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Ant_Dude2908's Solenopsis invicta Journal (Discontinued)

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#1 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 9 2019 - 5:22 AM

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I found a polygynus colony outside and took 7 queens and about 50 workers. I have them in a test tube with a THA Mini Hearth outworld. They have around 600 eggs already! When they get big enough I will move them into a Type 3 Mini Hearth.

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, April 14 2019 - 6:24 AM.

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

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 9 2019 - 5:55 AM

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Dang, they're going to grow crazy fast!


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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#3 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 9 2019 - 6:04 AM

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I know.... One queen is capable of producing over 10,000 workers in half a year... And that is just a FOUNDING queen. These are mature queens.

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#4 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 9 2019 - 7:38 AM

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They just ate a medium sized mealworm. I am not going to heat them much, after I saw Drew's journal.

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#5 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 9 2019 - 1:42 PM

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I have decided it is best not to wait with a species like this, so I am moving them into their Mini Hearth XL right now. Should hold about 1000-1500 workers.

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#6 Offline Rstheant - Posted April 9 2019 - 2:42 PM

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Euthanize them. It's for the best.
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#7 Offline Rstheant - Posted April 9 2019 - 2:47 PM

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Better yet, freeze them and feed them to a hungry lizard lol.

#8 Online YsTheAnt - Posted April 9 2019 - 3:07 PM

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There's no need to euthanize them if they've already invaded your area.
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#9 Offline Zeiss - Posted April 9 2019 - 3:09 PM

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There's no need to euthanize them if they've already invaded your area.

No need to euthanize an invasive species? haha.  Invasive species should always be killed, just because they're there doesn't mean you should let them just stay.  

 

What could also benefit would be people taking queens in and keeping them, but what makes it bad is when they aren't able to control their own colony and end up releasing them.  People who release their invasive ants are a part of the problem as well.  I don't understand why it's hard for some to just kill them if they're unable to care for them.


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#10 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 9 2019 - 3:55 PM

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They have now completely moved in! There are around 700 eggs! About 2 weeks from now they should have new workers!

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#11 Offline Rstheant - Posted April 9 2019 - 5:09 PM

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You don't know what you're signing up for, my man. But okaaaaay. It doesn't bother me. Good luck.

Oh wait, you don't need it

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#12 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 9 2019 - 5:32 PM

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I know what I'm signing up for. Last 3 months of doing research. I have experience with S. molesta.

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, April 9 2019 - 5:33 PM.

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

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#13 Online YsTheAnt - Posted April 9 2019 - 6:54 PM

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There's no need to euthanize them if they've already invaded your area.

No need to euthanize an invasive species? haha. Invasive species should always be killed, just because they're there doesn't mean you should let them just stay.

What could also benefit would be people taking queens in and keeping them, but what makes it bad is when they aren't able to control their own colony and end up releasing them. People who release their invasive ants are a part of the problem as well. I don't understand why it's hard for some to just kill them if they're unable to care for them.

I just meant that if they are already established there, there isn't much environmental harm in keeping them.

However, I completely agree that if you can no longer care for them, euthanasia is the best option.
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#14 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 10 2019 - 9:12 AM

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Pics!

Only 4 queens left... :thinking:

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Edited by Ant_Dude2908, April 10 2019 - 9:14 AM.

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

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#15 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 10 2019 - 9:15 AM

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There's no need to euthanize them if they've already invaded your area.

No need to euthanize an invasive species? haha.  Invasive species should always be killed, just because they're there doesn't mean you should let them just stay.  

 

What could also benefit would be people taking queens in and keeping them, but what makes it bad is when they aren't able to control their own colony and end up releasing them.  People who release their invasive ants are a part of the problem as well.  I don't understand why it's hard for some to just kill them if they're unable to care for them.

 

Also if my memory does not fail me, I am pretty sure we are invasive.


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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

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#16 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 10 2019 - 12:25 PM

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I’m realizing that I can barely keep up with my one queen Tetramorium colony. A bunch escaped yesterday as I was trying to repair a breach in their bead container nest. I think I will get them into a big aquarium natural set up. Anybody have good advice for dealing with huge colonies? I’m really attached to this queen because she was my first I found.

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#17 Offline Guy_Fieri - Posted April 10 2019 - 2:25 PM

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I’m realizing that I can barely keep up with my one queen Tetramorium colony. A bunch escaped yesterday as I was trying to repair a breach in their bead container nest. I think I will get them into a big aquarium natural set up. Anybody have good advice for dealing with huge colonies? I’m really attached to this queen because she was my first I found.

Fluon and baby powder are both effective solutions.

#18 Offline Rstheant - Posted April 10 2019 - 2:26 PM

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Yes, ANTdrew, just kill them for fun, no actually don’t. For an aquarium set up, it has silicone on the edges which you can cover in tape and put PFTE over the tape. And for the nest, you can make something out of hydrostone or grout.

#19 Offline anttics - Posted April 13 2019 - 2:37 PM

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After losing many colonies to Argentine ants. I killed them every chance i get. I use boilong water. And baits. No argentine ants near my colonies again. If I could kill all argentine ants in California. I would do it. I suggest you freeze those fire ants. They do not belong here.

#20 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 13 2019 - 4:06 PM

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Like I said, humans don't belong in America either. Just because they are invasive, does not mean they are bad. They are trying to survive, just like everything else in the world.

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Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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