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#1 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 10 2023 - 3:50 PM

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Hello, this is a topic for Canadian Ant Keepers to share all of their colonies, Anting spots, etc. 


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#2 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 20 2023 - 5:06 PM

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Getting ready for 2023 Ant season, will hopefully get a blacklight. 



#3 Offline Manitobant - Posted March 20 2023 - 5:11 PM

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Hopefully you can supply us with lots of liometopum like last year. My queen died recently.

#4 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 20 2023 - 5:34 PM

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Hopefully you can supply us with lots of liometopum like last year. My queen died recently.

That sucks, hopefully your next queen will be better. I am planning on catching at least fifty-plus Queens this year, which will hopefully be plenty for everyone.



#5 Offline rptraut - Posted March 20 2023 - 8:59 PM

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Are there any restrictions if I would like to get one sent to me in Ontario?


My father always said I had ants in my pants.

#6 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 21 2023 - 6:15 AM

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Are there any restrictions if I would like to get one sent to me in Ontario?

No, there are no restrictions in Canada on shipping to different provinces. If you would like to buy one here is a link: https://canada-ant-c...ning-tree-ant-1

Also if you would like you could just buy some from me when I catch more.


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#7 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 21 2023 - 6:59 AM

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One of my favourite anting spots is on the shore of Kootenay Lake. I find hundreds of Camponotus, and a plethora of Liometopum Queen right on the surface of the water, and then I just scoop them up and put them in a test tube setup.


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#8 Offline rptraut - Posted March 21 2023 - 8:29 AM

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Thanks, I'll let you know.  Is there something that you particularly like about Liometopum?  From what I've read they can be aggressive and produce noxious odours when disturbed.


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#9 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 21 2023 - 9:04 AM

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Thanks, I'll let you know.  Is there something that you particularly like about Liometopum?  From what I've read they can be aggressive and produce noxious odours when disturbed.

They are one of if not the fastest growing species of ants, they get large majors and can be polygynous.



#10 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 22 2023 - 4:52 PM

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Thanks to the warmer temperatures we’ve had here the first ants have woken up. I saw a Tetramorium worker walking today.
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"If an ant carries an object a hundred times it's weight,you can carry burdens many times your size.


#11 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 23 2023 - 6:35 AM

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Thanks to the warmer temperatures we’ve had here the first ants have woken up. I saw a Tetramorium worker walking today.

Same here. Saw some Formica and Aphaenogaster workers running around.



#12 Offline Rrar - Posted March 23 2023 - 1:35 PM

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I haven't seen any ants. Hope to see them soon


canada = boring!!!!!

I want attaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

also: Camponotus ca02 ( probably not possible though)


#13 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 23 2023 - 4:58 PM

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I haven't seen any ants. Hope to see them soon

Yeah it has only started to warm up here in the past week.



#14 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 27 2023 - 6:49 AM

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I was just wondering does anyone have a favourite ant species that is in your area? If so I would very much like to know! My favourite (as many can guess) is Liometopum luctuosum.



#15 Offline Manitobant - Posted March 27 2023 - 7:36 AM

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Polyergus Mexicanus
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#16 Offline Rrar - Posted March 28 2023 - 2:43 PM

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Lasius Niger


canada = boring!!!!!

I want attaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

also: Camponotus ca02 ( probably not possible though)


#17 Offline rptraut - Posted March 28 2023 - 3:31 PM

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Brachymyrmex depilis cause they're just so darn cute!


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#18 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 28 2023 - 5:22 PM

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Brachymyrmex depilis cause they're just so darn cute!

Agreed!


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#19 Offline antsriondel - Posted June 13 2023 - 7:39 PM

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I entirely missed most of the early Camponotus flights, The Liometopum have had a few small flights but this year has been kind of small compared to last year. Has anyone else experienced a slower year? Hopefully things will start to pick up soon.



#20 Offline rptraut - Posted June 13 2023 - 10:18 PM

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Hello antsriondel;
I am in Perth county, southern Ontario. Everything here has been slow this spring. The weather has been mostly cool, with alternating wet and dry periods. Yesterday we got rain after about a month of dry weather. I thought there might be some flight activity today, but it was 18 degrees C and not much was active. Even my kept colonies have been slow as I don’t heat the workshop where I keep them at this time of year so their activity rises and falls with the outside temperature. When the weather warms up I expect the ant activity will warm up as well.
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