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Dspdrew's Pheidole gilvescens Journal [192] (Discontinued)

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#21 Online dspdrew - Posted April 18 2018 - 8:14 PM

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Update 4-18-2018
 

This colony is still doing really well. They are up to about 200 workers now, 11 of them being majors.

 

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These guys decided to stick a bunch of trash to their feeder, but luckily there's only so much they can fit on these feeders. At first I was wondering how these tiny ants got all those large cricket parts up there, until I saw one major dragging a whole cricket back to the nest all by itself.

 

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#22 Offline anttics - Posted April 19 2018 - 9:27 AM

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how big are the majors and minors?. I have never seen them in person.

#23 Online dspdrew - Posted April 19 2018 - 9:45 AM

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Majors are about 3 to 4 mm in length. Minors are about 2 mm.



#24 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 19 2018 - 2:47 PM

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How big is the queen?

 

Damn that is some small majors, I'm used to seeing much larger Pheidole majors around here


Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#25 Online dspdrew - Posted April 19 2018 - 7:05 PM

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The queen is about 5 to 6 mm.



#26 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 19 2018 - 9:52 PM

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The queen is about 5 to 6 mm.

 

Ok, my queens are around 7-9mm so that explains the size difference of the majors


Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#27 Online dspdrew - Posted April 20 2018 - 3:56 AM

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The queen is about 5 to 6 mm.

 
Ok, my queens are around 7-9mm so that explains the size difference of the majors

 

 
Yours are probably from one of the larger groups, like fallax. These are from the pilifera group, which are very small.



#28 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted April 20 2018 - 6:56 AM

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Do we in CA have any Pheidole from the fallax group? Only ones I have seen or kept have queens that Max out at about 4-5mm

#29 Online dspdrew - Posted April 20 2018 - 8:04 AM

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I know P. hyatti, P. vistana, and P. desertorum are fallax group.



#30 Online dspdrew - Posted January 13 2019 - 10:52 AM

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Update 1-13-2019
 

This colony is dead.







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