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Mettcollsuss's Tapinoma sessile Journal

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#1 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 3 2019 - 5:31 PM

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I did some trading/buying earlier today and got a couple new colonies. One of them was a Brachymyrmex patagonicus colony with three workers and a bit of brood. They're doing well. Not much to report on yet. I have kept B. depilis before, and while B. patagonicus is still really small, they still seem massive next to B. depilis. Does anyone have any advice on this species? I assume they're not that much different than most ants, but small species like this tend to be easy to accidentally kill.

 

I'll add photos soon.


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#2 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 4 2019 - 5:24 AM

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So it turns out I was COMPLETELY wrong on the ID. They're actually Tapinoma sessile. I don't know how I messed up the ID that bad.


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#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 4 2019 - 10:40 AM

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Good luck, but Tapinoma don’t take to captivity. They’ll be more than happy taking over your kitchen, though. Lol.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#4 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 4 2019 - 11:49 AM

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got some photos

 

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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 4 2019 - 7:56 PM

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You can find as many queens as possible and merge them into one happy family. There really aren’t many journals on here about successful colonies, though. Maybe do a free range outworld in your kitchen? No doubt the polydymous [censored] would move out into who knows where, though.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#6 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 8 2019 - 6:06 AM

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We have two new pupae!
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#7 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 8 2019 - 6:07 AM

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You can find as many queens as possible and merge them into one happy family. There really aren’t many journals on here about successful colonies, though. Maybe do a free range outworld in your kitchen? No doubt the polydymous [censored] would move out into who knows where, though.


I already have them all over my kitchen every summer, but I've never seen one of their queens out. But I'll try to catch some workers (and hopefully a queen or two) to add.

#8 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 8 2019 - 4:46 PM

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These love sugar water and fruit flies in my experience.
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#9 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 13 2019 - 5:38 AM

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Two new workers just eclosed. We're at 5 workers, 2 pupae, and about 15 eggs.

#10 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 17 2019 - 6:24 PM

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6 workers now

#11 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 18 2019 - 8:49 AM

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And 7 workers

#12 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 23 2019 - 6:12 PM

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An eighth worker eclosed today, and they have something like 20 eggs. They accepted a mealworm head yesterday, which is the first time in a while they've immediately accepted food. It usually takes a day or two to accept food, or they just don't accept it at all.



#13 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 27 2019 - 6:16 AM

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They just took another, larger mealworm head.

#14 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 27 2019 - 7:02 PM

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Maybe try a cricket? Or some frozen fruit flies?
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#15 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 1 2019 - 6:17 AM

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#16 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 7 2019 - 5:16 AM

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10 workers. Gave them a cricket leg today. They're eating a lot. Tons of brood.

#17 Offline Polyacanthus - Posted May 20 2019 - 8:23 AM

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Any updates?

#18 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 20 2019 - 8:24 AM

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They died a few months back, unfortunately.

#19 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 20 2019 - 12:41 PM

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This isn’t the best species to keep, in my opinion. I have a “free range” colony taking over my kitchen, though.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#20 Offline Polyacanthus - Posted May 20 2019 - 2:24 PM

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That's what I've read. Just looking for pointers from anyone who's had success.





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