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Mettcollsuss's Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

journal aphaenogaster aphaenogaster rudis aphaenogaster cf. rudis ant keeping

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#21 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 22 2018 - 6:01 PM

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So a callow worker just eclosed to replace the dead one. The colony is back to twelve workers, like the whole disaster never happened.


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#22 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 25 2018 - 5:38 AM

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Worker count up to 14.


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#23 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 28 2018 - 5:57 AM

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Continuing to grow steadily. The queen is always pumping out more eggs, the brood is developing nicely, new workers are eclosing each day. I can't count them anymore, but I'm estimating their numbers are now somewhere in the mid to upper teens. They are big enough that colony-like behaviors are starting o surface.

 

I've noticed that these ants aren't really ones for sweets. They ignore any honey or sugar water I give them. They are, however, the most protein-hungry colony I've ever kept. They devour every insect I give them within an hour. Despite seemingly not eating their sweets, they seem to have a lot of energy. These ants are also quite the cotton-pullers.

 

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#24 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted January 31 2018 - 4:52 PM

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Nice!
My A. rudis colony just died :(
They were the first Aphaeno colony that I ever kept that accepted honey.


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#25 Offline noebl1 - Posted January 31 2018 - 4:58 PM

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Nice!
My A. rudis colony just died :(
They were the first Aphaeno colony that I ever kept that accepted honey.

 

Really sorry to hear that :(


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#26 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted January 31 2018 - 9:52 PM

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Nice!
My A. rudis colony just died :(
They were the first Aphaeno colony that I ever kept that accepted honey.


Really sorry to hear that :(
Me too. It's often understated how sad the death of a queen or colony can be, especially if you really devote lots of time and care to them, or if you don't have many colonies, just a handful.
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#27 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 1 2018 - 4:04 AM

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They were the first Aphaeno colony that I ever kept that accepted honey.

This colony accepted honey one time a few months back, but hasn't since then.



#28 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 1 2018 - 4:11 AM

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Almost all the larvae and pupae have turned into adults now, but the queen just laid a new batch of about 20-ish eggs.

 

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#29 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 7 2018 - 5:43 AM

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Gave them a fruit fly today. Just like my Tetramorium immigrans colony, they ignored it live, but gladly accepted it pre-killed.


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#30 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 11 2018 - 11:39 AM

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I finally got them to accept a sugar source. They will now accept sugar water, in small amounts.

 

There is a really noticeable size difference between the nanitics and some of the more recently eclosed workers.


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#31 Offline noebl1 - Posted February 11 2018 - 12:21 PM

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Nice!!!  How did you end up giving them the sugar water?  I've been using the cotton ball soaked technique.

 

Took my A. picea queen/worker out of hibernation, waiting a couple more weeks before taking my A. rudis queens out.


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#32 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 11 2018 - 12:28 PM

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I just placed in a drop with a toothpick.


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#33 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 13 2018 - 4:44 PM

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These ants really love their fruit flies. They tried to grab it off the toothpick before I had even set the fly down.


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#34 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 16 2018 - 3:26 PM

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#35 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 25 2018 - 4:55 PM

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So, these girls like live fruit fly larvae, apparently.


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#36 Offline noebl1 - Posted February 25 2018 - 5:01 PM

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So, these girls like live fruit fly larvae, apparently.

 

I fed fruit flies to my fledgling A. picea colony yesterday for the first time (just a queen, one worker and a pile of brood), and there wasn't a trace of the fruit fly after 24 hours.  Fed them a second one today, and already working it...  I noticed that the queen is pretty active here breaking down and feeding the fruit fly to the larvae, not sure if you see anything similar with A. rudis?


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#37 Offline Diesel - Posted March 3 2018 - 3:14 AM

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My pice colony loves chasing down the live ones. I feed them 10 or so every 3 to 4 days. My colony is about 60 or so workers and a huge pike of brood.
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Ant Species kept

 

Temnothorax Longispinosus.-Journal(discontinued)-(formerly)

Camponotus Noveboracensis (formerly)

Camponotus Nearticus-formerly

Tetramorium sp.-formerly

Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Queen & brood.-formerly

Tapinoma Sessile-Journal (3 queen colony)-formerly

​Tapinoma  Sessile #2 (2 queen colony)-formerly

Aphaenogaster Picea-Journal-active

Crematogaster sp.(Cerasi or Lineolata) Queen with 3 workers and brood-formerly

​Crematogaster sp. #2 (Cerasi or Lineolata) Queen with brood-formerly

Formica sp. polygenus-active 300+ workers-active

Formica Subsericea-active 25+ workers-active

Myrmica Rubra 400+ workers 3 queens-active


#38 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 7 2018 - 2:25 PM

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The queen just laid a new batch of eggs, I'm estimating around 20-30.



#39 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 2 2018 - 5:26 AM

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They are now at about 30 workers. I moved them into a THA Mini Hearth Type III. I Only one worker was lost because it managed to crawl inside the water tower through a small hole in the mesh. Once I saw this, however, I covered the hole with a little drop of plaster.



#40 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 28 2018 - 2:09 PM

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Just caught a colony of ~200 workers and tons of brood, was wondering what they readily eat.


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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites






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