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#1 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 8 2018 - 4:50 PM

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So I've had this queen for about 3 weeks now treating her like a Myrmica queen. She has only drank sugar water and has refused any sort of insect I've given her, but has shown interest for a short moment inspecting them. I feel that the fact she laid one egg makes me believe I'm keeping her properly so wish me luck!

 

 

Also I'd like to point out that the queens are workers and very similar in appearance.


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

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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#2 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 10 2018 - 12:49 PM

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Update 4/10/2018

 

Just laid her second egg! She constantly cleans and moves the eggs around.


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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#3 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 11 2018 - 4:46 PM

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I just caught 3 more queens, and put 2 of them in the same setup. I wasn't sure if they are polygynous, but they are doing fine together and huddle up.


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#4 Online AnthonyP163 - Posted April 11 2018 - 5:07 PM

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I just caught 3 more queens, and put 2 of them in the same setup. I wasn't sure if they are polygynous, but they are doing fine together and huddle up.

Wow, what was the weather like? where did you find them?



#5 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 11 2018 - 5:22 PM

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I just caught 3 more queens, and put 2 of them in the same setup. I wasn't sure if they are polygynous, but they are doing fine together and huddle up.

Wow, what was the weather like? where did you find them?

 

It got up to the high 60F today. I have around 20 stones slabs in my back yard along with some oak trees to create a nice soil for small arthropods. They fly threw the end of fall and come out in spring, which is when I've been catching them.


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#6 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 12 2018 - 12:47 PM

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So the first queen with eggs, I haven't seen the eggs lately. It's either she ate them or stashed them somewhere in the cotton.

 

They like raw honey!

 


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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#7 Offline VoidElecent - Posted April 12 2018 - 12:50 PM

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M. americana flying in April in Indiana?! I caught my queen around September last year!


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#8 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 12 2018 - 12:52 PM

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M. americana flying in April in Indiana?! I caught my queen around September last year!

I don't think so, they were probably foraging while I collected them. You can also still find Ponera queens.


Edited by AntsAreUs, April 12 2018 - 12:53 PM.

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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#9 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 14 2018 - 4:21 PM

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I have switched all my queens to deli cup dirt setups that I've also been using for my Ponera. Still no consistently with eggs or feeding behavior. I will update if I get anything interesting out of them.


Edited by AntsAreUs, April 18 2018 - 6:54 PM.

Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#10 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 28 2018 - 3:42 PM

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4-28-18

 

I limited myself to 3 queens because I was already taking care of a lot of semi-claustral queens. So far one queen has 4 eggs, another with 5 eggs, and one with no eggs.


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#11 Offline VoidElecent - Posted April 28 2018 - 4:24 PM

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M. americana flying in April in Indiana?! I caught my queen around September last year!

I don't think so, they were probably foraging while I collected them. You can also still find Ponera queens.

 

Ah, you're definitely right. They are semi-claustral, like Myrmica.


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#12 Offline disasterants - Posted April 30 2018 - 7:32 AM

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what's the diference between myrmica americana and myrmecia americana?



#13 Offline LC3 - Posted April 30 2018 - 10:02 AM

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what's the diference between myrmica americana and myrmecia

americana?


One is a species in the genus Myrmica, a small to medium scavenger Myrmicine ants found primarily in the Northern hemisphere and the other doesn’t exist. Although the genus Myrmecia (bulldog ants) do exist there is no species named americana. They are part of the Myrmeciinae subfamily.

This journal is about the species Myrmecina americana, part of a genus of miniscule leaf litter mite eating Myrmicine ants.

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#14 Offline disasterants - Posted May 1 2018 - 8:29 AM

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what's the diference between myrmica americana and myrmecia

americana?


One is a species in the genus Myrmica, a small to medium scavenger Myrmicine ants found primarily in the Northern hemisphere and the other doesn’t exist. Although the genus Myrmecia (bulldog ants) do exist there is no species named americana. They are part of the Myrmeciinae subfamily.

This journal is about the species Myrmecina americana, part of a genus of miniscule leaf litter mite eating Myrmicine ants.

 

thanks for the info and i did mean myrmecina americana.



#15 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 28 2018 - 6:21 PM

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Nothing really too new except I have the remaining queens that haven't died in petri dishes now. I also got to observe one of my newer queens tending her egg in a way she also breaks open mites. They prop the mites up on their gaster and rotate it around with their 2 front legs and break into it with their mandibles. Instead she was cleaning an egg with this method. Another interesting thing is all the queens I have had laid a single egg right away and carried it around before finding a nesting spot.

 


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#16 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 27 2018 - 11:40 AM

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6/27/18

 

These ants are really testing my patience. I have this new setup for one of the queens and she has a cluster of eggs still. :/

 

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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites






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