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Dspdrew's Pogonomyrmex magnacanthus Journal [215] (Updated 6-9-2019)

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#41 Offline sgheaton - Posted April 5 2017 - 6:46 AM

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So you don't know and base it solely on what you determine to be overcrowded.

 

Didn't want that answer because I don't trust my judgement skills with ants. What I'd probably consider overcrowded, I'd imagine others would say is "normal" for them to crawl over one another in tunnels. 

 

Edit:
Will workers start to get..testy.. with one another? Is that even a behavior of ants - to attack their own? 


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#42 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 5 2017 - 9:33 AM

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Will workers start to get..testy.. with one another? Is that even a behavior of ants - to attack their own? 

 
I don't think it happens that often, but I know it can. Ever read through my Acromyrmex versicolor journal? They had an epic civil war and killed off the majority of the colony.



#43 Offline sgheaton - Posted April 5 2017 - 10:13 AM

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I'm sure I looked at the pictures and skim-readed things when I came here a year ago. I've learned sooo much since then that I probably should re-read a lot of your journals. It's on my list. 

 

Heh..civil war...though that's exactly what it is huh. ..... though the actual pictures of the war are disgusting. Not..like..blurry mess..like....just look at all the body parts! I don't remember this so I'm going to assume I didn't read it, or if I did not very well. Real kicker is I probably made a reply on it. Dang. Really that's something else.. Very upsetting.. 

 

It looks like you can come across Acromyrmes Versicolor fairly easy though. I remember your...modular boxboxes. Like...the perfect....you essentially built them for fungus growing, yeah? Either way..I hope you get them up and going again with the simplest of ease and no problems. 


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#44 Offline KBant - Posted August 27 2017 - 11:14 PM

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update please!!! :) 



#45 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 2 2017 - 10:59 PM

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Update 10-2-2017
 
The large colony has well over 400 workers now and lots of brood. They have been consuming a lot of seeds, and like pretty much all Pogonomyrmex, almost anything I give them, no matter how disgusting. They're still in the large dirt box setup, and have dug small tunnels in every inch of it. I'm probably going to have to move them into something larger soon. Maybe when I do, I can give them the sand they live in naturally this time.

 

The small colony eventually died off completely.

 

I was recently given another colony by Retroman, which is now up to about 100 workers, with plenty brood. This colony is being kept in one of my small starter formicariums.


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#46 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 30 2017 - 4:04 AM

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Update 11-30-2017
 
Sadly, the queen of the smaller colony died.

 

The large colony is still doing great and only getting larger.



#47 Offline AntsCalifornia - Posted December 4 2017 - 9:37 PM

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I'd like to see the tunnels, can you put up a picture?



#48 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 4 2017 - 9:48 PM

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I'd like to see the tunnels, can you put up a picture?

 

Sure, I'll get a picture.



#49 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted June 22 2018 - 3:02 PM

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Update?

#50 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 24 2018 - 8:20 AM

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I don't have time right now, but nothing has changed really except the colony has probably gotten larger. I'll post that picture that AntsCalifornia requested the next time I update this.


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#51 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 8 2019 - 11:04 PM

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Update 6-9-2019
 
Found a bunch more of these queens running around east of Twentynine Palms, CA, near the 62 &177 highway junction about a week ago.

 

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#52 Offline Acutus - Posted June 9 2019 - 6:49 AM

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Drew what photography setup do you have to get such nice pics? These look really good! :D


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#53 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 9 2019 - 11:10 AM

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Drew what photography setup do you have to get such nice pics? These look really good! :D

 

Thanks. It's just a Sony A6300 with extension tubes.


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#54 Offline Somethinghmm - Posted June 12 2019 - 10:41 AM

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How large are these queens? I found an incredibly small Pogonomyrmex queen that I'm thinking might be this







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