On Wednesday, I flipped over a stone in my front yard and came across a good sized colony of Pheidole navigans. I looked around it for a little bit, and I saw the queen! I collected her and as much of the colony as I could, and there turned out to be over 100 workers, my largest ant colony. I made them a formicarium out of an old C.D. case, and they seem to be doing good in it so far. As expected with such a small species, some of the minors found some ways to escape, so I covered them all up. I plan to eventually make them a plaster formicarium, along with the rest of my ant colonies. Just by examining these ants a little closer and by watching their activities, Pheidole has become one of my favorite genera. I hope to one day own a colony of Pheidole tysoni. I also have a second colony, although all that is left is the queen and some brood. Her daughters all died due to lack of proper humidity, it's the third time I've made a mistake like this, the first was with my colony of Strumigenys membranifera, next my Strumigenys louisianae, and now my Pheidole navigans, the difference is that the queen survived this time, but I'm not sure if the brood is alive or not, only time will tell. If the brood is alive, then one of the pupae is close to eclosing. The queen seems to be doing okay and is remaining calm. I will refer to this colony as colony A and the larger colony as colony B. Here are some images of colony B, pictures of colony A coming tomorrow.
Edited by CloudtheDinosaurKing, December 12 2018 - 8:23 PM.