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Alza's Linepithema Humile ( Argentine Legion Ants )


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#21 Offline drtrmiller - Posted September 28 2014 - 6:24 AM

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You'll have a ton of eggs after they're taken from captivity, as their natural diet is extremely diverse and they're producing the eggs off their reserves.  The sugar solution is just keeping them on life support—they can't continue to output eggs at such a high rate without protein.  

 

As a nomadic species, a constantly warm habitat temperature and high RH are probably some of the more crucial elements to keeping them in captivity.

 

They would attack and carry small Drosophila back to the nest, but eventually grew tired of them.  Small crickets were hit or miss.  They seemed to have little interest in mealworms or waxworms.

 

I did have constant success when feeding Formula products in early development, but eventually released the colony on account of being inordinately busy.



#22 Offline Alza - Posted September 28 2014 - 7:18 AM

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Formula products ?



#23 Offline drtrmiller - Posted September 28 2014 - 9:33 AM

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#24 Offline Alza - Posted September 28 2014 - 10:34 AM

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The population has doubled, and i decided to give them chicken, but it doesent seem like they are interested 



#25 Offline Alza - Posted September 28 2014 - 9:06 PM

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The chicken is now gone... and the queens for some reason seem more active and are currently running in circles 



#26 Offline Crystals - Posted September 29 2014 - 6:07 AM

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I have heard many people talking of how many argentine ants are in their garbage can.

You could try saving tiny pieces of your meals and snacks and seeing if they like them.  Make a list of "likes" and "does not like" for future reference.


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#27 Offline Alza - Posted September 29 2014 - 5:25 PM

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in an attempt to move the argentine ants out of the test tube they escaped. Well atleast 6 of them did. there's atleast 20 left


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#28 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 29 2014 - 5:28 PM

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Six workers?



#29 Offline Alza - Posted September 29 2014 - 5:29 PM

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yea. i attempted to move them into the omni nest 



#30 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 29 2014 - 5:33 PM

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Workers do not really matter, they will have them back in a week or two.



#31 Offline dermy - Posted September 29 2014 - 6:19 PM

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Yeah but if they are queens you'd be in trouble.



#32 Offline Alza - Posted October 9 2014 - 6:21 PM

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Alright Update - i wake up to find the colony scrambling around. I decided i would feed them a fruit fly, and they ate it! i honestly didn't expect it to happen but, expect the unexpected!



#33 Offline Alza - Posted October 11 2014 - 11:22 PM

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They are still doing good, with an even larger egg pile then before. I'm impressed :)


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#34 Offline Alza - Posted November 1 2014 - 8:25 PM

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Update over time, they completely went into a time of dying and lost a queen. they were having a mass die off for an unknown reason! but they started eating more  sources of protein as the die off happened, and were eventually able to get it together again. there are now two queens and eight workers. 



#35 Offline drtrmiller - Posted November 1 2014 - 10:26 PM

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Likely far too few ants to re-establish this difficult-to-keep species in captivity, but good luck anyways.



#36 Offline Alza - Posted November 1 2014 - 10:40 PM

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I agree, and i thank you for your opinion. Then comes a time when i should get your opinion once more, should i add boost workers, or see if they can rebuild their empire alone ?



#37 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted November 1 2014 - 10:52 PM

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Add boost workers.



#38 Offline Alza - Posted November 1 2014 - 10:54 PM

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very well.



#39 Offline Alza - Posted December 14 2014 - 12:13 PM

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This colony has no future, as they are now left with just a queen, and two fruit flies from yesterday, when the last worker was still alive. :( the boost failed.



#40 Offline Foogoo - Posted December 14 2014 - 12:37 PM

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Got any pictures? They usually invade my house every summer I'm too busy killing them to try keeping any alive in a nest.


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