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  2. I posted a couple pictures the other day on the discord. It was said possible Pheidole Tysoni, I wasn't able to get close up pictures. They seem to have also moved the nest or gone deeper into the mulch under the stepping stone. Most of the stepping stones have a Lasius colony under them, not sure if that affects them. I live between Dayton & Cincinnati
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  4. OhioAnts iNaturalist Page iNaturalist is a fantastic resource for ant keepers across the state to collaborate and share with other like-minded hobbyists. It is also a valuable resource for identifying species and locales for those species. Currently, OhioAnts is generating a database of valid Identifications and using this data to construct large data sets for research in Ohio. The best part is not only is this free, but it is also easy. Additionally OhioAnts is sponsoring a "competition" to collect more information for our beloved state. Currently, the OhioAnts iNat project has 3026 observations. Our goal is to hit at least 3500 observations before May 2021. 3.5k by May Challange Use the iNaturalist App to make as many GPS observations of ant species as possible. The community goal is to reach at least 3500 quality observations by May. As of this e-mail, we are about 480 away! This is only valid for iNat observations in the Ohio Ants iNat project. Which means it will be limited to observation in Ohio. To qualify for a valid 'entry' - the photos for each observation must be able to be ID'd. If you are unable to ID the species yourself, the photo quality should be good enough to allow or community to make an ID. Only valid for "New" observations, photos taken and submitted between April 19th and April 30th, 2021 The top three (3) contributors - with proper identifiable photos & GPS positions, I will send at least 1- OA-FPlus your way as a special thanks.
  5. Yup, I am looking forward to this! Thanks for the details @nepenthesbaphomet
  6. This project is wonderful and will be greatly beneficial to the community. I can't wait to participate!
  7. First this document goes over why you should collect data, discusses in brief the kinds of data you should collect, and what kind of data you need to contribute to Ohio Ants Research. In research, it is all about the data! Data helps us answer questions about the natural world. For researchers, it is important to have clear, concise, and easily reproducible data because it is the lifeblood all of us use to learn more about ants. When researchers collect data it’s not just to monotonously perform experiments. Rather we use data to answer questions about a strange observation that has been made, fill in gaps in knowledge, discover patterns, and contribute to our understanding of the natural world. You might roll your eyes and say, “well I am not doing research, why should I collect data!” I would argue that you are. When you are deciding what kind of formicaria is best for a species or figuring out what a rare species eats in captivity you are collecting data. Specifically, you are collecting natural history data and it is a big way non-academic folks can contribute to research. It might be as simple as starting colony journals that detail observations about that colony, collecting information about when and where you are collecting queens, or even illustrations/drawings of nest structure and habitat. Lots of researchers use community science from websites like iNaturalist (https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/published-papers-that-use-inaturalist-data-wiki/2859). What makes iNaturalist so useful is it has standardized data that is useful for academic researchers and community scientists. There are different kinds of data, qualitative and quantitative. An example of qualitative data is general habitat where an ant colony was found (oak forest, pine forest, wet land, prairie, canopy, sidewalk). This is helpful for others to figure out where they might find these ants. Examples of quantitative data are GPS locations, elevation, and date and time. What Ohio Ants wants to do is get distribution data on ants from Ohio and neighboring states. This will help us improve on distribution maps, add to databases like antweb.org, and deposit specimens to insect collections at natural history museums. Out of all the different kinds of data you could collect, the minimum you should focus on are these four: GPS data, location, date, and your name! TL,DR; if I found a queen outside my house I might have at a minimum the following information associated with it… GPS: 39.9612, 82.9988 Location: USA; Ohio; Franklin County; Columbus Date: 2020.vii.19 Name: Cody Raul Cardenas Now, you wouldn’t know whether or not I gave you the GPS coordinates for my house without more accurate information! But when I am collecting data, I try and collection a lot of information. Here are 11 data points I always try and collect. Locality code (useful shorthand) StateHouse Country: United States of America Administrative division 1: Ohio Administrative division 2: Franklin County Administrative division 3: (not always applicable) Locality name: Ohio State House lawn, 100ft east of High Street Latitude and longitude (decimal degrees): 39.961200, -82.998800 Elevation: 237 m Collection code: CRC190719-01 (Field number or Collector number) Date or range of dates: 19.vii-1.viii.2019 (DD/MM/YYYY) or (YYYY/MM/DD) Habitat: Manicured Lawn, downtown Collecting method/microhabitat: hand collection Collector(s) Cody Raul Cardenas When I am collecting ants, I will write information down in a field notebook, or logbook. This eventually gets transferred to an “e-log,” aka an excel file. Here is an example of my chicken scratch from Panama in a field book & field logbook. Here is an example of my e-log There are lots of ways to handle your own log book, here is what Dr. Brian Fishers logbook looks like Notes on data points: Administrative division 1, administrative division a portion of a country or region that is drawn out for local governments. Here we want to know the first admindiv being the largest, down to the smallest division. Locality name, a name that is most useful in distinguishing where you found the specimen. Latitude and longitude, make sure that your data points are in decimal degrees not degrees minutes seconds. Decimal degrees help communicate with computer languages your coordinates Date, should have month as roman numerals as to not confuse a date. Imagine in 50 years someone looks at this date, 01-01-01 versus 01.i.1901, this is an oversimplification, but I've had issues looking at old dates! Elevation, not always necessary but useful in some instances to delimit species. Collection code, this is useful information to connect data together. This is often included on preserved specimen in museums. Example Microhabitat under stone ground forager(s) ex rotten log (ex = exhumed) on low vegetation ex dead twig ex live stem ____ ex rotten stick on ground ground nest sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood) under tree bark, live tree carton nest on foliage Example Collection Method hand coll (collected) on tree trunk(s) ex rotting tree stump (ex = exhumed) ex dead branch above ground at light pitfall trap Malaise trap ex termite mound beating low vegetation yellow pan trap sweeping
  8. Hello, my friend, I think the color of LED lamp looks professional and portable. If I have LED with 450nm wavelength, how many lumens can achieve your effect? I think LED is more portable and not fragile
  9. Brother, I'd like to know the specific model and parameters of the ultraviolet lamp tube.
  10. Can you join the OhioAnts discord server here: https://discord.gg/rR6hHvk? It's much easier to ID when we can talk back and forth without much hassle.
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