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Dspdrew's Hypoponera sp.1 Journal [226] (Discontinued)

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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 16 2015 - 9:04 AM

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7-16-2015

 

I found nine of these tiny Hypoponera sp. queens on my black light 7-12-2015 in Trabuco Canyon, CA.

 

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I put them in four test tubes--three groups of two, and one group of three. So far half of them have removed their wings and a couple of them have died. None of them have laid any eggs yet.

 

I have tried keeping these before, and none of them have ever laid eggs. I hope one of these times I will get lucky.


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#2 Offline Jonathan21700 - Posted July 16 2015 - 11:19 AM

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Very hard to raise. They need substrate so I think you should put them in something like those antfarm boxes.



#3 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 16 2015 - 11:37 AM

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Hmm, I was wondering if I should try that. I just know I'll never be able to see them. I have a few vacant ones now, so I think I'll give it a try. I might design some for very small ants now that I'm 3D printing the insides.



#4 Offline Myrmicinae - Posted July 16 2015 - 2:48 PM

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In my experience, they are unable to walk well on glass, even a horizontal surface.  This seems to stress them out and might be part of the reason they won't survive without substrate.


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#5 Offline Ants4fun - Posted July 16 2015 - 5:01 PM

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Most likely similar to Ponera. They too cannot walk on glass. They thrived most in a Plaster or dirt nest. The only reason mine died was lack of humidity.

#6 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 17 2015 - 10:10 AM

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Update 7-17-2015

 

I moved two pairs into two extra ant farm boxes I had available. As for the other two test tubes, I just put some dirt in them.

 

I fed them some byFormica Formula 100, and they all seemed to really like it.

 

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#7 Offline Lamarr - Posted July 22 2015 - 1:54 AM

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Have they laid eggs yet? I would want to copy your method if it works. Semi-claustral queens have been difficult for me to raise.



#8 Offline Subverted - Posted July 22 2015 - 9:45 AM

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None of mine have laid any eggs...not sure if Drew is having better luck or not.


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#9 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 25 2015 - 3:06 AM

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Update 7-25-2015

 

These have all died.



#10 Offline Lamarr - Posted July 25 2015 - 2:29 PM

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Update 7-25-2015

 

These have all died.

My Brachyponera queen also died recently after not laying anything for few weeks as well...







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