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Ant_Dude2908's Brachyponera chinensis Journal (Updated 3-17-19)


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#1 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 27 2019 - 9:44 AM

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I found a colony of these guys in a large rotting tree. I caught 7 queens and around 250-300 workers. I put them in a terrarium I made for my earwigs, and they have dug a small nest but the queens still hide in the old test tube with 20 workers guarding the huge amount of eggs. They are supposedly termite predators, but they eat crickets, mealworms, sugar water and other ants. (Camponotus subbarbatus alates.) 

 

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Edited by Ant_Dude2908, Yesterday, 10:18 AM.

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My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#2 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 27 2019 - 7:20 PM

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Nice, I hear these pack a punch with the sting even though they are small. I didn’t know they have multiple queen colonies. Cool find though.

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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#3 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 28 2019 - 7:30 AM

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Very painful sting. A worker climbed up my forceps and stung me in the back of my thumb yesterday. Still red and it still itches.


My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#4 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 28 2019 - 3:27 PM

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That’s why it called needle ant. :lol: They should call it Asian killer ant or something. So much for not aggressive.

Edited by Rstheant, February 28 2019 - 3:28 PM.

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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”- ...

#5 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 1 2019 - 9:45 AM

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More like Asian Red Hot Needle Ant.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#6 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 2 2019 - 4:18 PM

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Are the earwigs still in the nest? The can potentially cause havoc in the nest if they discover it. Also, you might want to put them in a ‘tubes and tubs’ setup to increase visibility. Not to sure, haven’t done much research on these species.

Edited by Rstheant, March 2 2019 - 4:18 PM.

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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”- ...

#7 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 3 2019 - 9:06 AM

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I did not think so. Until the ants broke open the earwig nest. Everyone died...


My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#8 Online sirjordanncurtis - Posted March 3 2019 - 11:54 AM

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Wait what now?



#9 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 3 2019 - 12:03 PM

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Wait, the ants and earwigs died?
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”- ...

#10 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 3 2019 - 3:02 PM

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The earwigs...
They were all just babies too...

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#11 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 4 2019 - 10:07 AM

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3-4-19

 

The queens and eggs were moved into the nest today! They are eating a small beetle for today. Their nest now extends the entire terrarium. They have gotten more aggressive too...


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My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#12 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 13 2019 - 8:30 AM

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3-13-19

 

They ate a few drywood termites today! They went crazy for them. I am guessing they have lots of brood now, because they have been eating tons of protein lately.


My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#13 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 15 2019 - 11:33 AM

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3-15-19

 

They definitely have some larvae, as they just ate 10 more termites. 


My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#14 Offline ponerinecat - Posted March 15 2019 - 2:01 PM

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most wood nesting speicies seem to like termites.



#15 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 15 2019 - 2:25 PM

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My Camponotus chromaiodes don't really like them.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#16 Offline ponerinecat - Posted March 16 2019 - 9:04 AM

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huh. I,ve never tried termites on camponautus, but speicies like formica and most wood nesting semi-claustrals seem to like them. there's actually some ants that nest only in termite iinfested wood.



#17 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 16 2019 - 10:39 AM

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I know the others love them. Not Camponotus though.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#18 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 16 2019 - 11:27 AM

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You might want to put them in a ‘tubes and tubs’ setup to increase visibility.


Edited by Rstheant, March 16 2019 - 11:28 AM.

My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#19 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 16 2019 - 12:28 PM

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These ants don't do good at all in test-tubes.
3-16-19

I found a queen in a log, so I added her to this colony bringing the queen count up to 8.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#20 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 16 2019 - 3:46 PM

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Then put her in a firebrick or grout nest. Lol
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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