Trinidad November 2019

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Trinidad November 2019

Post by Acromyrmexbob » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:40 am

Just bought ticket to go to Trinidad on 5th November to check on house and collect ants. Good time to go, 4 months after nuptial flight, middle of wet season, hopefully lots of Atta, and the usual haul of Acromyrmex.
Will take lots of pics and will post events as they happen.

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Post by Arrowing » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:41 pm

Looking forward to those pic's!
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Post by Acromyrmexbob » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:16 pm

Hi, Ive got a house in Trinidad, I go there loads of times per year to bring back Leaf Cutters. Next year, around June / July I plan to move there permanently and travel back to UK to work, rather than the other way around. Its my grand plan for working towards something! Yes I will post pics of trip after Ive been.

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Post by Acromyrmexbob » Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:17 pm

Everything is on track for the Trinidad trip. First colonies since May, so no stock of smaller colonies just now. Should be a good time to be there, rains started in July, nuptial flights July August, new colonies formed then, by November there should be loads of new colonies. If you leave it until the dry season, most of the colonies are cooked!

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Post by Atta solider » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:52 am

That's amazing to do just walk out of.home.amd.go hunting for new atta and Arco queens that been my dream job going to hunting for them and really seeing them in the wild there new nests and there bigger nests with long tails back to there nest. Seen they in zoos but in there home.wild be ace to see.

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Post by Acromyrmexbob » Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:27 pm

When I move over there I would be very happy for you to come over for a week or so and Ill show you around!

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Post by Acromyrmexbob » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:57 pm

Packing for the trip! Leaving middle of night, Monday night. Getting everything together. Not exactly a tick list, more of a list inside my head. Always forget something though!!

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Post by Acromyrmexbob » Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:10 am

Day 1 in trinidad.
Spent the day speaking with builders on my house, fixing some problems with walls in wrong place etc. Then I went to airport to book the frfeight box for next Tuesday so I can fly my ants. Next along to Wildlife Department to finalise the permits and then to agent to make arrangements for shipping. The first day of any trip is always an admin day. You cant go collecting if you cant take them home so in many ways today is the most important day of the trip!! Start collecting tomorrow!

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Post by Arrowing » Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:28 am

Enjoying yor stay Andrew?
How is the collecting going? We want to see some pic's :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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1 starting colony Acromyrmex Octospinosus
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Re: Trinidad November 2019

Post by Acromyrmexbob » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:27 am

Back in London, 300 colonies of leaf cutters in transit through Gatwick, will probably be at animal reception by now getting inspected. I am on a bus to Heathrow Airport for my flight to Edinburgh. Ants will arrive tonight. I will post pics tonight!

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