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#1 Offline DinoH - Posted June 26 2023 - 8:04 AM

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This is my first post and I wanted to show off my ant foraging gear:

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What am I missing? How can I inprove my gear? What do you use for catching ants?

I'm looking for Strumigelys sp., Ponera pennsylvanica, and Stigmatomma pallies in Maryland.


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#2 Offline DinoH - Posted June 26 2023 - 8:06 AM

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Oh...I put the Image twice. :facepalm:



#3 Offline antsriondel - Posted June 26 2023 - 8:16 AM

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Nice setup! I always bring test tubes to catch the Queens as they are light weight and easy to fit in my pocket. I see you have containers which is an alternative solution, but I would recommend test tubes as you can carry way more test tubes then containers.


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#4 Offline DinoH - Posted June 26 2023 - 12:27 PM

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Nice setup! I always bring test tubes to catch the Queens as they are light weight and easy to fit in my pocket. I see you have containers which is an alternative solution, but I would recommend test tubes as you can carry way more test tubes then containers.

Well, I ran out of test tubes and the containers are 10 for $1.25USD at the dollar store so I'm using it for now.



#5 Offline DinoH - Posted June 26 2023 - 12:31 PM

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Today I found a Proceratium silaceum worker with this gear hopefully I might find a nest!


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#6 Offline Locness - Posted June 26 2023 - 1:16 PM

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I use a foldable shovel: https://a.co/d/b1JRDVP
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#7 Offline DinoH - Posted June 26 2023 - 2:32 PM

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I use a foldable shovel: https://a.co/d/b1JRDVP


That’s a great idea. I already got one I just need to find it.

#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 26 2023 - 5:52 PM

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All you need are snap cap vials. I strongly encourage you not to dig up established colonies. It is harmful to the ecosystem and unnecessary.
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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 DinoH - Posted June 27 2023 - 5:16 AM

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All you need are snap cap vials. I strongly encourage you not to dig up established colonies. It is harmful to the ecosystem and unnecessary.

I am not diging up colonies. I'm just collecting speciments of workers foraging beneath leaf litter. I got more than enougth colonies at home.

After collecting and observing the workers I let them go.







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