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Cloud's Brachyponera chinensis Journal (Updated June 2nd, 2019)


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#1 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 17 2019 - 7:44 PM

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I found four of these queens tonight. I caught three, but two of them disappeared without a trace, leaving me with only a single queen. I just have one question about these, are they semi-claustral? I'm thinking they are, but I'm not entirely certain. I think all Ponerines are though.


Darn, it posted twice. :facepalm:


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#2 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 17 2019 - 8:27 PM

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Just found one of the queens crawling on my Safar Ltd. Eastern Screech Owl I got on Saturday! :lol:


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#3 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 18 2019 - 3:56 AM

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Yes, they are semi claustral. I just realized, yours and my journals are the only 2 on the forum for Brachyponera chinensis. :shocked:

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#4 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 18 2019 - 4:02 AM

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Oh. Btw, these are termite specialists, but love baby meal worms, fruit flies and crickets. I would recommend keeping a termite feeder colony for them like I did before my last colony died.

#5 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 18 2019 - 10:33 AM

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Oh. Btw, these are termite specialists, but love baby meal worms, fruit flies and crickets. I would recommend keeping a termite feeder colony for them like I did before my last colony died.

I'll try and find some termites pairs.


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#6 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 18 2019 - 12:27 PM

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Just get a few dozen workers from a log.
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#7 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 18 2019 - 4:26 PM

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The queens died suddenly and unexpectedly, and I'm not sure why. :(


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#8 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 18 2019 - 5:13 PM

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These need very high humidity.

#9 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 18 2019 - 5:50 PM

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These need very high humidity.

I've caught 6 more queens, so I'll be sure to give them high humidity this time.


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#10 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 22 2019 - 7:37 PM

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I guess I can start this journal back up again as I've captured a small colony! It has about 15 workers and a small amount of brood. I found the colony inside of a walnut. I moved them into the formicarium my Aphaenogaster rudis used to inhabit, and they seem to be taking to it well. I have noticed a bit of a problem though, I never cleaned the plastic covering so now my view is obstructed!  :facepalm: Oh well, it'll be fine. They seem to be tucking the queen further back in the nest, and she seems pretty happy. They've already killed three termites, and I captured a king and queen termite today to start a feeder colony. (y)


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#11 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 23 2019 - 5:41 AM

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You won't be able to start a good feeder colony until around this time next year, if not more. Very long process. They need lots of rotting wood and some forest soil.
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#12 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 23 2019 - 5:53 AM

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You won't be able to start a good feeder colony until around this time next year, if not more. Very long process. They need lots of rotting wood and some forest soil.

That's okay. I can collect from wild colonies until this one starts to take hold.


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#13 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 23 2019 - 6:15 AM

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That's exactly what I did.
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#14 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 25 2019 - 7:43 PM

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Caught bunches of queens tonight. :)


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#15 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 26 2019 - 6:00 AM

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Try to get a.few workers for them. I think the reason why wild colonies have so many queens is because they accept new queens into the nest.

#16 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 2 2019 - 4:25 PM

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The colony has died, but the queens are still going strong.


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#17 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 17 2019 - 12:52 PM

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Update? I got 3 new queens today. 1 with wings, 2 without. :D

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#18 Offline SuperFrank - Posted June 17 2019 - 1:17 PM

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I've kept small ponerines successfully before, they flourish in a small dirt setup as opposed to a test tube. Ime fruitflies and bloodworms are ideal feeders
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