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Dspdrew's Nylanderia vividula Journal [120] (Discontinued)

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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 18 2013 - 3:06 PM

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10-18-2013

 

I found this Nylanderia sp. queen wandering around under the bright florescent lights of a gas station in Indio, California, on September 13th 2013.

Original ID thread: http://forum.formicu...rnia-10-12-2013

 

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About two days later she started laying eggs.

 

On 10-10-2013 she had her first workers eclose, and that was when I realized she was Nylanderia.

 

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#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 29 2014 - 7:10 AM

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Update 15-29-2013

 

This colony grew to about 20 workers, and then slowly they started dying off until there were no workers left. Finally, a few days ago, the lone queen died too.



#3 Offline Alza - Posted September 5 2014 - 6:01 AM

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wow. are they rare ?



#4 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 5 2014 - 7:41 AM

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No, I have two.



#5 Offline Alza - Posted September 5 2014 - 2:52 PM

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well i have...


forget this



#6 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 5 2014 - 3:13 PM

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:lol: One of mine are about to get workers.

#7 Offline Alza - Posted September 5 2014 - 3:15 PM

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record it 



#8 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 5 2014 - 3:27 PM

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Once she gets workers. Them two are my sixth and seventh of the species, the others died- I have had bad luck with this species.

#9 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted November 11 2014 - 8:34 PM

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Going to recontinue this Drew? :)



#10 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted November 12 2014 - 5:25 PM

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This year I had problems keeping Prenolepis imparis, for some reason they all died.



#11 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 15 2014 - 12:19 AM

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Update 11-15-2014

 

I was given another colony of Nylanderia by Greg. The queen was found at the beginning of September. There's a good chance these are the same species I had before, either N. vividula, or N. magnella. Since I don't see anything that looks like dense pubescence on the scapes, or a square shaped head, and the queen of this new colony is only 4mm (the same as N. vividula), I'm pretty sure they're N. vividula.

 

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#12 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted November 15 2014 - 1:54 AM

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Glad to see they are doing okay! :)



#13 Offline James C. Trager - Posted November 15 2014 - 2:31 PM

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The shiny dorsum of the worker head says N. vividula to me, too. 
 

Keep us posted on how they do. I have found Nylanderia in general quite sensitive to desiccation, so take special care to avoid that. 


Edited by James C. Trager, November 15 2014 - 2:32 PM.


#14 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 13 2014 - 3:48 PM

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Update 12-13-2014

 

Their test tube got a bit nasty and started growing mold, so I forcefully moved them into a fresh one, eggs and all. :) They are up to nine workers now, and still have a nice little pile of brood.



#15 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted December 13 2014 - 5:31 PM

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Yay! Glad they are doing well. I had a bit of a mold problem in their tube before I gave them to you, but I swabbed it away.

#16 Offline dspdrew - Posted March 5 2015 - 2:29 PM

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Update 3-5-2015

 

The whole colony is dead.



#17 Offline Miles - Posted March 5 2015 - 3:00 PM

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Do you know why?


Hi, I'm Miles! I study ants, environmental science, political science, and science communication at Montana State University in Bozeman. I've been keeping ants for nearly a decade and I'm passionate about conservation and public service.

 

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#18 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted March 5 2015 - 3:28 PM

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:( That sucks...


Mine are not doing so well either...



#19 Offline dspdrew - Posted March 5 2015 - 9:25 PM

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Do you know why?

 

Nope. No idea.



#20 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted March 5 2015 - 10:01 PM

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How did it happen?







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