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Solenopsis invicta Care Sheet


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#1 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted June 28 2017 - 8:28 PM

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(THIS POST IS A JOKE!)

 

Scientific Name:  Solenopsis infamous
 
Common Name:  Fire ants.
 
Places They've Taken Over: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Flordia, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, North/South Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.
 
Queen size:  8 millimeters.
 
Worker size:  Varies, smallest 2 millimeters and largest 5 millimeters.
 
Natural Habitat:  Wherever people are.
 
Circadian Activity:  They honestly don't care what time it is. 
 
Mating Flight:  They literally fly all year. I'm not even joking, break into a colony deep enough and you'll see alates.
 
Queen Founding Method:  Solenopsis invicta queens are fully claustral, but they might as well bite a few things while they wait for their workers to arrive.
 
Monogyne or Polygyne:  Legend has it, thousands of years ago a group of invicta queens had a meeting. They were talking about how they could possibly be more annoying, and they came up with being Polygynous.
 
Average time from egg to worker: I would guess that it would take less than twelve hours, unless the queen is a baseball throwing machine, but with eggs instead of baseballs.
 
Recommended Temperature: It's never too hot for them. They're bad at handling cold though.
 
Recommended Humidity:  Again they don't care. I could throw them in an easybake-oven and they would start setting up their nest.
 
Preferred Foods:  They will eat anything you give them. Although, one of their hobbies includes killing most native species and pushing them away from antkeepers and people.
 
Hibernation Details:  THEY DON'T HIBERNATE. THEY WILL FIND YOU.
 
Escape Barrier Methods:  None. They'll  find a way out.
 
Difficulty rating:  There is no difficulty rating because people who keep them probably die before they can let others know about them.
 
Bite and/or Sting rating:  I give them a 182/10 on their stings and biting. They've mastered it.
 
Special Care or Interesting Notes:  They hate people. They hate you. They hate other ants. 
 
Additional Links: http://www.antwiki.o...enopsis_invicta


Edited by Ants_Texas, July 8 2017 - 8:59 PM.

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Colonies:

Aphaenogaster sp., Camponotus festinatus, Camponotus cf. fragilis, Camponotus sansabeanus, Camponotus sp., Colobopsis impressa, Crematogaster cf. laeviuscula, Crematogaster minutissima, Crematogaster sp., Dorymyrmex bicolor, Myrmecocystus mendax, Nylanderia terricola, Nylanderia sp., Pheidole bicarinata, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, and unidentified species.

 

Queens: 

Monomorium minimum


#2 Offline Nathant2131 - Posted June 29 2017 - 4:04 AM

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:lol:

 

I feel lucky that I'm in New England. The only destructive invasive we have to worry about here is Myrmica rubra, which is not even too common.


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#3 Offline cpman - Posted June 29 2017 - 6:00 AM

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This does have a lot of truth in it!
I've seen RIFA queens walking around literally every month of the year.

At least most other invasives around here aren't quite as bad (even though we've got a fair number of them (like argentine ants)).

On the topic of introduced/invasive species, I wonder if I'm far enough south that Pseudomyrmex gracilis is considered a native here? Even if it isn't, they probably did come from the native populations in South Texas...
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#4 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted June 29 2017 - 9:49 AM

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Ok, this is great  :lol:


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I accidentally froze all my ants 


#5 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted June 29 2017 - 10:08 AM

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:lol:

 

I feel lucky that I'm in New England. The only destructive invasive we have to worry about here is Myrmica rubra, which is not even too common.

I find them interesting.


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My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK90shiLguOZBECXtwr1M7A

 

Colonies:

Aphaenogaster sp., Camponotus festinatus, Camponotus cf. fragilis, Camponotus sansabeanus, Camponotus sp., Colobopsis impressa, Crematogaster cf. laeviuscula, Crematogaster minutissima, Crematogaster sp., Dorymyrmex bicolor, Myrmecocystus mendax, Nylanderia terricola, Nylanderia sp., Pheidole bicarinata, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, and unidentified species.

 

Queens: 

Monomorium minimum


#6 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted June 29 2017 - 10:10 AM

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This does have a lot of truth in it!
I've seen RIFA queens walking around literally every month of the year.

At least most other invasives around here aren't quite as bad (even though we've got a fair number of them (like argentine ants)).

On the topic of introduced/invasive species, I wonder if I'm far enough south that Pseudomyrmex gracilis is considered a native here? Even if it isn't, they probably did come from the native populations in South Texas...

