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NickAnter's Temnothorax cf. nevadensis journal


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#1 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 24 2019 - 8:43 AM

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Within the first five minutes of arriving at our campsite(in the eastern sierras), I caught two of these queens.  One is a bit smaller than the other, but they are cooperating well, and are tending the egg pile of 8 eggs.  Like all Temnothorax, their eggs are rather big compared to the size of the queen.  :D  I don't think there is much documentation on this species other than habitat, so maybe I will learn something new about colony size.   Hopefully they turn out to be a successful colony.


Edited by NickAnter, August 24 2019 - 8:44 AM.

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Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#2 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 27 2019 - 7:24 AM

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So, they have laid a couple eggs which are a lot smaller than the others. I am not sure if it is the smaller queen who is laying them, but it is a little odd. Here is a pic:

Note: The queen who is in focus is the smaller queen.

Edited by NickAnter, August 27 2019 - 7:26 AM.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 29 2019 - 10:03 AM

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Some more pics, with a macro lens:

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#4 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 31 2019 - 2:28 PM

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They have a very small larva now!!!  Yay! :yahoo:  I can't wait to see what workers look like!


Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#5 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 1 2019 - 12:51 PM

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Here is a picture of the larva. Others are close to hatching, as they are getting darker.
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Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#6 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 9 2019 - 3:01 PM

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There is a pupa!!!!

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#7 Offline ponerinecat - Posted September 9 2019 - 4:47 PM

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pic?



#8 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 9 2019 - 5:49 PM

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Hold on a few minutes. Then a pic will magically appear.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#9 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 9 2019 - 5:53 PM

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The pupa is in the middle of the picture.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#10 Offline ponerinecat - Posted September 10 2019 - 2:45 PM

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nice



#11 Offline AntsDakota - Posted September 10 2019 - 4:09 PM

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The queens do look to be of slightly different proportions. It would be fascinating if two species were cooperating so well together.


"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version

 

 


#12 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 10 2019 - 5:30 PM

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I am pretty sure they are the same species. They would kill each other if they were different. But I guess its possible.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#13 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 15 2019 - 10:10 AM

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There are three pupae now. One is darkening. They also have a couple large larvae, and one is huge. A bit bigger than a pupa.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#14 Offline AntsDakota - Posted September 15 2019 - 10:32 AM

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I am pretty sure they are the same species. They would kill each other if they were different. But I guess its possible.

I meant it would be fascinating because most species usually will fight, and it would be a new scientific discovery.


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#15 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 15 2019 - 11:23 AM

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Ah okay. Also, the bigger queen did bite the other queen this morning, but I shook the tube, and they are peaceful again.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#16 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 18 2019 - 6:05 AM

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Little queen was brutally murdered. Legs torn off and dead. Worker should eclose within a few days. It is a light brown now.

Edited by NickAnter, September 18 2019 - 6:06 AM.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#17 Offline ponerinecat - Posted September 18 2019 - 4:10 PM

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that's sad, wonder if they were different species.



#18 Offline NickAnter - Posted September 19 2019 - 5:47 AM

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I don't know. They sure seemed to get along in the beginining. Also, now, on side of her abdomen is torn off, so I wonder, if that dent she already had caused a rupture.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.





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