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Aaron's Pheidole obscurithorax Journal

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#1 Offline Aaron567 - Posted May 6 2017 - 8:55 PM

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This is a journal on my 10 month old Pheidole obscurithorax colony. Here are some pictures I have taken as they've grown.

 

July 1, 2016

 

I found the queen in the pool.

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August 2016

 

First nanitic.

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September 2016

 

This is the first major pupa the colony got, when they had around 20 workers at the end of September.

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October 2016

 

The first major worker.

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November 2016

 

The colony moved out of their test tube and into their first formicarium, the 3" Inception Chamber by Tar Heel Ants. 

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December 2016

 

They had around 70-80 workers during this time.

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January 2017

 

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April 2017

 

This is when I moved them out of their old Inception Chamber and into a new nest. They had 150-200 workers. Keep in mind that this colony would be much larger by now if I would've been heating them this whole time. I just started heating them a few weeks ago.

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This is a young major that is acting as a replete. With many Pheidole species, some of the majors in the colony may be repletes, just sitting on the walls of the nest with their gaster full of stored liquid food. My colony does this. They have around 30 majors now and almost half of them store food.

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May 2017

 

This colony is doing well since I have been heating them. Around February and March, they weren't growing much and were inactive and also not very excited about food anymore. Since I started heating them, this completely changed and now they are very active.

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Edited by Aaron567, July 7 2017 - 12:56 PM.

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My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Camponotus tortuganus

Camponotus sexguttatus

Camponotus planatus

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Tetramorium bicarinatum


#2 Offline Leo - Posted May 6 2017 - 9:31 PM

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nice colony



#3 Offline AntswerMe - Posted May 7 2017 - 7:42 AM

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Very nice indeed. I'm looking to get one of these queens myself. My last one never got to the worker stage.

#4 Offline Bracchymyrmex - Posted May 7 2017 - 9:07 AM

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Amazing photography. Also very inspiring to see the colony's progress over the last year.


  • Colonies or Queens available for adoption:

    • Camponotus pennsylvanicus (2x) 
    • Prenolepis imparis (6x) 
    • Crematogaster cf. cerasi (12x)
    • Brachymyrmex depilis (18x) 
    • Myrmica spp. (2x)
    • Pheidole bicarinata (1x)
    • Solenopsis molesta (10x)
    • Temnathorax curvispinosus (x15)
    • Temnathorax ambiguus (x10)
    • Forelius pruinosus (x3)
    • Myrmecina americana (x1)
    • Formica pallidefulva (x1)

#5 Offline Aaron567 - Posted July 7 2017 - 1:52 PM

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July 2017

 

This colony was becoming a little cramped in their nest and never really seemed to settle in the way I wanted them to. They were constantly moving into the outworld and tubing. Since I have recently released my Solenopsis invicta colony which was living in my Fortress Formicarium (Tar Heel Ants), I decided to clean the Fortress and move this Pheidole obscurithorax colony into it. 

 

There are now around 300 workers in this colony. I haven't been feeding them very much for the past month or so, so there is currently not much brood. After moving them into this nest yesterday, I spotted a couple hundred eggs and newly hatched larvae, which is a good sign. This species has an interesting way of accepting food. When I put food in their outworld, they always pick it up and move the food into the nest to eat it instead of eating it in the outworld.

 

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You can see the queen in this picture.

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Edited by Aaron567, July 7 2017 - 1:55 PM.

My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Camponotus tortuganus

Camponotus sexguttatus

Camponotus planatus

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Tetramorium bicarinatum


#6 Offline Bracchymyrmex - Posted October 5 2017 - 12:32 PM

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Any updates on this colony?


  • Colonies or Queens available for adoption:

    • Camponotus pennsylvanicus (2x) 
    • Prenolepis imparis (6x) 
    • Crematogaster cf. cerasi (12x)
    • Brachymyrmex depilis (18x) 
    • Myrmica spp. (2x)
    • Pheidole bicarinata (1x)
    • Solenopsis molesta (10x)
    • Temnathorax curvispinosus (x15)
    • Temnathorax ambiguus (x10)
    • Forelius pruinosus (x3)
    • Myrmecina americana (x1)
    • Formica pallidefulva (x1)





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