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Ants are social insects that form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organized colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals...

Ants are social insects that form colonies that range in size from a few dozen predatory individuals living in small natural cavities to highly organised colonies which may occupy large territories and consist of millions of individuals. Their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Their long co-evolution with other species has led to mimetic, commensal, parasitic, and mutualistic relationships. Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems.

https://discord.gg/c7qCmfYqYZ, from /r/ants/comments/oc0dlc/official_rants_discord_server/, for the official Discord to chat. /r/Hymenopterans for other social insects (wasps, bees, etc.) beside ants.

If you want to be an ant online, then please visit https://www.reddit.com/r/AntColony/.

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Anyone know what times lasius flavus have they're nuptial flight (united kingdom)

I really want to get a lasius flavus colony and want to be prepared for the nuptial flight around the corner

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2024/06/23
18:52 UTC

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Any ID : South Florida

About 1cm long. Thought maybe it was a yellow crazy ant but all of them are this length. Carpenter? Base isn’t black.

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2024/06/23
15:41 UTC

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Is this an ant?

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2024/06/23
07:01 UTC

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Species ID? Oakhurst, California.

They’re harvesting flowers and taking them out of the nest. A male alate also came out, as it’s a nuptial flight season in cali.

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2024/06/23
01:11 UTC

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Get a load of this lazy ass junkie. Ant fent? Can someone explain what’s going on here?

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2024/06/23
00:43 UTC

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Winged queen laid eggs

I caught a carpenter queen about 2 weeks ago. She has recently laid bout 6 eggs, but she is still winged. What are the chances she is fertile?

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2024/06/22
22:54 UTC

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When my first 5-7 carpenter ant workers emerge should I attach this really small tupperware container to their test tube

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2024/06/22
18:37 UTC

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Deltamethrin-(D-Fense Dust)questions

Just powdered behind some deck lighting a few ants have come out for a walk covered in the dust. Is this normal? I was half expecting them to be killed on contact.

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2024/06/22
16:13 UTC

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Nest build under cement deck

Actively building a nest under my cement deck. Enjoy it while it lasts little fuckers!

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2024/06/22
12:59 UTC

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Keeping a queen

I have a queen and that I think is a tetramonium caespitium and she has only laid around 10 eggs but her abdomen has grown bigger and she has gained stripes on it. Is this normal?

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2024/06/22
02:57 UTC

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Need ID. Turks and Caicos, 5mm. Thanks!

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2024/06/22
02:20 UTC

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Queen Carpenter Ant

I’m worried about my queen ant she is a carpenter ant. She’s been aggressively pulling on the cotton to the water. I’ve attacked a video. It may be cold for her the heat pad I got doesn’t work. And it is pretty cold in my room.

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2024/06/22
01:38 UTC

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A Little Snack

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2024/06/21
22:09 UTC

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A mixed nest of F. subsericea and some kind of slave-raiding Formica species living in my backyard. I've seen the red ants kidnapping brood from a colony all the way across the yard! Anyone able to identify the species? Southern Ontario.

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2024/06/21
19:37 UTC

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New Queen Ant

Hello! I just ordered my queen ant she came yesterday, I ordered her last week and when she arrived she had laid 5 eggs. Today I haven’t seen much movement from her which is concerning me. I’ve only seen her moving her antennas around. I have her some nectar and looked like she liked it. But still no movement is that bad? When I usually see queen ant videos of the founding queen she’s moving around. It might be because it is not warm enough as it is 70 degrees in my house. Or might be from stress. I just need some feedback. (She also is a Carpenter Ant)

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2024/06/21
19:03 UTC

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Fire and bites

This week i have been volunteering with my church for a love our city event. Picking up trash, doing home improvement for the ealderly, trimming trees, mowing yards, stuff like that. I was picking up trash on monday 6/17/24 with my team on a rural road and without noticing tepped in a fire ant bed.

Now, last night at work at about 2 am 6/21/24, one each ankle 1 of these bites all of a sudden felt brand new. As if i had gotten bit by a spider right on top of it for each leg. The firey sensation distracted me immediately and i checked but the spots were clear of attackers. Those two bites are much more swollen than the rest.

This post is just to know: is this normal? Ive been bitten by fire ants before and this hasnt happened before. Could my body just hate me. 😂😂

Thanks in advance for your responses. Attatched is a picture of one of the two swollen bites.

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2024/06/21
18:06 UTC

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What sp is she

North central planes TX, about 3 mm

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2024/06/21
17:45 UTC

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Any of y’all know a place that sells test tubes?

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2024/06/21
16:14 UTC

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I need some help with antkeeping

So I had ordered an ant colony (kinda) of tetramorium immigrans last year during like august i think and it was doing good for a bit. but i was uneducated and thought that a brood of like 10 ants would be fine to put in a formicarium already when i was just excited to see them in there so it ended up not working out and now i just have a formicarium with like a few dead ants. fast forward to now and i am discouraged of keeping ants because i failed my first colony within 2 weeks or so. Can someone help talk me into doing it again? i have what it takes to keep one but its just that i was too excited to put them in the new formicarium and they died and now im not sure if i want to do it again. If i were to get a colony that isnt super big (100 - 300 ants) what would be a good species to start out with again. i was hoping it would be a kind that would be big so i can see them well, easy to take care, wouldn’t have to hibernate. i can take any criticism you want to give me but like i said i am looking to start over and do this the correct way. thank you!

(also i am into terrariums and bioactive terrariums so a species that would live nicely in a natural environment would be great to keep, and live along with springtails and isopods)

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2024/06/21
15:51 UTC

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