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Today I caught some ants.

dorymyrmex pogonomyrmex larvae pupae

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#1 Offline FSTP - Posted October 4 2018 - 7:07 PM

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I went anting today and I actually managed to catch some queens. I was able to get 5 Dorymeyrmex queens. I believe they are Dorymyrmex bicolor because all the mature Dorymyrmex colonies I saw at this location were Dorymyrmex bicolor. I also found one Pogonomyrmex queen. The Pogonomyrmex queen I found had with her what I think are her nanitics as these workers are really small and one seems to be newly eclosed. I also saw what I thought was a recently founded Pogonomyrmex queen but when I dug it up to my horror it was a fairly mature colony and they were not at all happy. Strange thing was there was just a little pile of dirt by the entrance and no workers were out and active so it looked like it was a newly founded queen. Well since I accidently disturbed this colony there was larvae and pupae strewn about so I collected some so I can give them to my newly collected queen and her workers. Another thing, I would have come home with two Pogonomyrmex queens however one that I dug up ran away and when I was trying to catch it I ran over it with my front wheels. So I feel pretty horrible about that.

 

 

 

Here are a couple of pictures.

 

 

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I'm just going to found the Dorymyrmex in test tubes, but I still haven't decided what type of founding system I want to try with the Pogonomyrmex. Maybe just kep them in a test tube for now and then move them to a dirt shack like Drews a bit later.

 

Anyways It feels nice to have ants again.

 


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#2 Offline FSTP - Posted October 5 2018 - 8:03 AM

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well I'm pretty disapointed. This morning when I woke up I checked on my new ants and it looks like the Pogonomyrmex queen is dead. All her workers are still alive and tending to the brood. So I guess I need to try any find another ogo queen before some of those pupae eclose... I was so excited for this ant too.. now I just hav the Dorymyrmex queens.... Anyone want to trade some Dorymyrmex queens for a Pogonomyrmex queen? :-/



#3 Offline Joehostile85 - Posted October 11 2018 - 4:31 AM

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That’s too bad, those are some nice looking ants.





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