I've never even seen argentine ants.


My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK90shiLguOZBECXtwr1M7A

 

Colonies:

Aphaenogaster sp., Camponotus festinatus, Camponotus cf. fragilis, Camponotus sansabeanus, Camponotus sp., Colobopsis impressa, Crematogaster cf. laeviuscula, Crematogaster minutissima, Crematogaster sp., Dorymyrmex bicolor, Myrmecocystus mendax, Nylanderia terricola, Nylanderia sp., Pheidole bicarinata, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, and unidentified species.

 

Queens: 

Monomorium minimum


#7 Offline CallMeCraven - Posted June 29 2017 - 11:32 AM

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Your spelling of Nevada as Nervada triggers me. I also mis-read that this post was not a joke, and started to get even more triggered. I then went back before typing an angry-ish post and saw my error. Top notch [censored] post, 10/10, would comment again  :moon: .


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4x Camponotus (hyatti?)

 

 

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#8 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted June 29 2017 - 12:31 PM

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 Top notch ****post, 10/10, would comment again  :moon: .

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And what on earth is that emoji?


Edited by TennesseeAnts, June 29 2017 - 12:31 PM.

I accidentally froze all my ants 


#9 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted June 30 2017 - 11:59 AM

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Your spelling of Nevada as Nervada triggers me. I also mis-read that this post was not a joke, and started to get even more triggered. I then went back before typing an angry-ish post and saw my error. Top notch [censored] post, 10/10, woOOps

No need to be so offended. 


Edited by Ants_Texas, June 30 2017 - 3:58 PM.

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My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK90shiLguOZBECXtwr1M7A

 

Colonies:

Aphaenogaster sp., Camponotus festinatus, Camponotus cf. fragilis, Camponotus sansabeanus, Camponotus sp., Colobopsis impressa, Crematogaster cf. laeviuscula, Crematogaster minutissima, Crematogaster sp., Dorymyrmex bicolor, Myrmecocystus mendax, Nylanderia terricola, Nylanderia sp., Pheidole bicarinata, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, and unidentified species.

 

Queens: 

Monomorium minimum


#10 Offline AntswerMe - Posted July 5 2017 - 9:38 PM

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Top notch ****post, 10/10, would comment again :moon: .

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And what on earth is that emoji?
Come on man give him a break. He said one swear word and not even in an offensive way. You don't have to get so triggered. 😑 "[censored]-post" is a phrase commonly used on the internet.

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Edited by AntswerMe, July 6 2017 - 3:59 AM.


#11 Offline T.C. - Posted July 5 2017 - 9:44 PM

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Actually fire ants can't handle the cold for nothing. Its verly deadly for them. That's why they can't spread further north. Cold up here!

#12 Offline VoidElecent - Posted July 7 2017 - 12:24 PM

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Love it!

 

The difficulty level and the special notes :)



#13 Offline Canadian anter - Posted July 7 2017 - 1:09 PM

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:lol:
 
I feel lucky that I'm in New England. The only destructive invasive we have to worry about here is Myrmica rubra, which is not even too common.

Lucky you. Myrmica rubra are super common in my area. They kill nearly every other species. They're so common that last year I could catch 25 queens in 15 mins on a normal day
Visit us at www.canada-ant-colony.com !

#14 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted July 8 2017 - 8:56 PM

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Actually fire ants can't handle the cold for nothing. Its verly deadly for them. That's why they can't spread further north. Cold up here!

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Edited by Ants_Texas, July 14 2019 - 2:09 PM.

My YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK90shiLguOZBECXtwr1M7A

 

Colonies:

Aphaenogaster sp., Camponotus festinatus, Camponotus cf. fragilis, Camponotus sansabeanus, Camponotus sp., Colobopsis impressa, Crematogaster cf. laeviuscula, Crematogaster minutissima, Crematogaster sp., Dorymyrmex bicolor, Myrmecocystus mendax, Nylanderia terricola, Nylanderia sp., Pheidole bicarinata, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, and unidentified species.

 

Queens: 

Monomorium minimum


#15 Offline DerkaDoesGaming - Posted March 25 2021 - 1:53 PM

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this is great lol thanks


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#16 Offline gs5248 - Posted March 27 2021 - 4:54 PM

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edit  Ha I did not see this was a joke and went in correcting things! How stupid I am! :D


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