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Formica bradleyi Journal

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#1 Offline rbarreto - Posted July 11 2019 - 6:53 PM

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Formica bradleyi

I was going to wait  until these got workers but I'm just too excited. I got two of these from Canadian anter earlier this week. Both queens have eggs and  drank a little bit of honey. I'm really hoping these queens do well since they're the most beautiful queens I've ever seen. Wish me luck!

 

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#2 Offline Canadian anter - Posted July 11 2019 - 9:21 PM

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Rbarreto gave me permission to temporarily hijack this thread but I just want to point out that these are available at canada-ant-colony.com
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#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 12 2019 - 11:41 AM

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Beautiful queen!  Good luck!


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Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens: Brachymyrmex patagonicus, Solenopsis xyloni, Lasius cf. niger, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. caguatan, Formica argentea, Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Myrmica cf. tahoensis.

#4 Online ANTdrew - Posted July 12 2019 - 1:58 PM

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Wow! They are beautiful. Are these parasitic?

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


#5 Offline rbarreto - Posted July 12 2019 - 2:05 PM

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Wow! They are beautiful. Are these parasitic?


Nope, they are part of the neogagates group.

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#6 Offline sweetgrass - Posted July 18 2019 - 9:18 PM

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I ordered a Queen today!! Can’t wait

#7 Offline rbarreto - Posted July 19 2019 - 7:08 AM

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Formica bradleyi

So these guys went from eggs to pupae in a week, and I'm pretty sure they were caught a week before that. This is some insanely fast growth for a species up here in Canada. I don't even have them on a heating cable.

 

It's also interesting to note that although this species nests exclusively in sand, it doesn't seem necessary.

 

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#8 Offline rbarreto - Posted July 30 2019 - 8:49 PM

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Formica Bradleyi

I have some good news and some bad news for this update. The bad news is that one of the queens died for what's seems to be no reason whatsoever (as queens seem to do). The good news is that the other healthy colony now has six workers! I gave them some honey and a few fruit flies. Talk about some crazy fast growth.

 

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#9 Offline Canadian anter - Posted July 30 2019 - 8:57 PM

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Nice! One of my colonies has 15ish pupae it seems
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#10 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 31 2019 - 6:23 AM

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Ok, I better be able to have the these imported soon....
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#11 Offline VoidElecent - Posted July 31 2019 - 8:02 AM

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I didn't know these were part of the neogagates group. So cool.


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#12 Offline spartANTS - Posted August 18 2019 - 7:29 PM

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Do you keep all day long the test tube heated?

cool pictures



#13 Offline Canadian anter - Posted August 18 2019 - 8:05 PM

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Do you keep all day long the test tube heated?
cool pictures

I'm not rbarreto but I know both him and I heat the ants 24/7
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#14 Offline spartANTS - Posted August 18 2019 - 8:14 PM

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ok cool thank you.



#15 Offline rbarreto - Posted Yesterday, 7:00 AM

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I've actually noticed many of my ants trying to get as far away as possible from the heating cable on hot days. If temps are above 30C I remove them from the cable (except for my Pogonomyrmex queen).


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#16 Offline Lazarus - Posted Yesterday, 7:32 AM

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I took out my heating pads about a month ago as the ants did not seem to care and did not distinguish between the heated and unheated sides. But I'll probably be turning them on again soon.


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