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Antennal_Scrobe's Ant Journal - Pogonomyrmex occidentalis!

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#121 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Yesterday, 5:53 PM

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I took the Myrmica off the heat cable and they are way more active. I fed them a cricket leg and they dragged it into the test tube. I finally got the Lasius to eat protein by jamming a cricket leg down the entrance tube to their nest. They seem super excited; they haven't eaten anything in months because they aren't smart enough to forage. I also gave the Tetramorium the cricket those legs came from. Guess what happened. 


Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#122 Online ANTdrew - Posted Yesterday, 6:07 PM

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Whole Foods or any store that sells bulk seeds
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#123 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Yesterday, 6:12 PM

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The Pogonomyrmex took an ironweed seed! They had previously brought in some of the more shriveled ones, which I am not sure they can eat, but this time, I saw a worker take in one of my pre-peeled seeds (If that's what you would call it.), which would definitely be palatable to the larvae. I also just added another test tube to the Myrmica setup, which now looks like one of those fancy double lightsabers from Star Wars. Here's to hoping they like the new one better then the old gross one.


Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#124 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Yesterday, 6:19 PM

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Whole Foods or any store that sells bulk seeds

Whole Foods it is then.


Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#125 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Yesterday, 6:21 PM

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Are the Tetramorium really attacking the plastic plant...


I'm pretty sure they are...


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Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#126 Online ANTdrew - Posted Yesterday, 6:24 PM

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Are the Tetramorium really attacking the plastic plant...

I'm pretty sure they are...

Man, check my Tetrararium journal. They straight up killed all moss, lichens, and plants I put in their tank along with every living thing other than springtails.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#127 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Yesterday, 6:29 PM

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Are the Tetramorium really attacking the plastic plant...

I'm pretty sure they are...

Man, check my Tetrararium journal. They straight up killed all moss, lichens, and plants I put in their tank along with every living thing other than springtails.

 

They're biting and stinging at the part of the fake plant that is very close to where the ants go; maybe they are trying to clear the vegetation and make their trail more efficient. I don't think you can sting a piece of plastic to death but I guess they beg to differ. Speaking of your journal I'm actually trying to build such a terrarium for them, bu I don't have charcoal yet.


Edited by Antennal_Scrobe, Yesterday, 6:30 PM.

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Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#128 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Today, 6:24 AM

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Pogonomyrmex eating honey.
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Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#129 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Today, 6:39 AM

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Their favorite nesting spot is actually the connection tube between the nest and outworld. I assume that's where that larva was for the 3 hours I though they had eaten it.


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Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#130 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Today, 9:51 AM

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Got a whole bunch of seeds from the hippie food store (Not Whole Foods, a different one.); flax, millet, and chia. They haven't taken any yet. The queen laid some eggs! I can see what I think are two eggs inside the nest. It doesn't surprise me, she looks very physogastric. What's more, I caught a Tapinoma colony, but when I tried to contain them in a test tube setup, all the Tapinoma queens and most of the workers got out into my room, including the one I already had. Now I have my very own free range ants.


Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#131 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Today, 10:27 AM

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They like the chia seeds best. It figures, they cost like 4 times more than the other ones.


Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#132 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Today, 12:57 PM

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Fed the Myrmica and managed to spot 4 queens at the same place and time! This colony also has a decent brood pile which is certainly better off than when I caught them. I'm pretty sure some of the eggs might be new. I might make a dirt setup for the Pogonomyrmex, and use the Mini Hearth for something else. They seem to want sand and dirt to mess with. Really interesting to see them carrying big piles of loose sand with their psammophores, and, in true ant fashion, shoving it all into some random corner where they never even go.


Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi


#133 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Today, 1:34 PM

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I emailed Tarheel Ants about my blocked off water tube, and he told me he would ship a new Mini Hearth tomorrow! Apparently the issue can be fixed by jabbing an unfolded paper clip down the tube, but this is apparently difficult to pull off.


Edited by Antennal_Scrobe, Today, 1:34 PM.

Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Lasius aphidicola, Brachymyrmex depilis

Formica pallidefulva, Myrmica cf. punctiventris

Formica neogagates, Myrmica sp.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Lasius neoniger

Lasius brevicornis

Crematogaster cerasi






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