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AntsAreUs's Aphaenogaster tennesseensis Journal

aphaenogaster aphaenogaster sp. aphaenogaster tennesseensis

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

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Caught this queen a couple days ago underneath a stone slab in my backyard. I introduced 5 workers and 3 larva and some eggs from my A. rudis colony and they gathered around the queen right away. They are covering her so I couldn't get a good shot of her colorfulness. She is a deep red and has a nice set of spines.

 


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#2 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 28 2018 - 3:14 PM

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I've always wanted A. tennesseensis! Very beautiful species.



#3 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 28 2018 - 3:16 PM

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I've always wanted A. tennesseensis! Very beautiful species.

That was actually the majority of the colonies I found in my woods. They have bright yellow-orange gasters, I love them.


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#4 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 28 2018 - 3:23 PM

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I've seen A. tennesseensis workers around here, but never a queen.



#5 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted April 28 2018 - 3:31 PM

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Here is a much better pic of her:

 


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#6 Offline Enderz - Posted April 28 2018 - 3:38 PM

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Wow looks very nice, hope you can rear them to a big size!


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#7 Online FeedTheAnts - Posted April 28 2018 - 4:44 PM

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Impressive. Hands down, Aphaenogaster tennesseensis is one of my top three favorite ants. Hope they do well and that the queen gets her own workers.


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#8 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 16 2018 - 1:47 PM

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Update 5-16-18

 

Eggs have been laid and they have made a series of tunnels with pulled cotton which is pretty neat.

 

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#9 Offline Kevin - Posted May 16 2018 - 4:18 PM

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I've attempted this species before with an actual colony and queen. Everything went well all the way until the Aphaenogaster tennesseensis brood got the the pupae stage, then the host workers went rogue and killed the queen. I wish you the best of luck with this colony!


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#10 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 16 2018 - 4:22 PM

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I've attempted this species before with an actual colony and queen. Everything went well all the way until the Aphaenogaster tennesseensis brood got the the pupae stage, then the host workers went rogue and killed the queen. I wish you the best of luck with this colony!

I've actually been told that in chat, I plan on removing the host workers if anything problematic occurs.

 

EDIT - I meant after the parasitic workers arrive, my bad.


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#11 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 6 2018 - 6:15 AM

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6/6/18

 

I'd say they are progressing very nicely so far. Plenty of eggs and new A. rudis workers.

 

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#12 Offline super_oil - Posted June 6 2018 - 6:30 AM

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Awesome colony! Aphaenogaster ants always gave me a majestic vibe, I wish to keep them one day.


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#13 Offline noebl1 - Posted June 6 2018 - 6:56 AM

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Wow I love the look of these.  The "Field Guide to New England Ants" I believe has them as their cover image as well.   Last year I saw *one* Aphaenogaster drone I believe was an A. tennesseensis based on time of year flying.  I've only found A. rudis and A. picea queens so far.  

 

I also didn't realize how rapidly Aphaenogaster grow.  Once they get their first nanitic and she starts readily bringing protein, the queen starts pumping out eggs super fast.  Within a couple months there's a huge surge in workers; I wasn't expecting this.



#14 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 10 2018 - 3:10 PM

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I decided to record a video on them since there aren't too many on Youtube.

 


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#15 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 2 2018 - 1:57 PM

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They have some medium sized larva now and a cluster of eggs. I'm not sure if they are new eggs or previous eggs.

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#16 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 9 2018 - 5:41 PM

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They now have 1 A. tennesseensis pupa.

 

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#17 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 21 2018 - 1:35 PM

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They got their first worker. The queen is holding it in place for some reason.

 

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#18 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 29 2018 - 9:59 AM

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There is now 3 A. tennesseensis workers. The queen starting laying eggs again.

 

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#19 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted August 2 2018 - 5:03 PM

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The new workers are starting to forage. They love boiled egg it seems.

 

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#20 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 12 2019 - 3:23 PM

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I finaly got one of these.







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