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#181 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted July 26 2018 - 1:04 PM

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Well, if the Valentines are escaping that much, I'm not sure if I will be able to contain my Crematogaster colonies when they get workers... Also, I just caught a colony of Camponotus chromaiodes with around 80-100 workers and majors! They also have around 150 pupae!

lol. Well, the colony was totally manageable about 400 workers ago... their growth has been a little too fast, and that is what's hard to deal with. Maybe a moat would be a good way to keep them in?


                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#182 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 26 2018 - 5:34 PM

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Well, if the Valentines are escaping that much, I'm not sure if I will be able to contain my Crematogaster colonies when they get workers... Also, I just caught a colony of Camponotus chromaiodes with around 80-100 workers and majors! They also have around 150 pupae!

lol. Well, the colony was totally manageable about 400 workers ago... their growth has been a little too fast, and that is what's hard to deal with. Maybe a moat would be a good way to keep them in?
A moat would probably work. Make sure it is flowing though!
Keeper of: 1x red Pheidole, 2x Camponotus cf. vicinus, 2x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Apheanogaster sp., 1x Temenothorax sp., 1x Ponera sp., x3 Crematogaster sp.

#183 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 29 2018 - 4:14 PM

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I have a Monomorium minimum colony that I no longer want. Do you want it? I will trade/sell them.

pm if you are interested!

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, July 29 2018 - 4:38 PM.

Keeper of: 1x red Pheidole, 2x Camponotus cf. vicinus, 2x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Apheanogaster sp., 1x Temenothorax sp., 1x Ponera sp., x3 Crematogaster sp.

#184 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 6:14 AM

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The Solenopsis molesta queens have been doing great so far. They still have 20 queens!

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More pics of the Valentine's brood piles. They still keep most of their brood in this uppermost chamber.
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Some of the Colony's young larvae.

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                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#185 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted July 31 2018 - 7:19 AM

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Since I baked the dirt in the Abdo-Lemons terrarium I haven't really done anything with it. The colony has been doing good, but the tank was just bare and ugly. 

I've just now added a lot of things back to the tank. I didn't really care about the aesthetics of the terrarium, I just wanted it to be super natural. A lot of things were added to it, but especially leaf litter and sticks. Of course I added a lot of different organisms to the tank as well, including millipedes, springtails(finally managed to capture a bunch), isopods, and even two Stigmatomma pallipes queens. I'm hoping that finally the terrarium will be a loaded miniature ecosystem, because up to this point it had basically been a bucket of dirt.

 

I have a question though. Would it be a good idea to add the tube of Solenopsis molesta queens to the tank? If not, what about the Aphaenogaster fulva colony? I don't want to create an ant war, and I would like to know which species would be the most likely to not compete with the Abdo-Lemons.

 
One of the Stigmatomma pallipes  queens
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The Abdo-Lemons eating apple

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Edited by TennesseeAnts, July 31 2018 - 7:56 AM.

                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#186 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 1 2018 - 4:33 PM

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These are the new organisms introduced to the Abdo-Lemons terrarium. 

 

(for all you earwig lovers out there)

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This is an interesting little bug I found. I think they are called Pseudoscorpions.
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                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#187 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 1 2018 - 4:55 PM

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Just installed a piece of wood into the terrarium!

 

I think this terrarium is beautifully ugly. What do you think?

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                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#188 Offline EthanNgo678 - Posted August 1 2018 - 4:58 PM

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#189 Offline Canadian anter - Posted August 2 2018 - 5:13 AM

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That is not a queen


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#190 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 2 2018 - 5:19 AM

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That is not a queen

Your right, it isn't. I was mistaken about that one, it's a worker. The other ones could have been queens though, but I didn't get pics.


                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#191 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 2 2018 - 12:29 PM

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Sweet! I just checked up on the cockroaches and there are lots of springtails! I guess that is a good thing, because there has been a little mold coming up. 

It seems that every time I look in their setup there is one laying an ootheca. There is a lot of little roaches now. 

I've been feeding them apples and dead grasshoppers, much the same diet as my ants.


Edited by TennesseeAnts, August 2 2018 - 12:29 PM.

                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#192 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 6 2018 - 1:39 PM

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I've moved the Moss Monsters in with the Abdo-Lemons(hoping I made a good choice). I first tested the two colonies reactions to each other by putting an Abdo-Lemon into the Moss Monsters mossy little terrarium. They were a little aggressive at first, but then the Moss Monsters all vanished back into their nest. They were definitely very scared of the one Abdo-Lemon. Any agreesion afterwards was just a little mandible locking, followed by both ants running away as fast as possible. After this little test I just decided to go with it, and I stuck the Moss Monster's setup inside of the Abdo-Lemon's terrarium(on it's side), and scraped away the barrier. At first I was kinda worried I had made a mistake because they were more aggressive than I thought they would be, but things settled down. All of this was a few days ago, and as of this morning the Moss Monsters finally moved in. They decided to nest under a second piece of hollowed wood that I had placed in. I haven't seen much of them and don't count on them doing much foraging with so many Abdo-Lemons around. Maybe they'll come out more at night.

 

The whole tank now.

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Where the Moss Monsters are nesting.

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An unidentified queen I caught yesterday, it is really small.

Edit: it is Myrmecina

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A Strumigenys colony I caught yesterday. Really pumped about this colony because I'm hoping to catch A Stigmatomma colony also, and make a cryptic ant terrarium.

(I tried my best with this pic, they are the size of dust)

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The current state of the Valentines.

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And finally, a male and female cricket.

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Edited by TennesseeAnts, August 6 2018 - 4:39 PM.

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                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#193 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 7 2018 - 6:25 AM

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I've made a little terrarium for the Strumigenys colony using the dirt from my cockroach farm. I think it will be good for them because my cockroach farm soil was LOADED with springtails. They haven't entirely moved in yet, but I did get some pics of some of the colony. It looks like some of their larvae may be alate larvae?

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Edited by TennesseeAnts, August 7 2018 - 6:25 AM.

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                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#194 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 7 2018 - 7:17 AM

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I've made a little terrarium for the Strumigenys colony using the dirt from my cockroach farm. I think it will be good for them because my cockroach farm soil was LOADED with springtails. They haven't entirely moved in yet, but I did get some pics of some of the colony. It looks like some of their larvae may be alate larvae?

OMG! THAT IS WHAT I FOUND IN THE PECAN I OPENED! They were so tiny I couldn't ID them! I released them after the queen died. I am definitely going to find more!

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, August 7 2018 - 7:19 AM.

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#195 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 7 2018 - 7:20 AM

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So why do Strumigenys have such elongated mandibles?
Keeper of: 1x red Pheidole, 2x Camponotus cf. vicinus, 2x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Apheanogaster sp., 1x Temenothorax sp., 1x Ponera sp., x3 Crematogaster sp.

#196 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 7 2018 - 10:18 AM

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So why do Strumigenys have such elongated mandibles?

Not really sure. But they sure do look cool.


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                                         Keeper Of
 
     1 Huge Formica pallidefulva Colony (The Abdo-Lemons)
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
 
       1 Aphaenogaster lamellidens Colony (The Moss Monsters)

               

       1 Strumigenys colony 

 

       1 Myrmecina americana queen

 

       Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 


#197 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 7 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Are they a type of trap-jaw ant?
Keeper of: 1x red Pheidole, 2x Camponotus cf. vicinus, 2x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Apheanogaster sp., 1x Temenothorax sp., 1x Ponera sp., x3 Crematogaster sp.




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