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Acutus' Formica subsericea Journal Larvae!!!!! Update 8/10/19


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#21 Offline AntsDakota - Posted August 2 2019 - 10:05 AM

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Why has your queen laid so many eggs? My queen has only about 5 larvae and nothing else.

I believe it may depend on queen and species. Most Formica queens I've ever had only lay between two and five at most, yet an Formica cf. montana queen I recently caught laid around ten or fifteen.


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#22 Offline Lasiusumbratus - Posted August 2 2019 - 5:59 PM

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Never mind she has a lot of brood and has 2 pupae.
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#23 Offline Acutus - Posted August 2 2019 - 6:28 PM

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Nothing really too special about care, but their growth rate is insane in the second and third years.


Well I'll worry about that when I get them through hibernation. I'm dreading that with ALL of my colonies!
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Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#24 Offline ANTdrew - Posted August 2 2019 - 7:36 PM

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Nothing really too special about care, but their growth rate is insane in the second and third years.

Well I'll worry about that when I get them through hibernation. I'm dreading that with ALL of my colonies!

Don’t stress, man. It’s like a little vacation from your ant keeping duties. I’m actually looking forward to it at this point. Too bad I can’t put my toddlers in diapause for three months, too!
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#25 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 3 2019 - 10:43 AM

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Nothing really too special about care, but their growth rate is insane in the second and third years.

Well I'll worry about that when I get them through hibernation. I'm dreading that with ALL of my colonies!
Too bad I can’t put my toddlers in diapause for three months, too!

:lol:

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#26 Offline Acutus - Posted August 10 2019 - 3:11 PM

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HOLY [censored]!!! She has Larvae already!!!!  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:

To me that's amazing compared to my Camponotus!

 

Fs Larvae

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Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#27 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 10 2019 - 4:06 PM

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I told you Formica mean business!
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#28 Offline Acutus - Posted August 10 2019 - 4:28 PM

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I told you Formica mean business!


Sweet! This is exciting!

Billy

 

Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#29 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 10 2019 - 4:30 PM

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Her workers should arrive about this time next month, or later this month.
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#30 Offline ANTdrew - Posted August 10 2019 - 6:00 PM

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You’re lucky, dude!
I love the golden sheen on her.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#31 Online Amazant - Posted August 12 2019 - 10:50 AM

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Do founding Formica subsericea queens usually have a shorter amount of time between egg and worker because my queen had eggs 3 days after capture then in about a week had huge larvae which was when I checked on them 2 days ago and then last night the larvae became a pupae and this morning I saw another pupae, and right now she has around 5 large larvae and 5 small larvae. I’ve only had her for around 12 days and I read about how that’s how long it usually takes them to even get to the larval stage. Of you need a picture I can get one.
Colonies:
Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula

#32 Offline Acutus - Posted August 13 2019 - 7:13 AM

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Do founding Formica subsericea queens usually have a shorter amount of time between egg and worker because my queen had eggs 3 days after capture then in about a week had huge larvae which was when I checked on them 2 days ago and then last night the larvae became a pupae and this morning I saw another pupae, and right now she has around 5 large larvae and 5 small larvae. I’ve only had her for around 12 days and I read about how that’s how long it usually takes them to even get to the larval stage. Of you need a picture I can get one.

 

I caught her like 3 weeks ago and my larvae are quite large now too! So they're pretty quick as Ant_Dude keeps telling me! :D Temperature could probably accelerate things as well. My queen isn't really heated,


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Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#33 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted August 13 2019 - 7:23 AM

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Good luck! Mine always die before getting eggs.

Edited by Kaelwizard, August 13 2019 - 7:23 AM.


#34 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 13 2019 - 8:06 AM

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Definitely heat them. They will have more than 50 workers by hibernation if you heat them.

#35 Online Amazant - Posted August 13 2019 - 9:56 AM

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Definitely heat them. They will have more than 50 workers by hibernation if you heat them.


Even if they are founding this late in the year? Or are you talking about Formica Subsericea queens that wait to lay eggs after hibernation?
Colonies:
Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula




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