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Leo's pheidole capellini

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#1 Offline Leo - Posted March 16 2017 - 4:24 AM

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well both my colonies, too lazy to update 2 journals at the same time  :D

they seem to prefer live prey. LOTS LOTS LOTS MORE brood

 

H venator they were ordered with my odontomachus here some pics


Edited by Leo, August 17 2017 - 11:56 PM.

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#2 Offline Leo - Posted March 29 2017 - 4:49 AM

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okey dokey, news time. Harpenthagos decided to kamikaze the odontomachus because i accidentally left their lid open. 3 workers survived  :*( (of harpenthagos)

pheidole have lots of brood, a few major pupae and larvae also a MAYBE alate larvae :yahoo:  



#3 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted March 29 2017 - 8:16 AM

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Yeah, my Pheidole pallidula have hit alates as well.


Keeper of...

(2) Parakeets
(2) Peppered Corydoras
(4) Neon Tetras
(1) Hermit Crab
(100-300) Mealworms
(1) Tetramorium sp. E
(1) Dormymyrmex bicolor
(1) Dormymyrmex insanus
(1) Solenopsis invicta
(1) Formica fusca
(1) Lasius neoniger
(1) Crematogaster cerasi
(1) Myrmecosystus testacus

#4 Offline Leo - Posted April 17 2017 - 12:27 AM

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pic of pheidole

 



#5 Offline Leo - Posted April 20 2017 - 4:28 PM

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not much to update


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#6 Offline Leo - Posted May 11 2017 - 4:12 AM

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much more brood from the pheidole



#7 Offline Barristan - Posted May 11 2017 - 6:43 AM

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Nice colony and pictures makes me feel to want to start with a Pheidole colony again.



#8 Offline Leo - Posted May 13 2017 - 4:13 PM

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they just had a civil war where 20% of the colony died off  :*(



#9 Offline Leo - Posted May 13 2017 - 4:33 PM

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why???



#10 Offline Leo - Posted May 17 2017 - 8:51 PM

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i moved them into a new formicarium, they have already filled 7/10 of it after all the recent brood enclosed  :o



#11 Offline Leo - Posted July 15 2017 - 5:40 AM

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Questions:

 

1. why do they seem to die off in large amounts every once in a while? They produce lots of brood though.

 

2. what should I name them?



#12 Offline Kanye2020 - Posted July 22 2017 - 5:03 PM

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Is that a custom ant nest if so good job. A good name for them would be The Union. Since you say that they had a civil war


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#13 Offline Leo - Posted August 17 2017 - 11:57 PM

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they have moved into a new acrylic nest, much better view


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#14 Offline Leo - Posted September 27 2017 - 5:38 AM

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Update:

 

They have a lot of brood and quite a few larvae they enjoy crickets over mealworms, I also FINALLY got the chance to take pictures of them in their new nest.

 


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#15 Offline Leo - Posted October 28 2017 - 11:49 PM

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29/10/17

 

The pheidole capellini just die off in batches every month or so, balancing themselves out. Not too sure if that is good or bad, still 300-400 workers and 4 queens.

 

During an anting trip with my BFF, I caught a 5-queen 100 worker colony of of forest pheidole, the refused to lay eggs but have finally settled down In a box of dirt and are now happily eating. :)



#16 Offline Leo - Posted December 14 2017 - 4:10 PM

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15/12/17

 

I gave the originals away for $400 because they weren't producing anything.

 

On the other hand, my forest pheidole are now "free range" they have a small hole in their lid, workers can pass, majors and queens can't. They clean up the dead crickets and drink leftover honey. One of my favorite colonies.



#17 Offline Hunter - Posted December 14 2017 - 4:17 PM

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females must love that big head



#18 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted December 15 2017 - 7:21 PM

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I think the die-offs are normal since the workers all hatch in groups, it would make sense for them to die at the same time at once. Cool colony, always wanted to keep pheidole!

Current colonies-

 

- 2 Camponotus chromaoides(1 colony has 4 workers, other 1 worker) 

- 1 Tetramorium immigrans colony(7 workers)

- 1 Aphaenogaster sp. queen(founding colony)

- 2 Lasius claviger queens with host workers. They don't seem to be doing well and workers are dying off :( 

- And a whole lot of Crematogaster queens

 

Species checklist(ants found so far)-

- Aphaenogaster teneseensis

- Aphaenogaster picea

- Aphaenogaster sp.

- Brachymyrmex patagonicus

- Camponotus castaneus

- Camponotus chromaoides

- Camponotus nearcticus

- Camponotus pennsylvanicus

- Camponotus subbarbatus

- Colobopsis impressus(dead queen... :*(

- Crematogaster sp.

- Formica pallidefulva

- Formica sanguinea

- Formica subsericea

- Hypoponera sp.

- Lasius claviger

- Lasius umbratus

- Lasius neoniger

- Lasius sp.

- Monomorium minimum

- Myrmica sp.

- Nylanderia flavipes

- Pheidole morrisi

- Pheidole bicarinata

- Pheidole dentata(all pheidole found were workers only :( )

- Ponera pennsylvanica

- Prenolepis imparis

- Strumigenys rostrate

‚Äč- Stigmatomma pallipes :dance2:  :dance: 

- Tetramorium immigrans

- Tapinoma sessile

 

Queens/colonies to Look for-

- Pheidole

- Trachymyrmex septentrionalis

- Polyergus

- Dolichoderus

- Myrmica

- Stigmatomma pallipes


#19 Offline Penguin - Posted December 15 2017 - 7:36 PM

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females must love that big head

 

They are all females, and males have tiny heads and then they die after nuptial flight so they can't really be admired  :headbang:  :tongue2:


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