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#61 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 3 2018 - 2:51 PM

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Nice! So you’re not hibernating them? Are you heating them, too?

In the past when I've tried to hibernate them, they stay active, so I'm not going to hibernate them. No, they aren't being heated at the moment but I might get them a heating cable soon.



#62 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 19 2018 - 6:30 AM

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I just added a heating cable to their setup, and they seem to like it. There's always a few ants in the room just sitting around and warming up. They then return to the queen and/or brood chambers. I think they might do this to carry heat with them to warm the brood and queen.

 

I've started feeding them some waxworm pupae, which they love. Only 24-48 hours after I place it in, it's completely hollowed out. They usually leave a few leftovers on most insects, so they must really like them.


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#63 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 19 2018 - 7:14 AM

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Any chance you could post a photo of how you set up your cable?

My two Tetra colonies finally gave up and are hibernating, which is kind of a relief.

I have an idea of turning my downstairs bathroom into an ant room by running a space heater down there. It's pretty easy to crank it up to 80deg. like that. I wonder if that is kind of a wasteful way to heat, though?


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#64 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 31 2018 - 8:16 AM

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They have a ton of brood at the moment (mostly larvae). They love waxworm pupae. They hollow the whole thing out in a day.

 

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#65 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 7 2019 - 6:00 PM

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They have a ton of brood at the moment, mostly large larvae. They should pupate any day now. The queen also just laid a new really large batch of eggs. Looks like there's a big population boom coming.


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#66 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 20 2019 - 1:37 PM

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#67 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 27 2019 - 6:08 AM

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I just sold my one remaining polygyne colony.

#68 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 1 2019 - 6:18 AM

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#69 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 7 2019 - 5:35 AM

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About half the colony and brood have moved into the test tube I had attached to the other end of the outworld for emergency hydration in case I forgot to water the nest or something. There's nothing wrong with the nest that I can see. The queens still in the original nest. I'm not worried, it's just strange.

#70 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 7 2019 - 2:16 PM

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And now they've all moved back.
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#71 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 7 2019 - 3:00 PM

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How many workers do you think?
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#72 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 7 2019 - 3:47 PM

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Like 300 about. But they're about to hit a growth spurt.
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#73 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 7 2019 - 3:52 PM

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Ok, so in a week they will be at 600? Man I wish mine lived through hibernation!
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#74 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 7 2019 - 7:05 PM

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All of mine died. Sold 3, all others I froze.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
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1x Mrymecocytus navajo
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1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#75 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 7 2019 - 7:16 PM

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Ok, so in a week they will be at 600?

well, I hope so, but maybe not quite that fast. but definitely in under a month. they have about 150-200 large larvae and pupae, and lots of eggs. I've upped their feeding schedule to a cricket a day plus a sunburst feeder in the outworld 24/7. They pile all their brood right on top of the heating cable.


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#76 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 7 2019 - 8:19 PM

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Nice! These sometimes take to seeds, and apple slices are good too. They also like dubia roaches.
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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#77 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 8 2019 - 5:23 AM

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I do give them seeds occasionally, and I wish I could raise dubias as feeders but my parents won't let me  : /


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#78 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 8 2019 - 5:27 AM

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I wish I could raise dubias as feeders but my parents won't let me  : /

If you lived in Tennessee, you could go catch huge 4 inch long forest roaches inside logs!
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#79 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 8 2019 - 6:10 AM

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that would be awesome. 



#80 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 8 2019 - 6:21 AM

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Feeds ants for weeks! Gotta freeze the meat you don't use though. Meat flies are everywhere here...
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My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 






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