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Dspdrew's Liometopum occidentale Journal [38] (Updated 8-24-2019)

Liometopum occidentale Dspdrew journal

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#141 Online dspdrew - Posted January 13 2019 - 10:57 AM

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Update 1-13-2019

Both colonies are dead.



#142 Offline Thebrute99 - Posted January 17 2019 - 11:01 PM

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Do you know what happened

#143 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted June 17 2019 - 7:42 PM

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Have you ever tried putting multiple queens together?



#144 Online dspdrew - Posted June 18 2019 - 12:56 AM

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No, they are not polygyne.



#145 Online dspdrew - Posted July 13 2019 - 2:39 AM

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Update 7-13-2019

I found a few more of these queens in Trabuco Canyon on June 9th.
 
Two days later all but one removed their wings.
 
I found another one of these in Trabuco Canyon on June 30th.
 
A couple days ago the three colonies I had left from the first night got their first workers, but one of the queens died.
 
Last night (July 12th) I found another two in Trabuco Canyon again. It's weird to find these this late in the year, but with the freezing cold weather we have been having, I guess I'm not surprised.
 
I'll be moving all of the ones with workers into small Starter formicariums.

#146 Offline FSTP - Posted July 13 2019 - 5:14 AM

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when you find them are they just meandering around? or are you digging them up ? I want to try and get some and I know where some colonies are but I"ve never seen any queens.


There are videos of my ants here: https://www.youtube....bN5yYK2KWXA0vQ?


#147 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 13 2019 - 6:31 AM

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Did you mean, last night as in the 12th, and not the 13th?

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.


#148 Online dspdrew - Posted July 22 2019 - 1:42 AM

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Update 7-22-2019

The last two queens I found both ended up dying of parasitic fly larvae. That explains why they were still running around this late in the year.


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#149 Online dspdrew - Posted August 4 2019 - 12:29 PM

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when you find them are they just meandering around? or are you digging them up ? I want to try and get some and I know where some colonies are but I"ve never seen any queens.

 

They usually land on the ground around my black light.



#150 Online dspdrew - Posted August 4 2019 - 12:32 PM

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Update 8-4-2019

I went a little too long between feedings with these, so one of them is not doing well at all--most of the workers died. The other two I moved into starter formicariums. Of those two, one is doing okay, but a lot of the workers have died. The last is doing really well, with lots of workers.



#151 Online dspdrew - Posted August 24 2019 - 3:20 AM

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Update 8-24-2019

Well, I just found two more of these again in Trabuco Canyon a couple days ago. Now it's very late in the season for these to fly, but both of them removed their wings and laid eggs, so it looks like they are probably fertile. There has been no real changes to the other colonies.







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