Summer 16th January 2019
Meat ant queen - Iridomyrmex purpureus 14mm queen
16mm test tube - heat cable
14 workers, 10+ pupa, 10+ larvae, 20+ eggs
15th worker should eclose tonight.
There are 8 pupa with dark eyes that should eclose in a weeks time, so just like that, over 20 workers.
It's amazing how white and clean they keep their water cotton!
I swear the workers are actively grooming the cotton dam, and plucking away any hint of mold...
And whenever I open the test tube inside a fluon lined container to feed them, the workers dump all the rubbish outside.
Then a few go wandering around exploring, no shyness here despite being a small colony, and then return after 15 mins and then one stands guard
I can't think of a more responsive and active ant to keep. They eat around the clock, always a bustle of activity in the nest.
They are classified as an expert keeper ant, due to their aggression and explosive growth, but IMO pretty good begineer species
Pheidole antipodum 14-15mm queens x 10
in styrofoam and heat cable incubator
All setups have a styro foam double chamber entrance
1) Triple queen - red dirt - cleared all the red dirt and heaped up it into a low wall at the middle of the test tube
huge stack of eggs, larvae and some pupa
2) Dual queen - cardboard insert and aquarium filter wool water dam
big stack of eggs
3) queen with coco coir - moved all the coco coir against the cotton dam, wicking the water into it
big stack of brood - 4 nanitics, 10+ pupa, 30+ larvae, 50+ eggs
4) Queen with red dirt - moved the red dirt to block up the double chamber entrance
small clump of 15+ eggs
5) Queen - bare test tube
huge stack of brood, 75% larvae, a few pupa
6) Queen - bare test tube, former partner of queen 6
big stack of eggs , 30-40% larvae with some large ones
7) Queen - bare test tube, former partner of setup 2
big clump of eggs
Setup 1 looks to have a yellow pupa, so they may get their first nanitic soon
Queen 7 has a big stack of eggs now! Damn, and in only a few days since I put her in her own test tube!
Queen 3 has her 4th nanitic eclose.
I gave them some raw honey and honeycomb, but they haven't started foraging yet.
The nanitics are the same size as the regular workers of my black Pheidole species colony, about 2mm
So the normal minor workers should be larger, maybe 3mm
Although one of the nanitics is already slightly larger than the others.
Apparently the workers and majors have a stinger
Edited by CoolColJ, January 16 2019 - 2:43 AM.