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.
This is the first major pupa the colony got, when they had around 20 workers at the end of September.
The first major worker.
The colony moved out of their test tube and into their first formicarium, the 3" Inception Chamber by Tar Heel Ants.
They had around 70-80 workers during this time.
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.
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.
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.
Edited by Aaron567, July 7 2017 - 12:56 PM.