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Greg's Pogonomyrmex rugosus Journal (Discontinued)

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#1 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted August 24 2014 - 5:34 PM

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I have 22 of these queens including the special "bejeweled" one which I found with a dead Solenopsis xyloni minor worker on her leg.

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   Just as I am writing this, the first of the queens got her first worker to eclose. She seems to have put everything into this pupae nutrient-wise, because she has not been laying any more eggs, until a few days ago. I am probably going to feed them today as well.

 

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#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 24 2014 - 5:48 PM

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I recently found an Acromyrmex queen with a dead Acromyrmex worker stuck to her leg. :lol: I removed it though, it was a bit large to have dangling from your leg.



#3 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted August 24 2014 - 5:53 PM

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It is still on her, I hope the workers let it stay on too.  :D



#4 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 24 2014 - 6:50 PM

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I removed it.



#5 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted August 24 2014 - 8:35 PM

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I was talking about mine.  :D



#6 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted August 25 2014 - 4:39 PM

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The worker still seems a little bit clumsy and unable to stand up, also her exoskeleton is still light as ever... 



#7 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 25 2014 - 5:16 PM

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Yeah, they're pretty light colored when they're callow.



#8 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted August 26 2014 - 6:26 PM

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The worker finally started to darken, still not quite as fast as the Solenopsis, and she started to take her first steps. The queen seems to stand above her, surrounding the worker with her legs.



#9 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 2 2014 - 5:22 PM

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Update: 9/2/2014

It took the worker this long to be fully darkened, and I think it still has some more pigment to go...

There is another queen with a pupa starting to get pigment, so she will probably get her first worker as well soon.



#10 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 9 2014 - 9:03 PM

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Update: 9/9/2014

The other queen got her first worker to eclose, and has a larva as well. The first queen to get workers just got a second pupating larva with another one following close behind.



#11 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 15 2014 - 8:26 PM

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Ok, out of these, I suspect 5/22 of these are fertile. :( Some of the ones from earlier this summer that are infertile have started dying, do I guess I will not have much extras to give to people.



#12 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 15 2014 - 9:56 PM

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Probably about 1/6th of the ones I got were infertile.



#13 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 15 2014 - 10:23 PM

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Yeah? Well as of now, 17 out of 22 of mine seem infertile. At least the bejeweled one has pupae. I will feed them, and put them into yet a darker location.

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#14 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 16 2014 - 4:25 AM

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Also, last year, I thought the one I had was infertile, but it turned out that she was eating her eggs, making it look like they weren't developing. I just put her away in a cupboard and left her alone for weeks at a time, and suddenly she had larvae. After this I put her back in a place where I could check on her more often.



#15 Offline Alza - Posted September 16 2014 - 6:09 AM

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are these queens bigger then pogonomyrmex californicus queens ?



#16 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 16 2014 - 2:27 PM

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A couple millimeters actually. This is one of the largest Pogonomyrmex in California. They are also a lot more broad than P.californicus.



#17 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 18 2014 - 8:24 PM

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Wook is right about some Myrmicinae being "stupid ants", I saw one of these queens fighting with their worker over an egg... It was pretty funny actually. I haven't seen much like that. :o



#18 Offline Alza - Posted September 19 2014 - 1:30 PM

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I'm guessing it wasnt to the death. My californicus queen tackled a worker because it fell on her 



#19 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 19 2014 - 4:00 PM

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Of course not to the death... Except the egg, which was squished in the process. I see even formicanae tackle each other after mistaking each other for a threat.



#20 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 22 2014 - 5:20 PM

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The bejeweled one's first worker is about to emerge. :)

The second colony to get nanatics has a pupating larva, after it pupates I am going to have to move them, their test tube is now absolutely dry.


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