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solenopsis pheidole dealate queen anting test tube rain drone

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#1 Offline jdsaunders1390 - Posted May 2 2017 - 3:28 PM


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Two nights ago, it rained for the first time in a couple of weeks. I found a Pheidole sp. dealate on my 30 second walk through the parking lot to work this morning, and found 4 Solenopsis invicta dealates on a 40 minute walk through my neighborhood after work. The sidewalk was littered with dead fire ant drones. I probably could have found plenty more, but I am really not that into keeping Solenopsis! The one closest to the camera is injured, as I accidentally smashed her gaster. She has a small rent in the side of her gaster with a little bit of something hanging out... Poor girl. I am still learning how to catch queens efficiently and without harming them, though I think I am getting it down now.

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#2 Offline VoidElecent - Posted May 2 2017 - 5:09 PM



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How do Pheidole fly so early for you guys? They don't fly in PA until July!

#3 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted May 6 2017 - 1:28 PM

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Lol, in the Gulf States, Pheidole are almost like Solenopsis invicta. They will fly from like March-October if the conditions are right.

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

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