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#61 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted July 6 2018 - 5:43 PM

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7-6-18

I'm about to leave on vacation for at least five weeks with no access to any sort of internet connection, so I'm going to update this journal one last time before I leave. The small colony had a few more workers eclose; the total is now six workers. They also go their first large major.

 

The large colony is at 30ish workers, but they have no brood other than one or two pupae. This paired with the fact that I'm leaving for several weeks, I think the easiest solution would be to reverse hibernate them. When they come out of hibernation, they'll have a new THA Fortress waiting for them.


Edited by Mettcollsuss, October 25 2018 - 2:59 PM.

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Current Colonies:

  • Aphaenogaster rudis x4 — Journal
  • Camponotus caryae — Journal
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus — Journal
  • Formica pallidefulva — Journal
  • Formica subsericea x3 — Journal
  • Lasius cf. americanus
  • Lasius cf. neoniger — Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis — Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans — Journal

Queens:

  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
  • Crematogaster cf. lineolata Journal
  • Lasius sp. x2
  • Myrmica sp.

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#62 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted August 28 2018 - 1:19 PM

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The large colony just came out of reverse hibernation. Their Mini Hearth is really old and dirty, yet refuse to move to the THA Fortress I'm providing them. Sigh. One of the queens I caught just got a nanitic batch of 6 workers. I'm going to sell them and the colony in the Inception Chamber.


Current Colonies:

  • Aphaenogaster rudis x4 — Journal
  • Camponotus caryae — Journal
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus — Journal
  • Formica pallidefulva — Journal
  • Formica subsericea x3 — Journal
  • Lasius cf. americanus
  • Lasius cf. neoniger — Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis — Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans — Journal

Queens:

  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
  • Crematogaster cf. lineolata Journal
  • Lasius sp. x2
  • Myrmica sp.

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#63 Offline CoolColJ - Posted August 28 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Why don't put the Minihearth in the Fortress foraging area and remove the glass?

 

I see THA doing this in one of his videos :)

And yeah let the MiniHearth dry out first


Edited by CoolColJ, August 28 2018 - 7:31 PM.

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808
Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#64 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted September 11 2018 - 3:25 AM

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I just sold the Inception Chamber colony, but several of the new queens I caught over the summer have nanitics now. They're also gonna go up for sale pretty soon.

 

After doing what CoolColJ suggested, I got them to move into the Fortress. I am using and old Hybrid Nest lid to cover the glass and keep it dark. A few days and two large crickets later, I peeked in and saw workers holding a clutch of 40-50 eggs  :). I have to admit I was kinda surprised to see eggs this soon after coming out of diapause. Now that the outworld's larger, it's really fun to watch them hunt down live fruit flies.


Edited by Mettcollsuss, September 11 2018 - 3:26 AM.

Current Colonies:

  • Aphaenogaster rudis x4 — Journal
  • Camponotus caryae — Journal
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus — Journal
  • Formica pallidefulva — Journal
  • Formica subsericea x3 — Journal
  • Lasius cf. americanus
  • Lasius cf. neoniger — Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis — Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans — Journal

Queens:

  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
  • Crematogaster cf. lineolata Journal
  • Lasius sp. x2
  • Myrmica sp.

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#65 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted September 13 2018 - 6:57 AM

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My colony's queen does not want to lay eggs.
Keeper of: 1x red Pheidole, 2x Camponotus cf. vicinus, 2x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Apheanogaster sp., 1x Temenothorax sp., 1x Ponera sp., x3 Crematogaster sp.

#66 Offline TheRealAntMan - Posted September 13 2018 - 1:49 PM

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My colony's queen does not want to lay eggs.

It's probably because she's ready for hibernation and most if not all species of Formica don't hibernate with their brood. My Formica queen is doing the same.


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#67 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted September 13 2018 - 4:06 PM

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Yeah, I knew they don't hibernate with brood. I'm just sad no more workers are coming this year. :(
Keeper of: 1x red Pheidole, 2x Camponotus cf. vicinus, 2x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Apheanogaster sp., 1x Temenothorax sp., 1x Ponera sp., x3 Crematogaster sp.

#68 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted October 25 2018 - 3:04 PM

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Okay it's been a long time with no update. The first brood of the year is eclosing into callows. So far 5-10 have eclosed with another 20-30 pupae ready to eclose any day now. They also have maybe 40-50 larvae of assorted sizes and 20-30 eggs. It's only been a couple months since they were in diapause and they're about to double in size, maybe more. It's going to be a very fast growing year. Who knows, maybe they'll reach a mature size by their next diapause (or maybe I'm being a little too hopeful).


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Current Colonies:

  • Aphaenogaster rudis x4 — Journal
  • Camponotus caryae — Journal
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus — Journal
  • Formica pallidefulva — Journal
  • Formica subsericea x3 — Journal
  • Lasius cf. americanus
  • Lasius cf. neoniger — Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis — Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans — Journal

Queens:

  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
  • Crematogaster cf. lineolata Journal
  • Lasius sp. x2
  • Myrmica sp.

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#69 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted November 8 2018 - 12:40 PM

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Please update soon. These queens fly in my area so I will get some next year! :)







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