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CCJ's ants - Opisthopsis (strobe ant), Melophorus, C.suffusus, Pheidole antipodum, Polyrhachis, Myrmecia

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#1381 Offline CoolColJ - Posted March 17 2019 - 9:40 PM

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My Pheidole antipodum workers do that as well, but not to the same extent :)
Mostly to clean the queen and sometimes chill out on top of her.
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#1382 Offline CoolColJ - Posted March 17 2019 - 9:47 PM

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Autumn 18th March 2019


Camponotus cf nigriceps 19mm queen, 20+mm when bloated
20mm test tube - heat cable
1 nanitic - 7 cocoons, 4 small larvae

Another cocoon spun



Camponotus suffusus bendigensis 17-18mm queen 1
20mm Test tube - in styrofoam and heat cable incubator
9 workers, 1 cocoon, 1 medium, 4 small larvae, 5 eggs

 

WTF I saw the workers eating a cocoon?!

I counted 9 workers still, so not an eclosure... that's the third cocoon I have seen this colony eat  in the last 2 months....  :/

They are all bloated, filled with food, and I have been feeding them.

There must be a legit reason for this....

 

Need to crack 10 workers before the winter shut down!

 

 

 


Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#1383 Online YsTheAnt - Posted March 18 2019 - 7:42 AM

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They eat cocoons when disturbed too much, try checking on them only once a week. Red film doesn't stop them from being disturbed.

#1384 Offline CoolColJ - Posted March 18 2019 - 5:56 PM

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They eat cocoons when disturbed too much, try checking on them only once a week. Red film doesn't stop them from being disturbed.

 

Most of my ants are exposed to light once they have at least 1 worker, so it doesn't matter how often i check up on them :)


Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#1385 Offline CoolColJ - Posted March 19 2019 - 7:58 AM

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Autumn 20th March 2019


Pheidole antipodum 14-15mm queens x 6
All setups 20mm test tube and a styro foam double chamber entrance

Heat cable
Dual queen setup 2
20+ workers - medium stack of eggs, some donated brood from queen 5 and setup 1
Queen 4 with red dirt
15+ nanitics, small clump of 15+ eggs, 5+ donated brood from queen 5
Queen 5 - bare test tube
70+ workers - big stack of brood
Queen 8 with red dirt - former partner of Dual queen setup 1
30+ workers - big stack of brood
Queen 9 - former partner of Dual queen setup 1
20 workers - moderate stack of brood


Ugh the two queens in my largest dual queen setup 1 appeared to be fighting!
Their jaws are locked together, although I don't know which is the dominant one...

I eventually removed one, put her into a new setup and gave her a third of the brood and around 20 workers and a few mini majors
They settled fairly quickly, and things seem to be OK.

I suspect most of the workers I pulled from there were young ones around the brood, so they are all timid and huddled together around the queen.

A few are on the queen cleaning her.

Meanwhile the other setup is busy piling dirt back onto the styrofoam chamber entrance I pulled out to do the rescue operation

Lucky I was up late and noticed them, if I had waited till morning it would ahve been too late!
I will likely sell them both now, well at least one of them.

Now I'm worried about my other dual queen setup which I have high hopes for! :(

 



 


Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#1386 Offline CoolColJ - Posted Today, 12:32 AM

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I have a buyer lined up to buy the 2 recently separated Pheidole antipodum queens.
So that will cut down the numbers to a resonable 4 queens over 3 setups.
But one is likely infertile, so two setups of 3 queens is enough to ensure a long term colony


Autumn 22nd March 2019

Camponotus cf nigriceps 19mm queen, 20+mm when bloated
20mm test tube - heat cable
1 nanitic - 7 cocoons, 4 small larvae, 5 eggs

I was wondering when the queen would start laying again, and boom she laid last night, 5 new eggs :)
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#1387 Offline CoolColJ - Posted Today, 1:22 AM

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head size comparison between minor worker, mini major and one of these new larger major pupa.
This new pupa is either a new caste member, or just the regular size of the first gen nanitic mini majors

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#1388 Offline CoolColJ - Posted Today, 1:39 AM

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Getting a Myrmecia brevinoda queen delivered here before I send it off with the two Pheidole antipodum colonies to their new owner.

Well I'll get to take a look at this giant of a bull ant :)

Edited by CoolColJ, Today, 1:51 AM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#1389 Offline CoolColJ - Posted Today, 9:41 PM

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Autumn 23rd March 2019

Camponotus cf nigriceps 19mm queen, 20+mm when bloated
20mm test tube - heat cable
1 nanitic - 8 cocoons, 1 large, 2 medium larvae, 5 eggs

8th cocoon spun
second worker should be eclosing within a week or two
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/





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