Pheidole Colony G - 2x Phediole sp. red head/black body 8-9mm queens
16mm test tube - heat cable
40 workers - first major pupa, second major larvae pupating, lots of brood
First major pupa is starting to go yellow
Camponotus nigriceps 18-19mm queen
20mm test tube, in styrofoam and heat cable incubator
Moved her into my 27-28 degree incubator
Pheidole antipodum 14-15mm queens x 11
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 single stack of eggs
2) Triple queen - cardboard insert and aquarium filter wool
stack of eggs
3) queen with coco coir - moved half the coco coir against the cotton dam. The other half remains where she pushed it, up against the styrofoam double chamber entrance
big stack of eggs
4) Queen with red dirt - moved the red dirt to block up the double chamber entrance
small clump of 15+ eggs
5) Queen with white sand - 4th queen from setup 1 moved here
6) Queen - bare test tube
7) Queen, former partner of queen 6 - bare test tube
So queen 6, was one of the dual queen pair that would nest in the outter chamber against the exit cotton.
yesterday I split them both up and forced both into the inner chambers of the own test tubes.
Queen 7 stayed there, but today Queen 6 moved back to the outer chamber
Queen 5 used to be a the fourth member of Setup 1, moved her to the dead queen's white sand test tube yesterday.
Today she had moved some of the white sand to block up the styrofoam chamber entrance much like Queen 4
I am also having second thoughts about moving her off the quad queen setup...
Melophorus sp.- red black 6-7mm queen
refillable gypsum plugged test tube connected to outworld - heatcable
1 minor worker, 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small cocoon, 4 small larvae, 5 eggs
OK this took me by surprise, 2 days after the first small cocoon shows up, that very large larvae has cocooned, and the other large larvae as well!
So there are 3 cocoons of different sizes - gives you a hint of how polymorphic this species is
Two smallest placed near the heat cable
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Edited by CoolColJ, December 10 2018 - 11:04 PM.