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www.byformica.com Brachymyrmex sp. GroTube XL Journal


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#1 Offline drtrmiller - Posted June 27 2015 - 7:48 PM

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I caught two queens on 6/12/15, per my flight observation, here.

 

I immediately put each in a GroTube XL.  They took a few days to settle in, but eventually started laying eggs less than a week later.

 

On 6/27, two weeks after introduction, I took the following photo with my cell phone and strap-on macro lens:

 

 

The brood is virtually microscopic.  They're tinier than the grains of sand, so the only way to observe them is with magnification.

 

The queen in the other GroTube has formed a miniscule barricade with loose substrate, and is unable to be seen, currently.  Both are somewhat more sensitive to light than I would like, but after the past few weeks, they are less sensitive now, since I leave them in a room which is dimly lit, 24/7.

 

 



#2 Offline kellakk - Posted June 27 2015 - 9:09 PM

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Why do you have it as Brachymyrmex sp.? Isn't B. patagonicus the only dark species in the US?


Current Species:
Novomessor cockerelli (2), Brachymyrmex patagonicus (1)Veromessor pergandei (1?), Dorymyrmex bureni (1)


#3 Offline drtrmiller - Posted June 27 2015 - 9:11 PM

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Probably, I just haven't taken time to ID workers.



#4 Offline Lamarr - Posted June 28 2015 - 6:01 PM

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I have this species as well and they indeed are very small for the human eye.



#5 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 11 2015 - 4:58 AM

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The first workers started eclosing yesterday, 30 days after introducing the queens to the GroTube XL.  I imagine developement took just over 3 weeks, considering how long it took the queens to get comfy in the nest.

 

 



#6 Offline HolycowIappeared - Posted July 14 2015 - 1:55 PM

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The first workers started eclosing yesterday, 30 days after introducing the queens to the GroTube XL.  I imagine developement took just over 3 weeks, considering how long it took the queens to get comfy in the nest.

 

 

It's been two months and a half and my brachy queens brood still hasn't pupated (though they are growing to a reasonable size). Don't know why the latency. ;_;



#7 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 14 2015 - 9:42 PM

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The temperature should be 26-30 C (80-85 F), and there should be sufficient humidity.

 

Development will stall if the temperature is too low or the brood dry out.



#8 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 15 2015 - 2:33 AM

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How do you maintain your temperature?



#9 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 15 2015 - 2:35 AM

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By blocking the central AC vent in a room in Georgia :~P

 

I've been talking and thinking of designing a transparent incubator box for ants for ages.  Maybe in a year or two I'll find the time to make it.



#10 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 15 2015 - 6:09 AM

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By blocking the central AC vent in a room in Georgia :~P

 

I've been talking and thinking of designing a transparent incubator box for ants for ages.  Maybe in a year or two I'll find the time to make it.

 

A lot of people need something like that. Heating the air around the test tube is the way to do it.



#11 Offline Tspivey16 - Posted July 15 2015 - 6:45 AM

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I have always wondered about something like this:

 

https://www.pricefal...CFUgWHwodlz4EGA


Current Colonies:

                               Aphaenogaster tennesseensis (50 Workers)

                               Formica subsericea (5+ Workers)

                               Tetramorium caespitum (50+ Workers)

                               Parastic Lasius (15 Accepted Host Workers)

                               Crematogaster cerasi (10 + Workers)

                               Temnothorax sp. (70 + workers)

 


#12 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 15 2015 - 6:47 AM

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That is probably as good or better than what I could do, and at about the same price.

 

Certainly if a solution exists in the marketplace already, it's probably not going to be something I pursue, and I had not yet seen this product.

 

Thanks.



#13 Offline Tspivey16 - Posted July 15 2015 - 6:49 AM

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I would be interested to know if anyone has had any experience with these


Current Colonies:

                               Aphaenogaster tennesseensis (50 Workers)

                               Formica subsericea (5+ Workers)

                               Tetramorium caespitum (50+ Workers)

                               Parastic Lasius (15 Accepted Host Workers)

                               Crematogaster cerasi (10 + Workers)

                               Temnothorax sp. (70 + workers)

 


#14 Offline drtrmiller - Posted July 15 2015 - 6:53 AM

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Actually, I may have spoken too soon.

 

Here it is on Amazon.com.

 

54 reviews, 50% of them 1-star reviews.  An average rating of 2.4 stars, out of 5.

 

Incredible what some companies can get away with.


Edited by drtrmiller, July 15 2015 - 6:53 AM.


#15 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 15 2015 - 7:01 AM

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Yeah, those are some terrible reviews. Some are kind of funny though.

 

"When opening the door, it can drop by 20 degrees".

 

I always love when people complain about physics.






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