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Dspdrew's Prenolepis imparis Journal [228] (Updated 8-24-2018)

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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted March 17 2018 - 3:46 AM

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3-17-2018
 
I traded a few queens of various species with YsTheAnt for 13 Prenolepis imparis queens. These queens were found in the afternoon on 1-31-2018 in Cupertino, California.

 

I was told most of them didn't lay eggs for the first month or so, but some of them do have small piles of eggs now, and looking at them under a microscope, I can see they are turning into larvae, so that's good.
 

I put three of them in some #4 Dirt Boxes, five in small starter formicariums, and the rest in test tubes.

 

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#2 Offline EthanNgo678 - Posted April 4 2018 - 5:44 AM

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Any pupa yet? I heard they are slow growing. So i'm wondering.



#3 Offline Civz - Posted April 10 2018 - 11:34 PM

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How are these girls doing for you? I'm founding 7 in test tubes right now, started about a month after yours



#4 Offline anttics - Posted April 11 2018 - 9:35 AM

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these are fully coastal queens. if so how can they still lay eggs and eat no food for 2 months. it's amazing.

#5 Offline Civz - Posted April 11 2018 - 11:49 AM

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They feed off the muscles they no longer need for flight. It’s pretty neat!

#6 Offline anttics - Posted April 11 2018 - 12:08 PM

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it surprises me that a queen can make appear out of thin air 5 or more nanitics ants. with out any food in a month. never heard of one for 2 month in claustral stage.

#7 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted April 11 2018 - 2:34 PM

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Update?



#8 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted April 11 2018 - 3:14 PM

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They probably don't have anything more than larvae yet. Mine don't have pupae, and they are at the same state as his. These are so slow growing...

#9 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted April 16 2018 - 6:42 AM

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I haven't been able to find any journals of people who report completely successful colonies past the first year :(



#10 Offline Apex - Posted April 30 2018 - 3:47 PM

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update? My prenolepis have larvae!



#11 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted April 30 2018 - 4:05 PM

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Hm... mine seem to have moved their eggs around a lot. I'm kind of mad, because I found that a wild colony already had nanitics



#12 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 19 2018 - 7:57 AM

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Update 5-19-2018
 
One of these queens finally got its first worker.

 

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I have another queen that is not far behind. As for the rest, a couple have some eggs, but nothing else.


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#13 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted May 19 2018 - 11:35 AM

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Nice! All of my queens still have eggs...


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#14 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 27 2018 - 8:45 PM

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Update 6-27-2018
 
A couple weeks ago, all these queens decided to lay a bunch more eggs, almost all the same day too.

 

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I now have two colonies with workers, and a few more with lots of brood.


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#15 Offline Superant33 - Posted June 28 2018 - 5:17 AM

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Nice pics

#16 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted June 28 2018 - 7:29 AM

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These make huge 'repletes' if you give them hummingbird nectar, one of my colonies has one that has a gaster twice the size of it's body.

#17 Offline EthanNgo678 - Posted August 18 2018 - 6:12 PM

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updater?



#18 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted August 18 2018 - 7:48 PM

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How did the ones in dirt formicaria do?



#19 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 24 2018 - 12:28 AM

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Update 8-24-2018
 
I'm down to three colonies and one queen that has not produced anything. The three colonies are doing pretty good, with the largest having about 20 workers.

 

This colony finally dug a tiny tunnel up to the surface where they found a liquid feeder. As you can see, they've all gorged themselves with sugar water.

 

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#20 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted August 24 2018 - 1:53 PM

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I have successfully combined colonies of these, might want to give it a shot. No garuntees it'll work though.





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