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camponotus help how to catch wild colonies

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#1 Offline JustabirdfromFlorida - Posted December 13 2022 - 1:44 PM

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There is a neighborhood park in my area and I am thinking about capturing a young camponotus colony. (There are over a hundred colonies). So any ways how to catch them. I have been eyeing a colony that lives in and under a small piece of rotten wood. Any ways to catch them and some tips on camponotus. Thanks🐜🐜🐜πŸͺ΅πŸͺ΅πŸͺ΅πŸͺ΅πŸͺ΅πŸͺ΅πŸœπŸœπŸœ

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#2 Offline LowQualityAnts - Posted December 13 2022 - 2:27 PM

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Maybe an insect aspirator? Also, what species are they?

#3 Offline JustabirdfromFlorida - Posted December 13 2022 - 3:07 PM

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Camponotus Floridinus

#4 Offline T.C. - Posted December 13 2022 - 5:47 PM

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Good luck catching the queen.

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#5 Offline JustabirdfromFlorida - Posted December 14 2022 - 3:31 PM

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I did not find the Carpenter ants but did find a single Florida harvester ant queen which is weird for this time of yearπŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸœπŸœπŸœ


She was under a rock

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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 14 2022 - 4:13 PM

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I don’t recommend collecting established colonies from the wild. It is disruptive to the ecosystem and unnecessary. Be patient and collect newly mated queens next year.
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#7 Offline rptraut - Posted December 14 2022 - 4:44 PM

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The only way I have ever captured a Camponotus colony was when it was in a single piece of firewood.  And that was in the winter, when I could shake them into a formicarium with no trouble because they were dormant.


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#8 Offline JustabirdfromFlorida - Posted December 15 2022 - 12:14 PM

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Not planning on catching a wild camponotus colony any more but does anybody have an explanation to the harvester ant queen.

#9 Offline LowQualityAnts - Posted December 15 2022 - 2:41 PM

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