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Which ants are the most messy? Which are the least messy?

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Poll: Which ants are the most messy to keep? Which are the most tidy? (8 member(s) have cast votes)

Which ant species groups are the most messy in your own experience? (you can choose more than one)

  1. Camponotini (Carpenter Ants) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Formicini (Cataglyphis, Polyergus, Formica and others) (1 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  3. Melophorini (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Oecophyllini (Weavers) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Plagiolepidini (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Other Formicinae not mentioned above (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Dolichoderinae (Argentine, cone, odorous, erratic and others) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. Dorylinae or Ectatomminae (Army Ants) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. Heteroponerinae, Ponerinae, Paraponerinae, Amblyoponinae etc (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. Pseudomyrmecinae or Myrmeciinae (Bull Dog and Big Eye ants) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. Atta and Acromyrmex (Leafcutters) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  12. Pogonomyrmecini and Stenammini (Harvesters) (4 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  13. Solenopsidini (2 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  14. Crematogastrini (2 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  15. Martialinae (Really?) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  16. Agroecomyrmecinae (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  17. Lasiini (3 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

Which ant species groups are the most neat and tidy in your own experience? (you can choose more than one)

  1. Camponotini (Carpenter Ants) (6 votes [46.15%])

    Percentage of vote: 46.15%

  2. Formicini (Cataglyphis, Polyergus, Formica and others) (3 votes [23.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.08%

  3. Melophorini (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Oecophyllini (Weavers) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Plagiolepidini (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Other Formicinae not mentioned above (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Dolichoderinae (Argentine, cone, odorous, erratic and others) (2 votes [15.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.38%

  8. Dorylinae or Ectatomminae (Army Ants) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. Heteroponerinae, Ponerinae, Paraponerinae, Amblyoponinae etc (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. Pseudomyrmecinae or Myrmeciinae (Bull Dog and Big Eye ants) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. Atta and Acromyrmex (Leafcutters) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  12. Pogonomyrmecini and Stenammini (Harvesters) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  13. Solenopsidini (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  14. Crematogastrini (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  15. Martialinae (Really?) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  16. Agroecomyrmecinae (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  17. Lasiini (2 votes [15.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.38%

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#1 Offline futurebird - Posted February 26 2024 - 6:57 PM

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I'm going to put up a poll. I find that polls do not post if I don't add them by editing, so hang on for a moment the poll will be up shortly. 


Edited by futurebird, February 27 2024 - 10:20 PM.

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I like to make relaxing videos that capture the joy of watching ants.

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#2 Offline futurebird - Posted February 26 2024 - 7:11 PM

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OK here is the poll!


Starting this July I'm posting videos of my ants every week on youTube.

I like to make relaxing videos that capture the joy of watching ants.

If that sounds like your kind of thing... follow me >here<


#3 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted February 27 2024 - 4:43 AM

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I would say my neatest are my Pheidole Tysoni but I don't see the right subdivisions of their group to vote.

Edited by Virginian_ants, February 27 2024 - 4:43 AM.


#4 Offline Manitobant - Posted February 27 2024 - 8:51 AM

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Id say the most messy are definitely harvesters. In my experience they love to smear their garbage and excrement on the glass of the nest and completey litter the outworld.


Least messy is probably formicines in general, with lasius and camponotus in particular being very tidy. Formica is sort of a mix and depends on species, with the parasitic groups being a bit messier. They are usually pretty good though unless you have cotton for them to pull at, which they do make a huge mess of.
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#5 Offline Ernteameise - Posted February 27 2024 - 11:19 AM

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Well, I keep Messor barbarus and they have been described by many keepers as one of the messiest (hence the name Messor!) species out there.

In can attest that they really crap all over the place, and one has to keep on top of the cleaning, especially of glass, since they spray even up the glass.

They are Pheidolini if you are asking, I do however not see them on your list, maybe because that list is again very scewed towards the New World.

I am from Germany.

Messor are from the Mediterranian.


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#6 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 27 2024 - 2:28 PM

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For me the most messy are my P. imparis, because whenever I feed them a mealworm, the cotton is partially moldy the next day. The most cleanest I’m my experience are Camponotus because they actually trash things away from their nest. By far, the most cleanest ants that I have are my F. palledifulva since they always; no matter what, trash their food away from their nest and living space (better than Camponotus I’d say).

Keeping:

3x - S. molesta 

1x - C. chromaiodes

2x - F. pallidefulva

2x - C. cerasi

1x - B. depilis

2x P. imparis (colonies) 3x P. imparis queens (1x queen in test tube, 3x queens in test tube, and 6x queens in another test tube. Can't wait to see the results!)

 

Check out my C. chromaiodes journal here: https://www.formicul...aiodes-journal/


#7 Offline ChenZ - Posted February 28 2024 - 12:53 AM

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Besides harvesters, honeypot ants are pretty messy (at least the two species I've kept...) They prefer side viewing formicarium, which makes things worse.

 

Camponotus fragilis is the cleanest in my collection, and their honey colored bodies look crystal clear too. Plus their fast reproduction, voracious appetite and always active; it's my favorite colony now.


Edited by ChenZ, February 28 2024 - 12:58 AM.






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