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Reevak's Solenopsis molesta Journal

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#1 Offline Reevak - Posted August 21 2017 - 4:18 AM

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So after a day of looking around for queen ants, I finally come home and go upstairs to my room to put the 1 queen I found in a test tube setup. Then, my 3 year old brother calls me from downstairs because he found an ant. So I go downstairs to humor him and it turns out that he found on of these queens. I take it and go back upstairs, then he calls again. Another queen. And then there were 2 more queens after that but one of them was injured beyond saving so I have 3 queens now. 

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If you look closely at one of the queens, then you'll see that she's holding a batch of eggs already. Only caught her about 3 days ago so its pretty good to see. I can't wait to see the nanitics in person. By the way, does anyone know how long it takes this species to go from egg to worker? 


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Prenolepis imparis (11)

Tetramorium sp.E (3)

Solenopsis molesta (20)

Formica sp. (2)
Aphaenogaster picea (1)

Lasius neoniger (9)

Lasius flavus (9)
Parasitic Lasius spp. (8)
Myrmica spp. (10)
Crematogaster sp. (1)

 

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#2 Offline Hikari - Posted August 28 2017 - 6:41 PM

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Grats on the queens. This is one of the few species that does well with multiples. This species is tiny, so I'd guess maybe a month or month and a half to get to first workers. Shouldn't take long. You'll need to have a very secure set-up, the workers are only about 1mm long, and can easily escape. They also drown in liquid foods easily, so soaking in cotton is advised. Good luck!



#3 Offline Reevak - Posted September 12 2017 - 5:46 PM

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No pictures because I don't have my macro on me, but the colony has larvae-pupae now. Additionally, they had another flight and I now have a tube with 10 queens (although I hear they fail with >8) and a tube with 6 queens.


Owner of:

Prenolepis imparis (11)

Tetramorium sp.E (3)

Solenopsis molesta (20)

Formica sp. (2)
Aphaenogaster picea (1)

Lasius neoniger (9)

Lasius flavus (9)
Parasitic Lasius spp. (8)
Myrmica spp. (10)
Crematogaster sp. (1)

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube....UID0H72zLDd_2sw






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