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Formica Subsericea


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#1 Online Amazant - Posted August 12 2019 - 10:55 AM

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My founding Formica subsericea queens 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. Has anyone else experienced this amount of fast growth?
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Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula

#2 Online Amazant - Posted August 12 2019 - 11:41 AM

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Here is a picture three days after capture





Here is a picture from today



Edited by Amazant, August 12 2019 - 2:50 PM.

Colonies:
Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula

#3 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 13 2019 - 4:58 AM

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Great work! Sounds like an all-star queen you got.
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#4 Online Amazant - Posted August 13 2019 - 5:48 AM

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Today the queen had another 1 or 2 pupae and the oldest pupae is starting to get a little dark, does that mean it will eclose soon or dying?
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Colonies:
Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula

#5 Offline Acutus - Posted August 13 2019 - 7:41 AM

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They usually darken before eclosing. What temperature you keeping this girl at? your queen is ahead of mine and I've had mine like 10 days longer. Whatever your doing keep it up!!  (y)  (y)


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Formica subsericea


#6 Online Amazant - Posted August 13 2019 - 9:50 AM

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My room where all my ants are in is usually around the low to mid eighties in the summer because mother rooms air conditioning doesn’t work and like all my founding queens she is in a dressers cabinet. Also Formica Subsericea are formic acid sprayers right?
So keeping them in an acrylic founding nest after they have 10 or 10 workers would be a bad idea? Would a tubs and tubes setup be better for them? And Thank you for the information about the pupae.
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Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula

#7 Online YsTheAnt - Posted August 13 2019 - 4:42 PM

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Any setup with some sort of absorbent substrate would work best for them. Personally I would reccomend a formicarium with a natural, absorbent surface, a dirt setup, or a test tube with some substrate for them.

#8 Online Amazant - Posted August 14 2019 - 10:29 AM

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Any setup with some sort of absorbent substrate would work best for them. Personally I would reccomend a formicarium with a natural, absorbent surface, a dirt setup, or a test tube with some substrate for them.


Would you recommend a tubs and tubes setup with sand?
Colonies:
Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula

#9 Online Amazant - Posted August 15 2019 - 1:51 PM

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For about two days now she has had 5 pupae and 5 more larvae, I’ll start adding more pictures once she has her first nanitic.
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Colonies:
Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula

#10 Online Amazant - Posted August 17 2019 - 7:09 AM

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Does anyone know why a queen would destroy the silk around a pupae because mine did it with two of hers so now only 4 of her pupae have the silk cocoons. Should I feed her right now because her Gaster seems extremely small or wait until the nanitics come? Thanks for any help.
Colonies:
Tetramorium

Founding:
Formica Subsericea
x2 Crematogaster laeviuscula




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