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Alza's Linepithema Humile ( Argentine Legion Ants )


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#1 Offline Alza - Posted September 25 2014 - 6:31 PM

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I originally had one queen, and gave her 8 workers to start off with, then they got three other queens. The colonies production of eggs is crazy! they have huge balls that are at least  3mm long in the first day! I've been feeding them sugar water and nothing else. Also i need to name each one of the queens, any suggestions ? :D



#2 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 25 2014 - 6:55 PM

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Nice, these grow insanely fast, like you see with all the eggs, and the brood develop fast as well, keep them off the heating cable to avoid being overrun by these things! :D



#3 Offline Alza - Posted September 25 2014 - 6:58 PM

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should i be feeding them protein ? and i think i now know how their are so many in my backyard...



#4 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 25 2014 - 7:50 PM

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I give faster growing species such as my Solenopsis xyloni a water source, a sugar source, a very large source of protein, and a starch source.



#5 Offline Alza - Posted September 25 2014 - 8:12 PM

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Update - they have a new ball of eggs. nothing besides that has really happened 



#6 Offline Crystals - Posted September 26 2014 - 6:24 AM

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Are you currently housing them in a test tube?  Make plans on needing a second formicarium in a month or so, or you can simply put the test tube into an outworld and add several additional test tubes.

Like this:

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I am working on another formicarium design that works well with smaller ants that multiply fast. It is very easy to make. I will post a how-to-build thread once I know it works well (My Tapinoma sessile seem impressed with it).

 

As for name suggestions, what about picking names that start with "L" for Linepithema.  Such as Luna, Laila, Lacey, Lilian, or Lassie.

I don't really give my queens actual names, they tend to get "descriptive names" such as "big red", "flighty fusca", or a 2-3 word description so I can keep them straight.  Although, how you are going to tell the 3 apart is beyond me, unless you mark them like the lab scientists do.


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#7 Offline Alza - Posted September 26 2014 - 6:52 AM

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I actually didn't think about marking them...whoops 

and I'm liking the name ideas, ill make sure to take some 


Edited by Alza, September 26 2014 - 6:53 AM.


#8 Offline Myrmicinae - Posted September 26 2014 - 2:24 PM

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These should be interesting, if you can manage to keep them contained. Did the colony produce those other queens on its own or did you just add them later on?
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#9 Offline Alza - Posted September 26 2014 - 2:34 PM

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i gave them the other queens 



#10 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 26 2014 - 2:37 PM

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These should be interesting, if you can manage to keep them contained. Did the colony produce those other queens on its own or did you just add them later on?

Wait, if the colony would have produced them, they would be infertile. Linepithema mate in captivity?



#11 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 26 2014 - 3:18 PM

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Yes, Linepithema Humile mate inside the nest as far as I know.



#12 Offline Alza - Posted September 26 2014 - 3:50 PM

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like army ants. Also I've tested to see if other ants could co-exist with them in captivity. they were peaceful towards xyloni workers but attacked the majors. The xyloni worker seemed aggresive towards them. I also tried Liometopum Luctuosum, which seems to act as the argentine ants major. They are just about the same color and just as fast as each other. there's a different side to argentine ants in captivity vs the wild.



#13 Offline Alza - Posted September 26 2014 - 6:00 PM

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for some reason two workers fought to the death when i put them under light... also there's some larvae and pupae already. Believe me if i could count them i would but at this rate(Atleast-50EggsPerHour) i don't think i can keep up



#14 Offline Crystals - Posted September 26 2014 - 6:54 PM

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I am very curious to see how this colony does a year down the road.


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#15 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 26 2014 - 9:04 PM

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Take pictures.



#16 Offline Alza - Posted September 26 2014 - 9:07 PM

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The dead worker that was killed was covered in eggs 



#17 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 26 2014 - 10:54 PM

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That is weird, maybe they are using it as an anchor or something, I see the same thing with my ants putting eggs onto remains or fruitflies. They use it to keep them from sliding off through the container.



#18 Offline Alza - Posted September 27 2014 - 11:49 AM

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They have eaten over half of there eggs... i didn't even know they could eat that much. Obviously something has gone wrong 



#19 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 27 2014 - 12:03 PM

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More protein is needed.



#20 Offline Alza - Posted September 27 2014 - 1:12 PM

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they are denying any protein, but 3 new workers today so far.






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