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Greg's Forelius pruinosus Journal (Discontinued)

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#1 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted August 26 2014 - 10:38 PM

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Ever since I got my one, lone Forelius pruinosus queen from http://forum.formicu...anting-7092014/, she has slowly been building up the amount of brood she has. It is crazy, that without eating once since they flew from their parent colony, that they can make a pile of larvae and pupae about three times larger than their mass. It does show though, she has shrunk raising all these, and it finally paid off for her yesterday, when her first worker eclosed!  :)

Followed by that, a second one came today and I decided to feed them. I put a drop of sugar water into the bottom of the test tube, and the second the first worker found it, drank up, and immediately rushed back (The test tube is actually a pretty large place for them) to the queen, and gave her some. After that, all three rushed down to the other side of the test tube as if they were crazed, and filled up. I did not really care much for this species at fist but after reading about them, I figure it will be fun to keep. My only problem is their size though. They are tiny. Probably smaller than Solenopsis molesta.


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#2 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 2 2014 - 4:55 PM

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I am very unfamiliar with this species, is there anything they like to eat specifically?



#3 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 3 2014 - 7:39 AM

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I really don't know. I had some for a while once.

 

I have often wondered how a queen can produce so much more brood than her own body mass, but it's probably because of the fact that the majority of the brood's weight is likely water, and there is plenty water for the queen to drink.



#4 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 3 2014 - 2:41 PM

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Fruitflies and 50-50 sugar water seem to work, but the nanatics cannot kill the fruitfly themselves so it needs to be dead already.



#5 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 7 2014 - 6:57 PM

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Update: 9/7/2014

Two nanatics drowned, leaving about two more. These guys seem to love to throw themselves into their liquid food. At least the queen is well fed, and laying eggs at full efficiency.



#6 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 16 2014 - 7:23 PM

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These guys are back up to three workers and a large pile of pupae.



#7 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 22 2014 - 5:24 PM

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Update: 9/22/2014

They have four workers now, I see a callow today, so they are making a slow and steady recovery, there are a LOT of larvae, but for some weird reason things are going slow, mainly because they aren't eating, even though they finally took a cricket leg a few days ago, and a little sugar water, that should speed things up. :)



#8 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 3 2014 - 9:00 PM

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Update: 10/3/2014

This colony is now up to ten workers. :) I changed the way I feed liquids, as you may see in some of my other journals pictures, to avoid more drownings. It is basically just the tip of a q-tip.

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#9 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 4 2014 - 12:54 PM

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My new macro lens arrived today! These are my smallest ants, so of course these were the ones I tried it out on. :)

 

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#10 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 4 2014 - 1:42 PM

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Those pictures look nice.



#11 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 4 2014 - 1:47 PM

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Yeah, I will be putting more pictures on today. :)



#12 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 4 2014 - 3:39 PM

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#13 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 5 2014 - 12:36 AM

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#14 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 10 2014 - 12:10 AM

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#15 Offline James C. Trager - Posted October 10 2014 - 5:39 AM

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The workers should grow up a bit larger as the colony grows. These are charming little ants, very speedy though, even more than Nylanderia.



#16 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 10 2014 - 7:34 AM

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These are charming little ants, very speedy though, even more than Nylanderia.

Thank you, and yes, these guys are pretty fast. ;)



#17 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 21 2014 - 8:21 PM

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Update: 10/21/2014

The colony is now over 15 workers. :)

Still however the growth is pretty slow. I guess these colonies really need multiple queens to speed it up.


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#18 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted October 22 2014 - 1:33 PM

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Wow, that queen really organized her brood...



#19 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 22 2014 - 2:06 PM

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My Nylanderia vividula had their brood even better.

#20 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 28 2014 - 9:06 PM

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Update: 10/28/2014

The colony is still doing good, growing pretty slow in population still, but they are still growing. :)

I apologize for the quality of these pictures, the lighting was pretty bad today.

 

Here is the colony with about half of the workers- the other half were foraging around the far end of the test tube.







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