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#1 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 29 2024 - 2:13 PM

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What do you guys think the state in the U.S.A that has the most diversity for ants is ?



Currently keeping
1.Camponotus vicinus. 5 workers
2.Camponotus modoc. 5 workers
3. Camponotus hyatti. 1 worker
4.Veromessor pergandei. founding
5 Linepithema humile. 70-100 workers 5 queens
6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers

I want: Atta,Myrmecia,Myrmica,Myrmecocystus

#2 Offline ReignofRage - Posted March 29 2024 - 3:57 PM

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As a list: Florida, Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, and North Carolina are the top six (in order) for having the most genera on Antweb.


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#3 Online gcsnelling - Posted March 29 2024 - 4:19 PM

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Arizona rules when it comes to ant diversity.


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#4 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 29 2024 - 4:28 PM

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I agree I just wanted to see watch you guys thought.



Currently keeping
1.Camponotus vicinus. 5 workers
2.Camponotus modoc. 5 workers
3. Camponotus hyatti. 1 worker
4.Veromessor pergandei. founding
5 Linepithema humile. 70-100 workers 5 queens
6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers

I want: Atta,Myrmecia,Myrmica,Myrmecocystus

#5 Online Flu1d - Posted March 29 2024 - 5:04 PM

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Arizona rules when it comes to ant diversity.

When I think of diversity, genus comes to mind. Does Arizona beat out Florida for the amount of genera in a state, or just species?

I'm interested in finding the top diverse places in the USA and visiting them!

Edited by Flu1d, March 29 2024 - 5:05 PM.


#6 Online Flu1d - Posted March 29 2024 - 5:07 PM

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As a list: Florida, Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, and North Carolina are the top six (in order) for having the most genera on Antweb.


I assumed Florida had the top, I wasn't expecting to see North Carolina on the top 6 list, however! That is very interesting.

How do you find said list on Antweb? I'd love to do a deep dive on the different ants in those states! And also see more states in order, as well.

#7 Offline ReignofRage - Posted March 29 2024 - 5:11 PM

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There is not a list, I simply looked at the genus count for each individual state.



#8 Online Flu1d - Posted March 29 2024 - 5:12 PM

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There is not a list, I simply looked at the genus count for each individual state.


Well I very much appreciate your contribution. It looks like I need to visit Arizona and California some day soon!

#9 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 29 2024 - 5:20 PM

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Do it and go to the mountains you are sure to find some great ants there.



Currently keeping
1.Camponotus vicinus. 5 workers
2.Camponotus modoc. 5 workers
3. Camponotus hyatti. 1 worker
4.Veromessor pergandei. founding
5 Linepithema humile. 70-100 workers 5 queens
6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers

I want: Atta,Myrmecia,Myrmica,Myrmecocystus

#10 Online Flu1d - Posted March 29 2024 - 5:43 PM

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Do it and go to the mountains you are sure to find some great ants there.


I need an excuse to go to the west coast again, anyway. I used to live in Oregon and it's the best place I have ever lived.

I wasn't into ants back then, unfortunately. The next time I find myself out west I'm gonna go bananas looking at all kinds of species! I just need to pick a state to go to first, and then make plans on where I'm gonna stay at, etc.

#11 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 29 2024 - 5:48 PM

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Go to the south states Cali, Arizona,Nevada, -ect



Currently keeping
1.Camponotus vicinus. 5 workers
2.Camponotus modoc. 5 workers
3. Camponotus hyatti. 1 worker
4.Veromessor pergandei. founding
5 Linepithema humile. 70-100 workers 5 queens
6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers

I want: Atta,Myrmecia,Myrmica,Myrmecocystus

#12 Online Flu1d - Posted March 29 2024 - 5:56 PM

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Go to the south states Cali, Arizona,Nevada, -ect


I might move to New Mexico one day. How is NM for ants?

#13 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 29 2024 - 6:04 PM

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not as good as the other six but still has some good ants.



Currently keeping
1.Camponotus vicinus. 5 workers
2.Camponotus modoc. 5 workers
3. Camponotus hyatti. 1 worker
4.Veromessor pergandei. founding
5 Linepithema humile. 70-100 workers 5 queens
6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers

I want: Atta,Myrmecia,Myrmica,Myrmecocystus

#14 Online Flu1d - Posted March 29 2024 - 6:25 PM

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not as good as the other six but still has some good ants.


Can't be the worst state, at least it's near some really solid states :D

#15 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted March 29 2024 - 6:28 PM

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live near border of each state so you can see each state's own diversity while not driving very far.



Currently keeping
1.Camponotus vicinus. 5 workers
2.Camponotus modoc. 5 workers
3. Camponotus hyatti. 1 worker
4.Veromessor pergandei. founding
5 Linepithema humile. 70-100 workers 5 queens
6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers

I want: Atta,Myrmecia,Myrmica,Myrmecocystus

#16 Offline rptraut - Posted March 29 2024 - 9:29 PM

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Just a couple of comments about this type of thread;

Please stop using other sources to provide answers to questions. I’m more interested in what you know personally, not what you’ve heard or read. I know from personal observation that Antweb is a poor source of information about ants in my area.

Why so much interest in ants of other states, when you can’t cross state lines to bring them home without a license?

There is a chat function on this forum that might be a more appropriate place to have these types of one or two line discussions.

I know from personal experience that there are ten genera of ants where I live. I can find eight of them on my own property and two of them are found nearby in forests or sandier soil. Tell me what you actually know about your own area and I’ll know your answer has some credibility. This goes for all your answers on this forum.
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#17 Online Flu1d - Posted March 29 2024 - 10:52 PM

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Just a couple of comments about this type of thread;

Please stop using other sources to provide answers to questions. I’m more interested in what you know personally, not what you’ve heard or read. I know from personal observation that Antweb is a poor source of information about ants in my area.

Why so much interest in ants of other states, when you can’t cross state lines to bring them home without a license?

There is a chat function on this forum that might be a more appropriate place to have these types of one or two line discussions.

I know from personal experience that there are ten genera of ants where I live. I can find eight of them on my own property and two of them are found nearby in forests or sandier soil. Tell me what you actually know about your own area and I’ll know your answer has some credibility. This goes for all your answers on this forum.
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My brother in formicidae, we were just having a fun discussion and learning some things between us.

As far as asking why we would be interested in learning about ants outside of our area, I am here to learn about ants. We are all interested in ants. I don't feel the need, personally, to restrict my knowledge to just the ant species in my neighborhood.

If you want to know what I know about my area, I can only go off of what the locals and myself have personally discovered. I have seen at least 13 species calling my yard home. A local has discovered around 70 species on one wildlife preserve alone, not far from the city we call home. There have been just under 100 species total discovered there. I may not have needed antweb to answer that, however I still do appreciate any source of information that I can use to further expand my knowledge.

I hope you have a good day, friend! And I hope you learn something neat in this thread.. I sure have! 😊

Edited by Flu1d, March 30 2024 - 1:12 AM.

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