and bull ants the color pattern 


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#3 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted October 27 2022 - 12:26 PM

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Daceton armigerium or any kind of Crematogaster Daceton are basically polymorphic trapjaws. I’d really like to keep these one day.


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#4 Offline asim - Posted December 13 2022 - 3:24 PM

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Lasius Neoniger had young colony once they ended up dying.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

#5 Offline LowQualityAnts - Posted December 13 2022 - 4:42 PM

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Pheidole morrisis seems cool.
Meranoplus dimidiatus also looks pretty

#6 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 13 2022 - 5:40 PM

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Liometopum, because of their growth and polymorphism, and Pheidole because of their polymorphism, polygyny, and growth rate.


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#7 Offline bmb1bee - Posted December 13 2022 - 5:42 PM

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Odontomachus hastatus look awesome in my opinion. Never kept them, but they have a cool appearance. I also have a liking for smaller, cryptic ants like Hypoponera and Strumigenys. I've kept Hypoponera before, but never got them past 8 workers. Interesting behavior and habitat range. This answer might be weird, but I've taken an interest in Brachymyrmex as well, mainly due to how small and cute they are. Their cocoons are so tiny...


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#8 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted December 13 2022 - 5:54 PM

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My favorites are constantly changing, but at the moment I've taken a liking to my Ooceraea biroi colony. One of my all-time favorites would have to be Oecophylla smaragdina though. All colonies I've kept in the past have shown lots of personality and activity. I also currently like Iridomyrmex anceps, since to me they look cool. I have always taken a liking to ants with a more elegant appearance, which Oecophylla and Iridomyrmex have. 


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#9 Offline SHmealer - Posted December 28 2022 - 1:22 AM

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dark rover ant (brachymyrmex patagonicus)



#10 Offline SYUTEO - Posted December 28 2022 - 9:12 PM

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I really wnat to keep Harpegnathos venator someday, the fact you can start a colony by catching a queen and putting a wild worker with her is amazing, same with Odontomachus rixosus which are red trap jaws.


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#11 Offline AntsTopia - Posted December 29 2022 - 11:47 AM

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My favorite would have to go to solenopsis geminata, their majors are super cool and they grow incredibly fast. However their sting takes some points away. ;)

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#12 Offline BDantsalberta - Posted January 27 2023 - 3:53 PM

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Lasius Subumbratus.The Parasitic queen is a beautiful orange with equally beautiful workers. Plus they smell like lemons :blink:



#13 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 27 2023 - 3:56 PM

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I also find Melissotarus sp. adorable, with their small legs and tiny eyes.  <3 Here is a link: https://www.alexande...sus/i-9s5nsbq/A


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#14 Offline BDantsalberta - Posted January 27 2023 - 7:08 PM

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It doesn't even look real! Holy cow! Crazy species.


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#15 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 28 2023 - 2:20 AM

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I also find Melissotarus sp. adorable, with their small legs and tiny eyes. <3 Here is a link: https://www.alexande...sus/i-9s5nsbq/A

I can’t even with those ants!
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#16 Offline madbiologist - Posted January 28 2023 - 9:41 AM

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They're not very exotic or foreign, but I've always been a sucker for Camponotus americanus. Some of the coolest color patterns of an Ohio Camponotus, and that there can be such variety within the patterns of one species always amazes me!

 

4 queens, 1 species.

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#17 Offline FinWins - Posted January 28 2023 - 8:05 PM

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dark rover ant (brachymyrmex patagonicus)

I have those everywhere on my property, they act like a smaller, slower more methodical version of lasius.


I keep: C. modoc, C. sansabeanus  :D, C. maritimus, Formica argentea, M. mexicanus  :D, Odontomachus brunneus :D, Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, 

 


#18 Offline FinWins - Posted January 28 2023 - 8:08 PM

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My favorite ants are Stigmatomma, Odontomachus, Myrmecia, and Atta 

But my favorite to keep is Myrmecocystus 


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I keep: C. modoc, C. sansabeanus  :D, C. maritimus, Formica argentea, M. mexicanus  :D, Odontomachus brunneus :D, Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, 

 


#19 Offline ANTS_678 - Posted February 6 2023 - 11:03 PM

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Hey guys,this post is about your favourite ant species(according to the title)and why you love them.my best ant species is the oecophylla longinoda(the african weaver ant).They're my favorite because it's amazing how they make their nest in trees/leaves using their larva silk.and the most interesting thing about them is their larvae can make silk but can't form cocoon.

Odontomachus are my favorite type of ants. As to why I like em Is because of their ability to fling themselves with those spring-loaded mandibles but it's also the first ever ponerini ant that I've ever kept so it has a special place in my heart.



#20 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted February 7 2023 - 10:41 AM

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I have several "favorites". Mainly in two categories, ones I've kept and those I'd like to keep. But here's my list and why.

Stigmatomma: the first and only species I've truly studied and got to truly understand. It also built who I am on this forum, since everyone knows me from my work on them. (which I need to update since I previously got some things wrong and need to make a few changes) They are truly interesting ants with an abnormal behavior. They're also my first cryptic.

Atta: This should be obvious for anyone who likes ants. Fungus.

Trachymyrmex: This is also obvious since I have "local" (like an hour drive) access to several colonies and are my substitute Atta/Acromyrmex.

Acromyrmex: Same as Trachymyrmex and Atta

Cephalotes: A very cryptic ant species I really really miss keeping! I loved their little heads and interesting blocking behaviors. Sadly, I moved out of Texas and with that, goes the ants... I'd like to file for a PPQ permit for them, though it'll be difficult since they inhabit trees (despite not being able to dig into wood they are considered to "infest" them)

Myrmecocystus: Just another unique adaptation that I'd love to observe more thoroughly.

Harpthegnathos: Those mandibles are absolutely beautiful and unique and I want them so much for their pack like behaviors!
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