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Atta texana journal 2019


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#1 Offline yen_saw - Posted May 11 2019 - 11:23 AM

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This is one group of Atta texana (5-queens) I will be keeping track here. I do not plan to disturb the group often so I probably only update once a week during this early founding stage. So it has been a week since the queens were collected. Today I found that one queen couldn't make it and as you can see bad fungi appear on the body rather quick. The dead queen was discarded by the other surviving queens (now down to 4) at the far side of the container away for obvious reason. All the queens appear to gather near the small droplet of fungus pellets seen attached to eggs laid by the queens. Hopefully the fungus will grow in the following week.

 

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#2 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted May 11 2019 - 4:18 PM

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Looks good so far!

-Haden Lee
Keeps:

NATIVE: Crematogaster sp -16  Formica palledefulva-1  Stigmatomma pallipes-7  Formica integra-1  Camponotus casteanus-1  Tetramorium immigrans-1  

NON-NATIVE: Solenopsis invicta- 2 Atta texana-2-3

 

 

Hornets: Dolichovespula maculata-1 (Bald faced hornets-self raised from queen, over 300 workers now!)


#3 Offline Acutus - Posted May 13 2019 - 7:47 PM

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Ok so I'm kinda just learning this fungus ant stuff. did your Queens start the fungus or did you have to supply some to them?

 

What is the substrate in your container? and there are two Test tube ports? I assume one for water. the other?


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Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva


#4 Offline Leo - Posted May 14 2019 - 1:29 AM

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Substrate looks like plaster or hydrostone. The queens have a small piece of fungus with them when they begin their nuptial flights. The 2nd of the 2 ports appears to be blocked with cotton.



#5 Offline yen_saw - Posted May 18 2019 - 2:06 PM

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A week comes and goes. This group is down to 3 queens but the fungus grew quite a bit. Fingers crossed at least a colony can be established from this particular group.

 

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#6 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted May 18 2019 - 3:17 PM

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Wow!! the fungus grew very quickly!! 



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NATIVE: Crematogaster sp -16  Formica palledefulva-1  Stigmatomma pallipes-7  Formica integra-1  Camponotus casteanus-1  Tetramorium immigrans-1  

NON-NATIVE: Solenopsis invicta- 2 Atta texana-2-3

 

 

Hornets: Dolichovespula maculata-1 (Bald faced hornets-self raised from queen, over 300 workers now!)


#7 Offline yen_saw - Posted May 26 2019 - 5:10 AM

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Here goes another week. The trio still working on building up the fungus. There is also a single queen set up with impressive fungus development. Hopefully I can see any larvae development next week but currently they are being kept in dark and cool (75-77F) area.

 

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#8 Online ANTdrew - Posted May 26 2019 - 5:03 PM

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Truly amazing!

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


#9 Offline Acutus - Posted May 26 2019 - 5:09 PM

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Those containers you are using. Are they something you made or where did you get them? It looks like the test tube entrance is like a gasket?


Billy

 

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Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva


#10 Offline yen_saw - Posted June 3 2019 - 8:35 AM

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So here comes larvae! almost a month have passed since the queens are collected.

 

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#11 Offline FSTP - Posted June 3 2019 - 11:32 AM

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this is great, the fungus looks like a tasty pile of popcorn.


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There are videos of my ants here: https://www.youtube....bN5yYK2KWXA0vQ?


#12 Offline Dethundrel - Posted June 3 2019 - 11:52 PM

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Those are some cool looking ants and seems like they are off to a good start. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to updates!

#13 Offline Wedge - Posted June 7 2019 - 4:32 PM

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These look amazing and it seems like they are doing well so far. Good job! I was wondering if you have been feeding them yet or if they are able to grow the fungus up to this point on their own some how. If you are giving them anything, what have you tried so far?


Current Colonies:

Camponotus floridanus

Cyphomyrmex minutus

Cyphomyrmex rimosus

Odontomachus brunneus

Pheidole floridana

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole moerens

Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Pseudomyrmex pallidus


#14 Offline yen_saw - Posted June 8 2019 - 1:13 PM

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These look amazing and it seems like they are doing well so far. Good job! I was wondering if you have been feeding them yet or if they are able to grow the fungus up to this point on their own some how. If you are giving them anything, what have you tried so far?

No I do not feed the queens anything at all so the fungus must have been growing from the feces or eggs produced by the queens. I do not plan to provide any food plant until workers with visible mandible are present. I have seen first few pupa today and all three queens are still happily tending to the fungus. I just had a quick look and decided not to disturb them so no picture update this week.  


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#15 Offline Wedge - Posted June 9 2019 - 5:40 PM

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Ok awesome. Thanks for letting me know.  I have some Trachymyrmex queens that I just recently found and have been watching this thread and reading others to get an idea of how I want to get them going.  So far they are in containers similar to what you have but a bit smaller. They haven't regurgitated their fungal pellets yet and I wasn't sure if I needed to start feeding them to encourage them to do that.


Current Colonies:

Camponotus floridanus

Cyphomyrmex minutus

Cyphomyrmex rimosus

Odontomachus brunneus

Pheidole floridana

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole moerens

Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Pseudomyrmex pallidus


#16 Offline yen_saw - Posted June 16 2019 - 7:33 PM

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Finally worker emerged! Fungus garden developing well and load of pupa too.

 

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#17 Offline Herdo - Posted June 17 2019 - 12:30 AM

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Very nice yen_saw! I had no idea this species was polygynous.

#18 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 17 2019 - 5:16 AM

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Very nice job, hopefully these will be successful.

Currently keeping:             

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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                                                                                "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(2 tubes  with five in one and two in the other.  )

---Monomorium cf. minimum(1 queen) Pheidole navigans(9 separate queens) Hypoponera sp. (1 queen)  Nylanderia vividula(1)

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


#19 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 17 2019 - 11:09 AM

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Very nice yen_saw! I had no idea this species was polygynous.

Queens might get killed off later, though.


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#20 Offline yen_saw - Posted June 19 2019 - 6:23 AM

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Very nice yen_saw! I had no idea this species was polygynous.

Queens might get killed off later, though.

 

Once the colony has enough workers that are able to cut leaves and build fungus, I will separate the queen individually and divide the amount of fungus and workers evenly for each queen. There is always risk of losing the queen with growing colony. 


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