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Hypoponera opacior behavior


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#21 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 25 2019 - 2:50 PM

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I dug around a rock after finding a orange hypoponera worker, and viola! a colony. no queen though. I noticed they nest differently, spreading out instead of the usual H. opacior central chamber.



#22 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 29 2019 - 10:15 AM

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the H. opacior are eating their cocoons. It seems I gave them too many and they are culling the population.



#23 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 2 2019 - 9:34 AM

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I see some cocoon skin in the nest, but no new workers.



#24 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 5 2019 - 10:40 AM

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tons of new workers. The instant the work force rose the queens reverted back to staying in the nest. also laid a large batch of eggs.



#25 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 8 2019 - 5:14 PM

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Could the orange ones be H. punctatissima?   They could also be opaciceps.  You should put one under a microscope if you have one.  If not, send a worker to someone who does.  Then you can figure out what species they are.


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Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

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Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(1 tube with 8 queens, one fertile)

---Monomorium ergatognya(1) Pheidole navigans(3 separate queens) Hypoponera spp. (2 separate queens)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.


#26 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 9 2019 - 9:38 AM

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Could the orange ones be H. punctatissima?   They could also be opaciceps.  You should put one under a microscope if you have one.  If not, send a worker to someone who does.  Then you can figure out what species they are.

This is just me, but I generally don't really care about the species. As long as I get the general behaviors and know how to keep them I don't really care for any other information on their taxonomy. Of course, if its a new species, that's an entirely different story.

 

They also died off with only 2 visible workers, so not really concerned with them. They did dig huge tunnel systems spanning the entire container, though.


Edited by ponerinecat, June 9 2019 - 9:40 AM.


#27 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 14 2019 - 5:11 PM

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These can fly in the morning. One landed at my feet at school at 8:05 in the morning. Sadly, it diednin a dirt filled test tubes which was all I had. Probably pesticides. I never knew they were daytime flyers.
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Currently keeping:             

Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

                                                                                              "Either you will control your government, or government will control you." -Ronald Reagan

                                                                                "Leadership is the art is getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -                                                                                   Dwight  D. Eisenhower

                        

 

Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(1 tube with 8 queens, one fertile)

---Monomorium ergatognya(1) Pheidole navigans(3 separate queens) Hypoponera spp. (2 separate queens)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.


#28 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 15 2019 - 12:11 PM

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I've only ever seen alates in the day. Found a small elongate orange alate when I moved here, drowned in honey. I had no idea there were predatory ants.



#29 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 21 2019 - 9:38 AM

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Seem to have laid new eggs. It's hard to tell with all the cocoon shreds. The workers constantly circle around the edge, like an ant mill.



#30 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 22 2019 - 9:33 AM

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will be gone for four weeks in china, so no updates for a while. Hope they pull through.






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