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

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#1461 Offline CoolColJ - Posted May 6 2019 - 9:41 PM

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How are the Pheidole workers so small compared to the queen? Are they going to get majors the same size as her or something?

 

The queen is 14-15mm, and the workers closer to 3mm now.

It's just the way this species is, similar to some Carebara species :)

 

The largest major in one of the colonies is about 6mm, just one, and there are some small mini majors of 4mm.

There will be a range of majors going from 4mm all the way up to the largest super major of 1cm or so eventually.

 

So this species is similar to Carebara diversa and affinis in their caste structure.

Kinda weird as they are not Carebara, but also aren't like regular Pheidole with their 1 or 2 Major castes.

 

They also look different from regular Pheidole. The queen especially looks like a Carebara queen, as do the workers.

But the majors look different from Either Pheidole or Carebara ones.

 

It's like some oddball Australian only species that doesn't fit any current genus

And they are only found in arid and semi arid areas, so way out of the city areas.

 

We also have Carebara affinis here, but i don't know of anyone keeping them apart from a friend finding some colonies and a queen with a few majors and workers, that died after a few months.

These are only found in tropical far north of Australia, so also hard to find.

I hope to aquire a queen of these in the future.

 

 


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

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

#1462 Offline CoolColJ - Posted May 7 2019 - 12:10 AM

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Camponotus suffusus bendigensis 17-18mm queen 1
20mm Test tube - heat cable
9 workers, 2 large, 5 small larva, 2 eggs
 
Just watched the queen lay two eggs near the heatcable, so she's still laying even in late autumn :)
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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

#1463 Online Leo - Posted May 7 2019 - 12:43 AM

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How are the Pheidole workers so small compared to the queen? Are they going to get majors the same size as her or something?

 

The queen is 14-15mm, and the workers closer to 3mm now.

It's just the way this species is, similar to some Carebara species :)

 

The largest major in one of the colonies is about 6mm, just one, and there are some small mini majors of 4mm.

There will be a range of majors going from 4mm all the way up to the largest super major of 1cm or so eventually.

 

So this species is similar to Carebara diversa and affinis in their caste structure.

Kinda weird as they are not Carebara, but also aren't like regular Pheidole with their 1 or 2 Major castes.

 

They also look different from regular Pheidole. The queen especially looks like a Carebara queen, as do the workers.

But the majors look different from Either Pheidole or Carebara ones.

 

It's like some oddball Australian only species that doesn't fit any current genus

And they are only found in arid and semi arid areas, so way out of the city areas.

 

We also have Carebara affinis here, but i don't know of anyone keeping them apart from a friend finding some colonies and a queen with a few majors and workers, that died after a few months.

These are only found in tropical far north of Australia, so also hard to find.

I hope to aquire a queen of these in the future.

 

 

 

Pretty sure mine are C affinis XD



#1464 Offline CoolColJ - Posted May 7 2019 - 7:56 PM

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Pretty sure mine are C affinis XD


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

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

#1465 Online Leo - Posted May 8 2019 - 1:26 AM

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One massive larvae



#1466 Offline BeginnerAntKeeper - Posted May 17 2019 - 9:15 PM

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Update?

#1467 Offline CoolColJ - Posted May 18 2019 - 7:17 AM

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Update?


Not much has happened as winter is about to fall here

Although the small red Pheidole queen I caught a few weeks back has some eggs :)
I keep her in my incubator

I'll do a general update later
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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, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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

#1468 Offline CoolColJ - Posted May 20 2019 - 6:29 AM

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Colony update - Autumn 20th May 2019

Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant) 10mm queen
Atom C nest inside circular outworld
100+ workers, 20+ cocoons, tons of brood

They are no longer heated a little by the tip of the heating cable touching the right side of their nest, so growth should slow way down
Especially with winter coming up, but they are still pretty active.


Melophorus sp.- black orange 7-8mm queen
Acrylic founding nest - heatcable
6 workers - brood?

