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How many queens will you catch starting now?

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#1 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted March 19 2017 - 7:56 AM

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So, In North America, flights will be exploding pretty soon. Starting on this day, mark how many queens you catch, and of what species.

 

It's just a fun little contest, you don't have to participate. 

 

I just want to know how many queen ants someone could catch in one year. This contest ends January 1st 12:00 2018. 

 

It doesn't matter if you lie because it's not like there's a prize. I know Invicta will be a main species caught, but they will still count.

 

Good luck, it starts today on March 19th, 2017. Good luck to all! Tell us what you catch and when you catch it. 


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#2 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted March 19 2017 - 9:31 AM

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5 Solenopsis invicta today :)


Keeper of...

(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

#3 Offline SoySauce - Posted March 19 2017 - 9:32 AM

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Starting today? Umm...we've been collecting for over a month now in SoCal.

#4 Offline Miles - Posted March 19 2017 - 9:43 AM

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In my opinion, the number of queens you catch is unimportant if they aren't receiving the best care possible. I hope that is taken into account here. Also, please be respectful of native populations. Some ant species are under stress and battling invasive species in their home ranges, so really extensive collection could be quite harmful.


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#5 Offline i2chip - Posted March 19 2017 - 12:24 PM

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In my opinion, the number of queens you catch is unimportant if they aren't receiving the best care possible. I hope that is taken into account here. Also, please be respectful of native populations. Some ant species are under stress and battling invasive species in their home ranges, so really extensive collection could be quite harmful.

Last year I caught about 200 Invicta queens just by sitting by my pool filter and preventing them from getting sucked in and also by checking the filter when I can and save the ones in there. I did end up releasing almost all of them though. It was a hassle placing all of those test tubes around in areas were they could build a wild nest and wouldn't be harmed and then collecting them the next day. But I did save those ants :)



#6 Offline LC3 - Posted March 19 2017 - 12:59 PM

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S.invicta is an invasive species. :|


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#7 Offline Works4TheGood - Posted March 19 2017 - 1:14 PM

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You don't want to have too many queens. Each colony requires maintenance and space. Last year, it took me two hours to freshen up all my colonies. That's too many queens if you adk me.
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#8 Offline MrUrrutia - Posted March 19 2017 - 4:32 PM

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Well i spend most of my day putting stepping stones on my backyard and saw noooothiiing!!!!!

It's just warming up now here on the Florida panhandle and last week we were wet and cold (2 days of rain, wind and average of 40Β°) so hopefully i will see some nuptial flights soon!

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#9 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted March 19 2017 - 4:44 PM

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This is what I do with invicta. Try to attempt in Poloygyny. Fail? Ant food.


Keeper of...

(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

#10 Offline thosaka - Posted March 19 2017 - 5:29 PM

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In my opinion, the number of queens you catch is unimportant if they aren't receiving the best care possible. I hope that is taken into account here. Also, please be respectful of native populations. Some ant species are under stress and battling invasive species in their home ranges, so really extensive collection could be quite harmful.

Hey Miles, I saw your videos on youtube, and saw your website on TAN and your organization. That is pretty cool you are inspiring many people, kids and adults alike. Congrats on winning 1st place in the competition. Cheers!



#11 Offline Miles - Posted March 19 2017 - 5:34 PM

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Thanks, Tagassi! I appreciate your comments and support.


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#12 Offline Goldsystem - Posted March 20 2017 - 11:34 AM

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I'll catch whatever I find if it's interesting. I'll usually leave queens I don't want alone :)
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#13 Offline Roachant - Posted March 27 2017 - 8:52 AM

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I'll have to wait at least another month before I even see a worker outside, let alone any queens πŸ˜”.
But when I do I'll usually catch no more that 6 for each species if I see them in bulk. Of that 6 I give about two to a friend. I don't want to get overwhelmed .

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