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Ferox's Pseudomyrmex ejectus Journal (Updated June 5th, 2019)


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#1 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 4 2019 - 5:01 AM

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I have a reputation on this forum to being dedicated to catching ants, but this time, I took that to the extreme. In my backyard, there's a good sized Red Maple Tree that I've seen Pseudomyrmex ejectus foraging on. I wanted to see if I could find any nests, so I started climbing. I climbed up about 50 feet until I finally found a dead twig. I cracked it open and inside was a nest of Pseudomyrmex ejectus. I descended down the tree once I realized that I had sliced open my knee somehow. On the way down, about 20 feet up, I got my foot stuck, and I could not get it out. I struggle for about 20 minutes, and I finally realized that I just needed to climb back up and drop out of the tree, so I did. I took the ants back to my porch to collect them, and I saw lots of alate brood and even an alate male! And I actually finally got the queen! I haven't gotten them into a proper setup as of yet, but I will get one soon. I plan on setting them up in a paludarium setup, along with my Cephalotes varians once I obtain them in a few weeks. Updates coming soon.


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#2 Offline Leo - Posted June 4 2019 - 5:19 AM

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why?



#3 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 4 2019 - 5:21 AM

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why?

Because I'm insane and I love climbing trees. :lol:


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#4 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 4 2019 - 5:23 AM

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why?

Because I'm insane and I love climbing trees. :lol:

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5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#5 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 4 2019 - 5:59 AM

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Absolute insanity. :lol:


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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(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.


#6 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 4 2019 - 6:23 AM

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Extremely insane. :lol:
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#7 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 4 2019 - 6:40 AM

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Extremely insane. :lol:

Yeah. :lol:


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#8 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 4 2019 - 9:34 AM

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BREAKING NEWS: Local resident breaks into house and tears up floorboards. Home owner moves after cost of damage amounting to several hundreds of thousands of dollars. Perpetrator says he was only collecting ants of the genus Camponotus. The offending individual already has a crime record of digging on private property and breaking into a jail cell, all in his insane quest for ants.


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#9 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 4 2019 - 9:51 AM

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BREAKING NEWS: Local resident breaks into house and tears up floorboards. Home owner moves after cost of damage amounting to several hundreds of thousands of dollars. Perpetrator says he was only collecting ants of the genus Camponotus. The offending individual already has a crime record of digging on private property and breaking into a jail cell, all in his insane quest for ants.

Well then... :lol:


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#10 Offline ForestDragon - Posted June 4 2019 - 10:04 AM

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bro ur nuts



#11 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 4 2019 - 10:26 AM

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bro ur nuts

I mean, I just climbed up a tree. I'm good at climbing.


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#12 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 4 2019 - 3:07 PM

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Fifty feet up! You could have died! :boohoo: :sore: %) 


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

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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.


#13 Offline Acutus - Posted June 4 2019 - 3:16 PM

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THIS

 I descended down the tree once I realized that I had sliced open my knee somehow. On the way down, about 20 feet up, I got my foot stuck, and I could not get it out. I struggle for about 20 minutes, and I finally realized that I just needed to climb back up and drop out of the tree, 

 

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 started to climb, slowly and painfully. I finally got to the first limb and grappled onto it as tight as I could. I had completely run out of strength at that point, so I decided to let go. I fell down with a crash to the forest floor, breathing heavily. After a few minutes of rebuilding my strength, I was ready to try again, so I did. 

 

Yeah good at climbing!! LOL! Maybe good at falling!! :D

 

I'm just teasing of course! :D

 

I can't think of an ant species I'm gonna do any of that for. :D There probably is one, maybe a A. tennesseensis Queen.


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Billy

 

Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva


#14 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 4 2019 - 4:29 PM

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I would 100% do this for a colony of Colobopsis impressa.

#15 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 4 2019 - 6:45 PM

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THIS

 I descended down the tree once I realized that I had sliced open my knee somehow. On the way down, about 20 feet up, I got my foot stuck, and I could not get it out. I struggle for about 20 minutes, and I finally realized that I just needed to climb back up and drop out of the tree, 

 

Along with this

 started to climb, slowly and painfully. I finally got to the first limb and grappled onto it as tight as I could. I had completely run out of strength at that point, so I decided to let go. I fell down with a crash to the forest floor, breathing heavily. After a few minutes of rebuilding my strength, I was ready to try again, so I did. 

 

Yeah good at climbing!! LOL! Maybe good at falling!! :D

 

I'm just teasing of course! :D

 

I can't think of an ant species I'm gonna do any of that for. :D There probably is one, maybe a A. tennesseensis Queen.

 

What about Cephalotes if you went to Texas, Arizona, or Florida? I'd do that for sure when I go to Florida in two weeks!


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#16 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 4 2019 - 6:46 PM

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Fifty feet up! You could have died! :boohoo: :sore: %)

Yup, I could've, but I consider myself an expert tree climber (I'm really not though...) :lol:


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#17 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 5 2019 - 4:19 AM

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They ate the male...


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#18 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 19 2019 - 8:31 AM

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