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TennesseeAnt's ant journals(updated 10/07/2017)

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#1 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted September 15 2017 - 4:24 PM

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I have decided to group all of my journals together into one, better late than never. As a quick overview I have: Formica pallidefulva(Abdo-lemons), Formica subsericea, and Crematogaster ashmeadi. 

Also as an update on my Formica subsericea, nearly all of the pupae have eclosed and the colony is way larger now. This queen has had a very successful first year, there are 15-18 nanintics and still more pupae!

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#2 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted September 16 2017 - 6:30 AM

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Update:

Caught two Large Crematogaster queens. I can't make heads or tails of what species they are, or the species of my young colony, because they all look the same, except for size. I'm sure that they are a different species than my young colony, so I'll keep them. I think I'll boost them both with brood of the colonies that live around here, even if they aren't the exact same species.



#3 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted September 18 2017 - 6:31 AM

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Update:

While anting I found another Crematogaster cerasi queen in her founding chamber, this is now my third queen of this species I've caught this week and she has laid eggs in her test tube. The others seem to be waiting till after hibernation to lay eggs.



#4 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted September 22 2017 - 1:39 PM

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I caught this little mantis nymph the other day and put it in the Abdo-lemons tank to be a tank mate :D

The Abdo-lemons themselves are becoming pretty inactive due to hibernation coming up, despite the fact that it is nowhere near cold. My F.subsericea are doing awesome as well, and also are my Crematogaster ashmeadi.

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#5 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted September 30 2017 - 7:18 AM

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These pics are a few days old, just posting to give an idea of how large the colonies are now
Still nothing from the Abdo-lemons, they have completely closed off their nest and never come up. Hibernation is really creeping up I guess. 
The Crematogaster workers are getting very large as each new generation ecloses, I'm beginning to think the queen might be a small one for her species, the workers are unproportionally large
This pic does not show all the workers, at least ten are out of the pic
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#6 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted October 2 2017 - 10:21 AM

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Update on Crematogaster colony

A lot of workers have eclosed since last update, and now there are a lot of the larger ones as opposed to the nanitics. The brood pile is still growing and they show no signs of slowing down for hibernation. I've hooked them up to a cute little outworld and took them out of the bucket they were sitting in. Connectimyrmex has kindly given me the name for this colony: Valentine Soldiers, thank you Connectimyrmex.

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Edited by TennesseeAnts, October 2 2017 - 10:21 AM.

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#7 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted October 2 2017 - 12:44 PM

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No problem! :D


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#8 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted October 7 2017 - 5:34 PM

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It turns out the Abdo-lemons wanted to forage one last time before hibernation. Yesterday they opened up their nest with a huge hole and ate two large crickets :D

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#9 Offline Chicken_eater100 - Posted October 19 2017 - 5:12 PM

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Who the heck is abdo-lemons?

#10 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted October 19 2017 - 5:14 PM

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Who the heck is abdo-lemons?

That is the name of my yellow Formica colony. I named them that because their Abdomens look like lemons. Sorry if you don't like my humor, it was the first thing that came to my mind.



#11 Offline Chicken_eater100 - Posted October 19 2017 - 5:16 PM

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Oh, I thought it was the snail. It pretty funny once you get the joke.

#12 Online TennesseeAnts - Posted October 19 2017 - 5:19 PM

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Oh, I thought it was the snail. It pretty funny once you get the joke.

Ya, that snail kinda photobombed :ugone2far:







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