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Sirjordanncurtis' Pogonomyrmex subdentatus Journal


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#1 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted February 15 2019 - 10:30 AM

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I caught these queens in Antioch, CA at around October. At first, I kept them all in a cabinet but for around 1 month, but none of them laid any eggs. Afterwards, I put them on a heat mat, but even though they started laying eggs, none of them hatched. At this point, I pretty much thought they were all infertile. Then 1 larva from Colony 1 started growing and it pupated into a worker. I realized I was probably heating them wrong and decided to change their setup. I moved my queens into an incubator setup following YsTheAnt's example and the other brood started developing as well. The nanitic worker from colony 1 is much smaller than the ones from the other colonies for some reason. YsTheAnt also helped me ID them.

 

 


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#2 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted March 19 2019 - 7:21 PM

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All colonies now have quite a few workers. I made the mistake of accidentally leaving a thermometer in the outworld of one of my colonies which prompted a worker to crawl out. Then I accidentally placed her into the wrong colony. Realizing my mistake, I made an ever bigger oof, and took out the wrong worker from that colony. Now one of them is dead; her head was attached to a queen from the colony for some time before getting detached. On the other hand, I can't figure out where the other worker is, since it was accepted into the colony. I actually didn't know Pogonomyrmex could do that, I always thought of them as being extremely aggressive towards each other.

The largest colony is at 10 workers now.

Images will be coming soon!


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#3 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 21 2019 - 2:31 PM

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Wow, big mess up. Maybe that day, the ant gods cursed you!!! Dadum chhhhhhh! Ohhhh, ahhhhhhh.

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#4 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted March 21 2019 - 7:28 PM

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Wow, big mess up. Maybe that day, the ant gods cursed you!!! Dadum chhhhhhh! Ohhhh, ahhhhhhh.

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Well if they did, they're definitely feeling sorry about it. The largest colony has sooo much brood.


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#5 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 22 2019 - 2:17 PM

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