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Greg's Dorymyrmex insanus Journal (Discontinued)

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#1 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 28 2014 - 2:49 PM

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I caught this single Dorymyrmex insanus queen in my pool on the same day that I caught 6 Crematogaster sp.1, and a Nylanderia cf. vividula out of the water as well. This queen seemed infertile at first, not even having eggs half the time since I caught her, then things happened fast. In less than a month, the first workers arrived, and through all this, she never shed her wings! :D It just shows sometimes they do not need to shed their wings to be fertile.

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#2 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 4 2014 - 4:04 PM

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Update 10/4/2014

This colony had a major die off just like the Crematogaster, but they are doing good again. :)

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#3 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 5 2014 - 1:52 AM

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#4 Offline Tpro4 - Posted October 15 2014 - 4:27 PM

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Update soon, Greg?
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Current Queens:
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1 Solenopsis Xyloni

#5 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 15 2014 - 4:34 PM

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Nothing really to update. This colony has not gotten even one new worker since. This colony finally has a decent amount of brood, so they may get more workers soon. :)



#6 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 15 2014 - 11:03 PM

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Update: 10/15/2014

Just a minor update- this colony has gotten their first worker in a long time. They also have a few more pupae about to eclose too. :D



#7 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 18 2014 - 4:15 PM

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Update: 10/18/2014

This colony is finally showing signs of growth and they are not losing workers as fast as they are being produced. :)



#8 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 18 2014 - 6:48 PM

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Nice. Mine all seemed to just turn out to be duds.



#9 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted October 18 2014 - 7:05 PM

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Mine seemed to be a dud at first, actually she is a dud, and may have died, but she left one uneaten pupa to eclose, and now the workers keep her from doing stupid things! :D



#10 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted November 3 2014 - 10:53 PM

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Update: 11/3/2014

This colony had a small boom in population. :) I do not know why, but even a common species like this is fun to watch.



#11 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted November 4 2014 - 3:07 PM

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Wow that really looks like a parasite queen!



#12 Offline drtrmiller - Posted December 13 2014 - 3:03 AM

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I got your messages of elation regarding Dorymyrmex consuming Blue 100 after having difficulty with it for a while.  

 

Is this the colony you're referring to?  I look forward to hearing more about your experience :~)



#13 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted December 13 2014 - 2:01 PM

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Yes, this is the colony. :)



#14 Offline Foogoo - Posted January 22 2015 - 8:30 AM

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How has your colony been doing lately? I got a small colony from Drew around Christmas and moved them into a Talus. They appear to be doing well, but seem to stay in the nest the majority of the time. I rarely see more than 2 workers out foraging.


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#15 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 22 2015 - 9:26 AM

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That's the way most smaller colonies behave. It's also winter time right now, and in the wild most Dorymyrmex nests are closed up.



#16 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted January 22 2015 - 10:02 AM

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Actually, Dorymyrmex is the most active around here. The colony is fine, lost a few more workers though. New eggs have been seen though.

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#17 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 22 2015 - 1:02 PM

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I think your "E" key is not working. Everywhere I go out looking, I don't see many Dorymyrmex nests at all, and then right around March they start popping up everywhere.



#18 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted January 31 2015 - 9:40 PM

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Update: 1/31/2015

Colony moved into foraging container. Here are two videos:



#19 Offline DesertAntz - Posted February 1 2015 - 8:32 AM

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Your Dorymyrmex look to be doing well. 


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#20 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted March 17 2015 - 6:30 PM

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Update: 3/17/2015

Among the eggs in their brood pile, I am noticing small larvae in the brood piles of the new queens I caught in February. Their brood development seems to be taking forever. :/


At least I know they are fertile now.







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