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AntsAreUs's Temnothorax schaumii Journal

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#1 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 5 2018 - 1:20 PM

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So first off, I collected this small colony of 2 queens and 5 workers off of an oak tree in my yard. The colony likely had at least 1 more queen and more workers, but they were so lodged into the bark that I couldn't get them. I haven't seen them feeding at all yet, they have been full since I collected them. Just last night and today they have laid a few eggs! I'd say them laying eggs is a sign that I should start a journal on them especially considering I haven't found anything on keeping this species.

 


Edited by AntsAreUs, June 26 2018 - 7:27 AM.

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#2 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 5 2018 - 3:15 PM

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Jealous. I have been looking for Temnothorax forever.



#3 Online AntsMaryland - Posted April 5 2018 - 3:21 PM

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Jealous. I have been looking for Temnothorax forever.

Just go around get lost in the woods and you'll find some :P (joke, wouldn't recommend it...)

 

If you want to get some. Find a foresty area, preferably with oak trees, look for some acorns with a small little hole in them. Looks like it's been drilled. And the likelihood is it's a Temnothorax colony.


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#4 Offline WeatherAnt - Posted April 5 2018 - 7:19 PM

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Awesome! I'd occasionally see Temnothorax schaumii workers in my yard but I've never seen a whole colony. The curvispinosus version was way more common, I'd see a lot of those. But these are real cool. Love the sleek and solid black look they've got. 



#5 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 1 2018 - 3:15 PM

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5-1-18

 

Got a nice egg pile started

 


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#6 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 3 2018 - 11:41 AM

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6/3/18

 

They recently ate all their brood again. Not sure why they do this but nothing has died yet.


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#7 Offline LC3 - Posted June 3 2018 - 11:45 AM

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Maybe they are not use to how open and spacious test tubes are?


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#8 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 3 2018 - 11:52 AM

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Maybe they are not use to how open and spacious test tubes are?

I can try moving them into a much smaller tube.



#9 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 7 2018 - 11:45 AM

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Well in attempts to recover their brood, I fed them some egg yolk. They definitely needed it it seems.

 

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#10 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted June 7 2018 - 12:24 PM

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I've always liked this species, glad to see someone is keeping them.



#11 Offline Canadian anter - Posted June 7 2018 - 2:40 PM

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I've found that Temnothorax eat surprisingly large amounts of food. More than larger species even.



#12 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 30 2018 - 3:30 PM

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They are doing fine I guess. They now have a good amount of brood and larva. Also sorry ahead of time, their tube is in due for a change for sure.

 

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#13 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 7 2018 - 6:32 PM

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The brood is growing decently fast. Looks like 1 of the larva is getting ready to pupate soon. 1 worker has died, likely from age.

 

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#14 Offline neoponera - Posted November 23 2018 - 1:52 PM

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update?


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