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Mettcollsuss's Formica neorufibarbis Journal

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#41 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 8 2018 - 7:17 PM

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I think he is right!

#42 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 8 2018 - 7:35 PM

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I think he is right!

Haha. I thought these were already disproved


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#43 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted May 9 2018 - 4:34 AM

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Haha. I thought these were already disproved

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#44 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 9 2018 - 10:31 AM

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I thought it was established that they weren't these so I didn't suggest it earlier.


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#45 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 11 2018 - 4:57 PM

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I just caught a Formica neorufibarbis colony of 100-150 workers! Your colony looks very similar to mine color wise. They look to be the same size too.....

#46 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted May 13 2018 - 7:58 AM

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Two new workers just eclosed last night, and I'm expecting two more any day now. They also have about 10 eggs.


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#47 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted May 17 2018 - 10:15 AM

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They now have a total of four workers, one pupae, a few medium larvae, and a few eggs.



#48 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted June 13 2018 - 4:50 PM

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They now have 5 workers, two or three pupae, and a few larvae of different sizes.



#49 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted June 20 2018 - 7:54 PM

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The colony just received their first major worker,  :)  as well as another minor, bringing the total up to seven workers.


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#50 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 21 2018 - 5:40 PM

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Nice! My 75 worker colony has a TON of major pupae. Glad these are doing well for you!

#51 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted July 6 2018 - 5:23 PM

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A few more workers eclosed recently, bringing the total up to ten or eleven workers.



#52 Offline TheRealAntMan - Posted August 10 2018 - 12:37 PM

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The colony just received their first major worker,  :)  as well as another minor, bringing the total up to seven workers.

I'm pretty sure Formica Pallidefulva isn't polymorphic. 


An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to their relative body size
 

 


#53 Offline rbarreto - Posted August 10 2018 - 2:29 PM

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The colony just received their first major worker,  :)  as well as another minor, bringing the total up to seven workers.

I'm pretty sure Formica Pallidefulva isn't polymorphic. 

 

They are but not to the same extent as Camponotus.


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My journal featuring most of my ants.

My other journal featuring Formica Bradleyi.


#54 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted August 28 2018 - 12:43 PM

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I did some trading with invjang and got two more colonies. One with 5 workers and one with 8. Now that I have two other colonies of Formica pallidefulva to compare, I am certain that my original colony is indeed F. pallidefulva. Hooray, finally pinned down an ID! The only difference I notice is that the queen of my original colony has a slightly brighter orange and the colors aren't quite as evenly blended as in the new two.

 

Colony 1

Original colony. Just came out of reverse hibernation. During hibernation, all their brood finished developing, which now puts them at 13 workers

 

Colony 2

5 workers, no brood. Acting healthy.

 

Colony 3

8 workers, no brood. Acting healthy.



#55 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted September 1 2018 - 4:16 AM

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#56 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 3 2018 - 6:27 AM

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Okay, so it looks like there are two separate species in this journal. The original colony I'm almost certain is F. neorufibarbis, while the new ones are F. pallidefulva. I sold one of the F. pallidefulva colonies and am planning to sell the other as I have too many Formica colonies.

 

I moved the F. neorufibarbis into an AC Ant Tower, and it's actually really good, unlike many AC products I've tried in the past. It has really good visibility and the ants seem to really like it. They have a lot of brood at the moment. I'll add photos when I can.



#57 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 7 2019 - 7:04 PM

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I gave them a sugar water feeder yesterday, and they've been drinking from in almost for almost 24 hours nonstop. And when they're not drinking from it, a worker is always standing guard near it.



#58 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 16 2019 - 6:30 AM

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It's hard to get an exact count in a dirt setup, but they're at about 20 workers and have a few pupae too. Doing really well.



#59 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 27 2019 - 6:11 AM

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They've put sand over the glass so I can't see into the main chamber. They're at roughly 30 workers I'd say.

#60 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 7 2019 - 5:10 AM

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They've made a new main chamber right up against the glass. I can see a large batch of eggs.





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