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Mettcollsuss's Formica obscuriventris Journal

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#1 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 4 2019 - 11:44 AM

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Yesterday I did some trading and got a Formica obscuriventris queen with 6 host workers. I think the workers are F. subaenescens, but they could also be F. subsericea minors. The colony doesn't have any brood yet, but they're all acting healthy and the workers are very attracted to and protective of the queen, which is a good sign.

 

The F. obscuriventris queen is really beautiful. Her abdomen is shiny black and her head is mostly red with black around ocelli and the antennal scrobe (I think that's what it's called). But my favorite part is the red and black pattern on the thorax. I also like how the legs fad from red to black.

 

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#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted January 4 2019 - 12:23 PM

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Nice! I find these ants where i live but sadly i can't find any queens. But our area is overrun with formica aserva though.
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#3 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 16 2019 - 6:29 AM

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The workers and queen are acting even more connected as time goes on, which is good. Still no eggs yet, but I have been feeding them fruit flies and fruit fly larvae, so hopefully eggs will come soon. I really hope the queen is fertile.



#4 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 20 2019 - 1:24 PM

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#5 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted January 20 2019 - 3:40 PM

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Great looking queen!
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Keeper of: 3x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Temenothorax sp., x2 Subterranean termites. (Most of my colonies died.:*()





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