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Mettcollsuss's Formica neorufibarbis Journal

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#21 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 31 2018 - 9:40 AM

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Pics coming soon. I just got back from a vacation and haven't unpacked my camera yet.


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#22 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 2 2018 - 3:31 AM

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Moved them into a THA Type III Mini Hearth.


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#23 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 5 2018 - 11:37 AM

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Moving them back into a test tube.

 

I'm now almost fully convinced that they are F. neorufibarbis; the worker is way too dark to be incerta. Since F. neorufibarbis isn't native to Illinois, I will keep this only until I am able to release them somewhere they are native.


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#24 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 15 2018 - 4:56 PM

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4-15-18

 

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#25 Offline Canadian anter - Posted April 15 2018 - 6:29 PM

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This definetly isn't Formica neorufibarbis. This might be Formica neoclara.



#26 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 16 2018 - 3:31 AM

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F. neoclara workers are orange and black, while this worker is solid black.


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#27 Offline Canadian anter - Posted April 16 2018 - 3:51 AM

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Formica neoclara can be quite dark. Additionally, Formica neorufibarbis have a lot more pubescence on the gaster.


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#28 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 16 2018 - 8:59 AM

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Ant_Dude's #1 rule of ant keeping: never sell/release Formica spp. :D


Keeper of: 3x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Temenothorax sp., x2 Subterranean termites. (Most of my colonies died.:*()

#29 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 16 2018 - 1:33 PM

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Ant_Dude's #1 rule of ant keeping: never sell/release Formica spp. :D

how come?



#30 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 18 2018 - 8:23 PM

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They are awesome!
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#31 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 18 2018 - 8:25 PM

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And, now that I can see them more clearly, I am not so sure these are Formica neorufibarbis.:thinking: Could you get a pic of the queen's head or thorax?

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, April 26 2018 - 6:45 PM.

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#32 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 19 2018 - 2:09 AM

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And, now that I can see them more clearly, I am not so sure these are Formica neorufibarbis.:thinking: Could you get a pic of the queen's head?


I'll try. What do you think they might be?

#33 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 19 2018 - 2:28 AM

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How come you moved them back to a test tube from the Mini hearth?


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, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#34 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 19 2018 - 7:03 PM

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I am not sure yet.....:thinking:

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, April 19 2018 - 7:04 PM.

Keeper of: 3x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Temenothorax sp., x2 Subterranean termites. (Most of my colonies died.:*()

#35 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 20 2018 - 4:03 PM

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Current brood count is at 5 medium larvae, one small larvae, and 3 eggs.



#36 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 28 2018 - 2:50 PM

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They've got three pupae now, as well as two or three large larvae and one medium. They also have a decent pile of 5-6 eggs. I'll update again once the new workers eclose.



#37 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 29 2018 - 5:35 AM

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And, now that I can see them more clearly, I am not so sure these are Formica neorufibarbis. :thinking: Could you get a pic of the queen's head or thorax?

I got a bunch of pictures, I hope one of these helps.

 

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#38 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 29 2018 - 8:35 AM

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The queen's thorax looks a bit too light for the F. neorufibarbis I know.

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, April 29 2018 - 8:37 AM.

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#39 Offline Canadian anter - Posted April 29 2018 - 3:28 PM

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Could it just be Formica pallidefulva ?


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#40 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted May 7 2018 - 4:37 PM

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Could it just be Formica pallidefulva ?

F. pallidefulva can range in color quite a bit, but some of the darker variations look just like these. I know I switch up the ID on this colony a lot, but I think this is the closest guess I've gotten so far. Thanks!


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