New Tetramorium Queen!

Found a #tetramorium #antqueen, probably #tetramoriumcaespitum with no wings in #lakewoodwa. #antkeeper #antqueens #ants A post shared by Tichomir Dunlop (@tichomirdunlop) on Jul 22, 2017 at 11:29am PDT I found a new Tetramorium Queen today, already deälated! This morning my mother woke me up to tell me that there was substantial evidence of nuptial flights…

Five Formica Queens!

Found five 🐜🐜🐜🐜🐜 ant queens on a trip to Eastern Washington outside the Swauk Teanaway Grange, nearby Cle Elum/Ellensburg (Eastern) Washington. Lasius? #identification please! Lasius maybe? #antkeeper #antkeeping #queenants #easternwashington #washington #lasius #id #antloveforever #idrequest A post shared by Tichomir Dunlop (@tichomirdunlop) on Jul 18, 2017 at 6:37pm PDT What did you say? You found…

Queen Check: July 14, 2017

Nothing out of the ordinary. The queen was alive and well, although I still could not tell if there were any larvae yet. I will be gone in Ellensburg for the weekend with the WBA (Washington Butterfly Association) looking for butterflies. 🐛 I have heard that there are a lot of Camponotus in Eastern Washington, so…

Update: Yellow Eggs

On my post Yellow Eggs, I mentioned that I was worried that  may be infertile because of the yellow eggs. As usual, I’m wrong. 😅 loyzn from iNaturalist said: No not a problem at all. They can vary in color. And they have different colors depending on their age. Phew! That’s good news! I will be updating…

My Tetramorium Queen

My Yard Hello, Internet! For a while now I have looked for ant queens to start ant-keeping. Around my house are very many Tetramorium colonies, ranging from brown-black to bright orange-red. Another common species I see is very small and black, with slightly translucent gasters. That species is smaller than the Tetramorium around my house, and in fact…