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Ants4fun's Tapinoma sessile journal (ended)

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#1 Offline Ants4fun - Posted April 16 2015 - 6:44 PM

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I found this colony less than a week ago under a large piece of bark. A got around 7 queens, a few hundred workers, and well over a hundred larvae. Since then they have laid hundreds of eggs.
Despite what I here many people say, they (so far) have been really responsive to food. They love mealworms and suger water the best though.

I heard that they breed within the next, so I am hoping for some queens this year!

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#2 Offline Myrmicinae - Posted April 16 2015 - 6:50 PM

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Good luck!  Keep us updated.


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#3 Offline Ants4fun - Posted April 22 2015 - 5:21 AM

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I found two other colonies warming under rocks. One with about 4 queens, and the other with only one. I tried to see if they would be friendly, so I introduced a worker into my main colony, but they fought. Otherwise my colony Is doing good. Although I moved them into a test tube for better viewing. I can see that they have 8 queens, and about 500 workers. The larvae are about to pupate as well. They keep on producing a ton of eggs, and I think I might get some queens this year!


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#4 Offline Crystals - Posted April 22 2015 - 6:43 AM

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Nice.

Can't wait to see how they do.


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#5 Offline Ants4fun - Posted April 30 2015 - 7:44 AM

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I let this colony go and kept two smaller colonies. One with eight queens, and another with just one. The 9 queen colony has around <100 workers and the 1 queen colony has around 50 workers.

The larger colony is kept in a test tube. I just fed them honey, and they loved it! Near half the colony was at droplets , and even one of the queens came in and ate some! Both colonies have a lot of eggs and a few larvae.


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#6 Offline William. T - Posted April 30 2015 - 12:21 PM

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These colonies seem to do well at first, but almost all journals of this species end after six or so months. Try to heat them and provide a diverse diet. My T. Sessile loves heat and Camponotus workers..


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1 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 15 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

1 T. Sessile 200 workers

 


#7 Offline Ants4fun - Posted April 30 2015 - 12:30 PM

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These ones hate the heat.  In fact I used a heating cable to move them...



#8 Offline Ants4fun - Posted May 15 2015 - 5:59 PM

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Update: Colony number 1(9 queen colony) this colony has lots of eggs, hundreds. Although they have been eggs for a while, they haven't turned into larvae. I moved them into one of Crystal's nests. So far they are huddled in the entrance. These also have a couple reproductives. Not sure if they have males, females, or both...

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Colony 2: (1 queen colony) this colonies larvae turned into pupae a while ago, and are currently enclosing. They too are in one of Crystal's formicariums.

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Finally, the colony I let go. I let this colony go a couple weeks ago. They had around a hundred workers, a few queens, and a large amount of pupae. Today I saw them moving into a crack in the concrete by my garage door. Since that small amount of time when I let them go, they already have lots of workers, and lots of reproductive brood.

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#9 Offline drtrmiller - Posted May 15 2015 - 6:16 PM

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Cool little nest.  Is that one of Crystal's, or did you make it yourself?



#10 Offline Ants4fun - Posted May 15 2015 - 6:18 PM

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#11 Offline drtrmiller - Posted May 15 2015 - 6:20 PM

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I knew it looked familiar.  She makes some nice ones :~)



#12 Offline William. T - Posted May 15 2015 - 6:29 PM

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Update: Colony number 1(9 queen colony) this colony has lots of eggs, hundreds. Although they have been eggs for a while, they haven't turned into larvae. I moved them into one of Crystal's nests. So far they are huddled in the entrance. These also have a couple reproductives. Not sure if they have males, females, or both...

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Colony 2: (1 queen colony) this colonies larvae turned into pupae a while ago, and are currently enclosing. They too are in one of Crystal's formicariums.

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Finally, the colony I let go. I let this colony go a couple weeks ago. They had around a hundred workers, a few queens, and a large amount of pupae. Today I saw them moving into a crack in the concrete by my garage door. Since that small amount of time when I let them go, they already have lots of workers, and lots of reproductive brood.

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Yeah, few queen colonies are hard to sustain. Capture more queens and workers to boost the colony, as they accept many queens and workers. The queen gets done in by the stress of egg laying. The eggs of this species is huge compared the gaster of the queen. That reminds me... must raid a T. Sessile nest for queens and workers!


Species I keep:

 

1 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 15 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

1 T. Sessile 200 workers

 


#13 Offline Ants4fun - Posted May 15 2015 - 6:42 PM

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My colonies don't accept any other workers/queens. I tried a couple times though.



#14 Offline Ants4fun - Posted July 12 2015 - 12:27 PM

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I let all my colonies go after the brood was not developing.



#15 Offline Myrmicinae - Posted July 15 2015 - 12:36 PM

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I let all my colonies go after the brood was not developing.

 

I can't understand how this could be so common to see for everyone keeping T. sessile, despite widely varying captive diets and conditions.  In the wild, they seem to reproduce very rapidly.  Ugh.  Confusing.  :hmm:


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