Queen hasn't laid in months, into second season now and never cracking 6 workers :/
It's like she only lays in Spring and early summer


Polyrhachis rufifemur 9mm queen
16mm test tube - heat cable
1 worker - 1 large, 6 small larvae

still waiting on that second worker to come along....
Into second season now, and the long brood times are crazy


Camponotus suffusus bendigensis 17-18mm queen 1
20mm Test tube - heat cable
10 workers, 2 large, 4-5 medium larvae, 4 small larvae/eggs



Camponotus aeneopilosus aka golden tail sugar ant - 12mm queen
16mm test tube - styrofoam double chamber setup - in styrofoam and heat cable incubator
15 large larvae

Ever since her first cocoon, which birthed a drone, none of the large larvae have cocooned and it's been months!
Very strange. I don't have much confidence in her coming through, fertility wise


Myrmecia fulvipes, bull ant, 17-18mm queen
20mm test tube - in small outworld
1 worker

No eggs as before.
They don't seem to care too much when I check on them now. getting used to me I guess :)


Colobopsis macrocephala 9mm queen
16mm test tube - in styrofoam and heat cable incubator
5 workers 1 large larvae, a few small larvae/eggs

Not much going on with them, and also not particularly active ants.
Still thinking about letting them go.
Water is getting on the low side...


Pheidole antipodum 14-15mm queens x 4
All setups 20mm test tube and a styro foam double chamber entrance

Heat cable
Queen 10 - former partner of Dual queen setup 2
50+ workers - some large larvae, medium stack of brood
Queen 11 - former partner of Dual queen setup 2
20+ workers - small pile of brood

Queen 4 with red dirt
9 nanitics from donated brood, small clump of unhatched 4-5 month old 15+ eggs
Queen 5 - bare test tube - balled up tissue acting as a chamber in front of the styrofoam chamber entrance
100+ workers - some large larvae, massive teaspoon sized brood pile

By far the most active of all my ants.
Always moving and doing stuff.
Even days old roach bits still get worked on.
And they pile rubbish on the exit cotton.
Since I started feeding them raw honey via a smeared cotton bud head, they no longer cover it up.

Queen 10 and 11, former partners are both going well after being separated.
I might giving queen 9 to a friend.

Queen 4's original eggs still haven't hatched after months, and her donated nanitics are starting to die out.... down to 9 or so now :/
Plus the water in her tube is getting on the lower side.
Don't think I will be able to move them whe the water runs out and all workers are dead.
I could keep donating brood to her and hope she makes it, but not looking good, fertility wise.

Queen 5's colony is thriving, and getting quite big. Probbaly closing in on 200 workers now.
I still have them in a sealed test tube most of time...
Then have to open it inside a fluon lined container to feed them as they swarm out :)
Then leave them there for a day or two until i can seal it back again.
And they sure dump a ton of rubbish outside the exit!
When they are in the container off the heating cbale they spread the brood out, and the compact it again when back on the cable
Which is strange since queen 9's brood is always near the heating cable.... funny how different colonies treat their heat differently.
The workers have also made that little chamber they dug into the water
cotton bigger, and a small passage 1cm towards thew ater.
It seems they noticed the water and stopped there :)

Edited by CoolColJ, May 20 2019 - 6:44 AM.

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

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

#1469 Offline CoolColJ - Posted May 20 2019 - 6:31 AM

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Queen update - Autumn 20th May 2019

red Pheidole queen 6-7mm queen
16mm test tube - in styrofoam and heat cable incubator
clump of eggs

I've had her for a few months now, but only noticed eggs last week, so she must have laid not long ago.
As these only take a month to develop when heated.
Before this point she has pulled some cotton down to form a carpet.

I haven't mentioned her much as I wasn't sure I would keep her around.
Found her under a pot plant in my backyard
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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

#1470 Offline CoolColJ - Posted May 23 2019 - 9:18 PM

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Sold someone my nigriceps.

Sent via signature with delivery. he was not able to collect them since he had to go overseas due to family accident

The Post office kept it for a couple of weeks at least and resent it back to me

Ants were fine, just one dead worker out of 10 from old age, being a nanitic.
But still lots of brood

Lucky it was sent via signature with delivery!

Goes to show, that they can live just fine for a while, if they have food stored in their gasters
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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, Camponotus nigriceps, 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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