Colony update - Spring 22nd October 2018Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant) 10mm queenheat cable - Atom C nest inside circular outworld
16 workers, 4 cocoons, some large larvae and a stack of small larvae and eggs
Got all 16 Strobe ant workers in the frame - I like the density now
If you look closely, you can see the newer workers are larger.
A few of the 4 cocoons ready to eclose and a stack of new eggs
The original 7 nanitics are still alive and well, and it must be around 7 months now...
click to enlargeMelophorus sp.- red black 6-7mm queenrefillable gypsum plugged test tube connected to outworld - heatcable
1 minor worker, 13 brood
Almost 2 months now, and even with a heat cable their eggs still look like eggs
They must need even more heat...Melophorus sp.- black orange 7-8mm queenAcrylic founding nest
2 large sized larvae. 1 worker
Must be getting close to cocooning Pheidole Colony A - Phediole sp. red head/black body 9mm queenheatcable
40 workers, first major pupa
Sent to Davejay Pheidole Colony B - Pheidole sp, all black 8mm queen heatcable
40'ish workers. 2 majors, second one is larger, super major?
Tons of brood and pupa, ready for another population boom
Dirty test tube makes it hard to get clear photos -
but look at how different the two majors look, size, colour, texture.
Both are used as repletes but the older and smaller major, not much older, gets to go out and forage and tear things apart.
The larger one stays home with the brood, it won't even attack any food brought to the brood Polyrhachis rufifemur 9mm queen16mm test tube connected to outworld via grommet
1 nanitic, 2 small larve, 3 eggs, 1 medium Camponotus larvae
no major changes. I keep giving them cricket bits but they never eat and just drag it back out.
But the nanitic has finally got old enough to start foraging and feed the queen.Pheidole Colony E - Pheidole sp, light red head, dark red body, 6-7mm
Queen 1 - heat cable
- 7 nanitics, clump of brood16mm test tube, double chamber setup, exposed to light
13 nanitics, decent amount of brood, lots of pupa
Only 1 more eclosed last week, a bit of a lull.
They don't forage muchPheidole Colony F - Banished Phediole sp. red head/black body 9mm queen - originally a partner of Pheidole Colony Aheatcable
8 Nanitics, small clump of brood
Test tube just about out of water, attached a new test tube but they haven't moved yet after a few days...If they don't move I just might release themPheidole Colony G - 2x Phediole sp. red head/black body 8-9mm queens16mm test tube - cotton double chamber setup - heat cable
5 nanitics - 3 pupa, small pile of larvae and eggs
2 nanitics eclosed last week, didn't even notice.
Need to get to 20+ before the water runs out, getting on the low side now.Rhytidoponera aspera Gamergate colony20mm Test tube with aquarium filter wool dam, cardboard floor substrate.
7 workers - 2 maybe more as Gamergate queens, 30+ brood boost larvae.
The drone escape into my room somewhere, it'll probably die...
Not much has happened, but they are feeding the larvae, and dumping rubbish out as needed.Pheidole sp, light red head, dark red body, 6-7mmI have her in my double test tube modded setup, with a polystyrene foam chamber entrance - heatcable
2 nanitics, clump of brood, 3-4 pupa.
Double test tube Mod is working great, except they put their brood where I didn't expect them to, once the workers arrived…
It means I can no longer pull out the water test tube to refill… and the cotton wick is likely to get moldy over time….
Will have to refill with the test tube connected, which is likely to leak when the cap is pulled off and all vacuum lost.
Edited by CoolColJ, October 21 2018 - 4:52 PM.