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Aaron's Temnothorax curvispinosus Journal (Updated 7/1/19)


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#1 Offline Aaron567 - Posted May 19 2017 - 11:02 PM

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A few days ago, on May 15, I caught three Temnothorax curvispinosus queens at my blacklight (along with Camponotus, Colobopsis, Brachymyrmex, Pheidole, and Odontomachus) and all three have taken off their wings. These Temnothorax queens are 4 millimeters.

 

I just checked on them today, and one of the three queens has laid eggs. The eggs are a lot larger than I expected, being from such a small queen. There are only 3 eggs. The queen can probably only hold very few eggs in her gaster at a time since the eggs are so large, which likely relates to how small mature Temnothorax colonies are.

 

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#2 Offline Nathant2131 - Posted June 4 2017 - 4:24 AM

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Wow, I wonder why the eggs are so big!

 

This is one of my dream species to keep. Good luck!


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#3 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 5 2017 - 10:52 AM

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This queen has some larvae now.

 

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#4 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 11 2017 - 9:20 AM

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Now she only has larvae. I think she chose 4 larvae to raise as nanitics and just ate the other eggs, which is probably typical with this species. She laid around 8 eggs at most.

 

It looks like the largest larva doesn't have much growing to do before it pupates. I can't wait to see what the nanitics look like! I have never seen what Temnothorax workers look like in real life as I was not aware I had this species in my area until I caught these queens.

 

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#5 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 17 2017 - 5:58 PM

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First pupa!

 

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#6 Offline Bracchymyrmex - Posted June 29 2017 - 1:11 PM

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Do you have workers yet?



#7 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 29 2017 - 1:18 PM

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Do you have workers yet?

 

Not quite yet. There are three pupae now and they are taking a while to hatch.



#8 Offline Aaron567 - Posted July 7 2017 - 12:31 PM

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July 6, 2017

 

Yesterday morning, the queen was starting to help her first worker eclose from its pupa.

 

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By yesterday afternoon, the first worker was completely eclosed! This nanitic is quite tiny, at about 1.3mm in length.

 

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#9 Offline VoidElecent - Posted July 7 2017 - 12:36 PM

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So freaking cute.



#10 Offline ultraex2 - Posted July 7 2017 - 1:16 PM

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Awesome, congrats!



#11 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted October 1 2017 - 5:31 PM

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How is this colony doing?

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#12 Offline Aaron567 - Posted October 2 2017 - 3:27 PM

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How is this colony doing?

 

They died. The queen was not really laying eggs and they just had one larva for a while. Four workers was the most they ever had. 

 

Next year I will be sure to combine multiple queens together, this way more eggs will be laid and it won't be as difficult to get a colony started.


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#13 Offline Nathant2131 - Posted October 2 2017 - 3:39 PM

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How is this colony doing?

 

They died. The queen was not really laying eggs and they just had one larva for a while. Four workers was the most they ever had. 

 

Next year I will be sure to combine multiple queens together, this way more eggs will be laid and it won't be as difficult to get a colony started.

 

Too bad :(



#14 Offline noebl1 - Posted October 2 2017 - 5:17 PM

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How is this colony doing?

 

They died. The queen was not really laying eggs and they just had one larva for a while. Four workers was the most they ever had. 

 

Next year I will be sure to combine multiple queens together, this way more eggs will be laid and it won't be as difficult to get a colony started.

 

 

I had the same problem last year; I caught one queen, she had a handful of workers, she didn't re-lay and slowly died off for a few reasons (most being my ignorance and mistakes.)  They are some of the quickest from new queen to workers eclosing of the small ants I've kept so far.

 

This season I kept 3-4 per tube (except for one where I lost a couple), and so far so good.  There is a bit of skew, as the test tubes have been treated fairly equally, but some indeed have more workers and larger brood piles than others.  I'll see how they do during hibernation this time around. 

 

When I was researching Temnothorax a bit, I read a paper somewhere that they believe many try to join into an existing colony if possible.  Wish I had the source unfortunately.  In the wild they freely move between colonies; both queens and workers.  



#15 Offline Aaron567 - Posted May 25 2019 - 6:31 PM

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May 25, 2019

 

Last night (May 24) I found 3 winged Temnothorax curvispinosus queens at my black light. All three have since shed their wings and I have two of them together and one by herself. In 2017 I made the mistake of separating all queens and I didn't get any successful colonies out of it because of how non-prolific they are. Combining multiple queens should make it a lot easier for them to grow.

 

Last year I did not find any T. curvispinosus at all, so it's been a while.

 

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#16 Offline Acutus - Posted May 25 2019 - 6:56 PM

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Nice! Good looking Ants! (y)


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Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#17 Offline NickAnter - Posted May 25 2019 - 7:05 PM

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Hopefully they will be successful this year!
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Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens: Brachymyrmex patagonicus, Solenopsis xyloni, Lasius cf. niger, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. caguatan, Formica argentea, Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Myrmica cf. tahoensis.

#18 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 26 2019 - 7:21 AM

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Good luck, I love this species!
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#19 Offline ForestDragon - Posted May 26 2019 - 10:44 AM

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Gl aaron i wish ya luck on this one



#20 Offline Aaron567 - Posted July 1 2019 - 11:21 AM

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July 1, 2019

 

First nanitics. These workers are about 2 millimeters long; definitely larger than the nanitics I was getting from my single queens in 2017. Perhaps something to do with having multiple queens and more fat storage. I gave them some sugar water and they drank it up. Third worker will be hatching soon and there are four larvae.

 

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