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#21 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted January 21 2017 - 9:19 AM

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I need Odantomachus.... :(
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(1) Tetramorium sp. E
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(1) Dormymyrmex insanus
(1) Solenopsis invicta
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#22 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 21 2017 - 6:19 PM

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Ever had a giant Australian blow fly bother you while trying to take a picture of a bull ant nest?

Wide entrance nest
I have. :D
Giant blow Fly attack
I don't think he's going to make it.
he's A goner
Moving on.

 

 

 


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#23 Offline Leo - Posted January 21 2017 - 8:59 PM

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I need Odantomachus.... :(

have those at my school, found queen  :P


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#24 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 21 2017 - 10:31 PM

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I love trap jaw ants. I would have to move further north if I wanted to find one here.


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#25 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted January 22 2017 - 7:59 AM

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I need Odantomachus.... :(

have those at my school, found queen :P
STOP BRAGGING :(

I love trap jaw ants. I would have to move further north if I wanted to find one here.

Good thing Alabama and Florida has invasive Trap Jaws :)
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(2) Parakeets
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(4) Neon Tetras
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(100-300) Mealworms
(1) Tetramorium sp. E
(1) Dormymyrmex bicolor
(1) Dormymyrmex insanus
(1) Solenopsis invicta
(1) Formica fusca
(1) Lasius neoniger
(1) Crematogaster cerasi
(1) Myrmecocystus testacus

#26 Offline Leo - Posted January 22 2017 - 4:18 PM

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I need Odantomachus.... :(

have those at my school, found queen :P
STOP BRAGGING :(

I love trap jaw ants. I would have to move further north if I wanted to find one here.

Good thing Alabama and Florida has invasive Trap Jaws :)

 

sorrrrry  :lol:



#27 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted January 22 2017 - 5:26 PM

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I need Odantomachus.... :(

have those at my school, found queen :P
STOP BRAGGING :(

I love trap jaw ants. I would have to move further north if I wanted to find one here.

Good thing Alabama and Florida has invasive Trap Jaws :)
sorrrrry :lol:
No it was a joke :lol:
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(2) Parakeets
(2) Peppered Corydoras
(4) Neon Tetras
(1) Hermit Crab
(100-300) Mealworms
(1) Tetramorium sp. E
(1) Dormymyrmex bicolor
(1) Dormymyrmex insanus
(1) Solenopsis invicta
(1) Formica fusca
(1) Lasius neoniger
(1) Crematogaster cerasi
(1) Myrmecocystus testacus

#28 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 23 2017 - 3:15 PM

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Have a look at this Myrmecia nigrocincta nest defying gravity.

Tall Nigrocincta nest
The pine needles that were laid across the entrance during construction has strengthened the mound allowing this nest to reach dizzying heights. ( For an ant ) :)
The Front Guard
Lots of guards on duty here.

 


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#29 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted January 23 2017 - 6:33 PM

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Lol, there like Crazy Legs get out before we make those legs run!


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(2) Parakeets
(2) Peppered Corydoras
(4) Neon Tetras
(1) Hermit Crab
(100-300) Mealworms
(1) Tetramorium sp. E
(1) Dormymyrmex bicolor
(1) Dormymyrmex insanus
(1) Solenopsis invicta
(1) Formica fusca
(1) Lasius neoniger
(1) Crematogaster cerasi
(1) Myrmecocystus testacus

#30 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 23 2017 - 9:38 PM

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Hahaha, I've had to make a run for it before, but not this time.

It's a good thing ants don't fly all the time or getting this close would be near impossible.

 

No guesses for who dwells in this nest.

Iridomyrmex
Iridomyrmex purpureus

The most obvious ant nests in Australia. almost always seen off to the side of lesser used roads.

Iridomyrmex Purpureus 2

Doesn't matter where they are, they always seem to be able to find these same little colored rocks to decorate the mound.

Iridomyrmex Purpureus

I would like to raise a queen of this species one day.

I like the purple coloring.


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#31 Offline Martialis - Posted January 23 2017 - 9:58 PM

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You've got me imagining little I. purpureus rock quarries.


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#32 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 24 2017 - 9:54 PM

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Another colorful Myrmecia nigrocincta nest.

These Myrmecia nigrocincta are a little bit fancy pants
Quite the decorators these girls. This nest was at the edge of a one meter drop down.
The colors so closely resemble the ants themselves, I'm thinking maybe this is an attempt to camouflage themselves from the birds who also nest in the side of these drop offs.
Home made camoflauge

 


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#33 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 24 2017 - 10:13 PM

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This Myrmecia brevinoda nest looks fairly small.

My train of thought is the smaller the mound of dirt the smaller the nest right?

Quiet Brevinoda nest
I did the old stick poke in the hole trick and only one smallish worker would come out.
Highly unusual for this species.
One small worker
Shame this nest is right beside a bike track, it may have been a good candidate for excavation.
I've already had a family of nosy parkers stop and give me the "whatcha doin'?"
 
What, you've never seen a guy in the woods prospecting for ants before? :lol:

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#34 Offline Leo - Posted January 24 2017 - 10:33 PM

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who fiipin cares about the bike track DIG IT  :lol:


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#35 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 26 2017 - 1:40 PM

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If the nest crosses the path, I'll just build a mound so the riders can jump over me. :lol:


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#36 Offline Leo - Posted January 26 2017 - 6:04 PM

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good, now get a power drill AND START DIGGIN!


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#37 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 27 2017 - 1:18 PM

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When looking for bull ant nests, landmarks like this rarely disappoint.

Perfect bull Ant landmark
This stand out tree had two large Camponotus mounds as well as this Myrmecia nigrocincta nest.
What's this
black hole
Put your finger in there, I dare you. :)

 


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#38 Offline Leo - Posted January 27 2017 - 5:04 PM

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k pay me and ill do it



#39 Offline Martialis - Posted January 28 2017 - 6:22 AM

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I'll do you one up Leo, I'll do it for free.


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#40 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 30 2017 - 1:24 AM

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You can see they way these Iridomyrmex have modified this old termite mound to their liking.

Tunnel inspiration
There's a queen there. :)
Tunnel inspiration 2

 


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