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CCJ's ants - Opisthopsis (strobe ant), Melophorus, C.suffusus, Pheidole, Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera, Iridomyrmex

journal opisthopsis rufithorax strobe ant camponotus melophorus furnace ant pheidole iridomyrmex suffusus polyrhachis rufifemur meat ant antipodum rhytidoponera aphaenogaster consobrinus nigrocincta aspera myrmecia bull ant

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#921 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 15 2018 - 2:36 PM

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Spring 16th November 2018

Camponotus consobrinus 16-17mm - black thorax colour scheme
55mm petri dish with wet cotton soaked with mineral fortified sugar water

While her antenna move a tiny bit, her body is pretty stiff now, I reckon she is as good as dead

I put her in my petri dish with the dead bodies of my C.suffusus and P.antipodum queen :(


Edited by CoolColJ, November 15 2018 - 2:39 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808
Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#922 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 15 2018 - 10:01 PM

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Spring 15th November 2018

Pheidole Colony E - Pheidole sp, light red head, dark red body, 6-7mm
16mm test tube, double chamber setup - heatcable
35+ workers, decent amount of brood



Successfully brood boosted this colony with 2 minor pupa and 3 major pupa, plus 1 major pupa that may be damaged...

I flipped over a rock in my yard that I hadn't looked under before, and there was a large red Pheidole species colony under it with tons of brood all neatly
separated into separate large chambers, small larvae, large larvae, small pupa and major pupa etc.
I placed the rock back, but some of the pupa fell out.
R.metallica workers from a nearby nest started to raid these, so I scooped them into my capture tube with a piece of leaf.

I did find the queen of this colony in my yard, but I'm wasn't sure if they are the same species.
So I expected them to be used as food, but much to my suprise the workers carted them to the water cotton, cleaned them and then dragged them up to the cotton where their brood are all sitting.

Free majors? Who wouldn't say no :)


You can see they kept the damaged major, the one up front....

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808
Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#923 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 15 2018 - 10:06 PM

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Camponotus suffusus bendigensis 17-18mm queen1
20mm Test tube - heat cable - red film
3 eggs - raw honey dish

Back down to 3 eggs after eating 2....
I suspect this queen had laid quite a few eggs prior to be sent to my Davejay in sphagnum moss, so if there was any brood they were lost in the moss...
and since then she has 9 eggs that were either eaten or written off. So she must be low on food reserves.

Well she finished the tray of raw honey I gave her, so I topped up her dish and added a gummy piece of cricket, which she happily chewed after spraying it with fomic acid.
Hope she lays more and avoids eating her eggs.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808
Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#924 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 15 2018 - 10:15 PM

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larvae brood boosting has been a bit hit and miss for these Rhytidoponera aspera, even if they feed themselves.

Seems like the colony and queen never really feed them, unless I dump the food directly onto the larvae

 

 

Rhytidoponera cf aspera queen 8-9mm queen
16mm Test tube - in small outworld
5 eggs, 1 brood boost larvae, 2 brood boost cocoon

 

She laid 4 more eggs. And today I gave her a second cocoon from the gamergate colony.

So she is getting there and will soon have 2 helpers :)
 

 

Rhytidoponera aspera Gamergate colony
20mm Test tube with aquarium filter wool dam, cardboard floor substrate.
7 workers - 2 maybe more as Gamergate queens, 5+ brood boost larvae.

 

Only has 5 brood boost larvae from the 30 or so they had.

2 cocooned which I gave to the R.aspera queen. So only seven of 30 made it... 2 are cocooning now

 

 


Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808
Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#925 Offline CoolColJ - Posted Today, 3:26 AM

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Polyrhachis rufifemur 9mm queen
16mm test tube - heat cable
1 nanitic, 1 cocoon, 2 medium larvae, 4hatched eggs, 1 larvae Camponotus larvae

 

A cocoon has been spun - not sure who, but I think it may be the rufifemur larvae due to the size :)

The other, Camponotus larvae, is about the length of the queen now

 

I can rest easy now, if the nanitic dies, the queen will have at least 1 regular size worker to help her.

 

P.rufifemur larvae cocooned before the Camponotus larvae, under the queen. So faster growing :)

 

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808
Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/






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