Yesterday I received a bunch of ants and queen from a friend. and since they were basically free, any loses didn't bother me too much, but he is a noob when it comes to ants, so didn't exactly pack them the ideal way....
20 Iridomyrmex 8.5mm queens in a container with sphagnum moss. 8 dead, 2 looked to be killed from fighting, severed gasters.
Either I separate them into groups of 3, or one big setup?
Some of them have naturally grouped together in the container, best to keep those together.
He had a small Camponotus humilior colony, Polyrhachis femorata colony and a small black with gold gaster Polyrhacis colony all in the same tin container, albeit separate by their bark nests there were found in and loose bark, and some sphagnum moss for hydration, but they felt dry to me...
They were all found on the same tree next to each other, but they did fight. Some dead ants, some ants missing limbs and antenna.
Inside were also few beetle and one small ant sized wingless wasp!
Man a lot of the brood was mixed up at the bottom of the tin can.
I stacked them all on the C.humilior nest back when I separated the ants out, and over night the humilior only took their brood, which left the two others
I then gave the funny ridged larger larvae to the P.femorata colony, as they had some similar looking ones.
So third time lucky for another Camponotus humilior colony?!
They do have a major, and two dead ones. over 10 workers, and a queen I think, plus some brood.
Darker looking than my previous two colonies
Small gold bum Polyrhachis colony, not sure if they have a queen. 14 ants and one badly injured one.
These were making the tin can rattle, as they thump their gasters against it when alarmed
These might be Polyrhachis vermiculosa
Polyrhachis femorata colony, appears to have 3 queens!
So they are polygynous?!
There are 3 large ants with ocelli, so must be queens. And 15 workers
For Polyrhachis ants, these are pretty big. And have a more Camponotus appearance.
Queens are like 11-12mm, and workers around 9-10mm
quick pics, no queens here, will take pics of queens later
You can see some missing antenna and limbs...
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Edited by CoolColJ, July 11 2018 - 5:29 PM.