Welcome to OhioAnts
OhioAnts is the statewide community for identification, collection, and husbandry of ants found in Ohio. OhioAnts.com has been created to help ant keepers in Ohio connect with like mindinded hobbyists and discuss modern ant keeping.
Our primary source of communication is our public discord chat, it’s free to join and a great way to interact with our community. https://discord.gg/8MCK8uW
This site also utilizes a free classifieds system that will allow you to purchase and sell local ant colonies. It’s important for the hobby and our environment that you keep native species to your state. Support the future of the hobby by ensuring you only purchase ants within your state and never allow them to be transported across state lines. Encourage this though with any business transaction you complete.
OhioAnts is also investing more of our time and community into the iNaturalist Community where we have our own project; https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ohio-ants. iNaturalist is a community design and centered around exploring and capture photos of the world around you for identification and study. Our partnership allows us to collect more information from individuals outside our OhioAnts community and gives additional outlets for finding others and encouraging them to join our community and explore ant-keeping past the antiquated idea of Uncle Milton’s ant farms.
One of the most impressive features of iNaturalist, and a tool we are encouraging members to use is the iNaturalist app that has computer vision to help identify the photos you are uploading. A major benefit is the iNaturalist app will also use metadata in your phone to further automatically tag and locate the position of your photo adding important information for scientific study.
OhioAnts is starting to use data collected through iNaturalist accessible through an API to further increase the data information on our website and to help the community.