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AntsAreUs's Strumigenys pergandei Journal

strumigenys strumigenys sp. strumigenys pergandei

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#1 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 13 2018 - 8:16 PM

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I just caught a small colony of these tiny ants. They are about 1.5 mm, which in comparison Solenopsis molesta are about 1 mm. I fed them a dead silver springtail (Pogonognathellus sp.) which they did eat. I hope to find some queens after a nuptial flight later this year

 

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#2 Offline Enderz - Posted May 13 2018 - 8:58 PM

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Looks good! I hope that you can find a way to keep these little buggers. Looking forward to more updates :)


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#3 Offline LC3 - Posted May 13 2018 - 9:22 PM

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Obvious question, how many workers and how much brood :P

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#4 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 14 2018 - 12:51 PM

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Obvious question, how many workers and how much brood :P

5 workers and I didn't find any brood when I caught them.



#5 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted May 14 2018 - 1:25 PM

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Where did you catch them? what habitat? When are their flights?



#6 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 14 2018 - 2:00 PM

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Where did you catch them? what habitat? When are their flights?

I caught them underneath a stone the was on top on a slightly raised hill by approximately 2 or 3 feet. The soil was rather loose and somewhat dry to the point where I can pull on plants and pull them completely out. Rock was found around a bed of leaf litter. I didn't notice any other ants around them. This was in a deciduous forest by a river. Flights I do not know, as this is my first time seeing them.


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#7 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 14 2018 - 4:54 PM

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Here is a little video of them, though nothing special about it.

 


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#8 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted May 14 2018 - 6:20 PM

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Where did you catch them? what habitat? When are their flights?

I caught them underneath a stone the was on top on a slightly raised hill by approximately 2 or 3 feet. The soil was rather loose and somewhat dry to the point where I can pull on plants and pull them completely out. Rock was found around a bed of leaf litter. I didn't notice any other ants around them. This was in a deciduous forest by a river. Flights I do not know, as this is my first time seeing them.

 

This journal started the day that I found Strumigenys sp.  in wisconsin. I found a worker and it's the size of a Brachymyrmex depilis worker or smaller. Their small size truly perplexes me,


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#9 Offline Canadian anter - Posted May 14 2018 - 7:18 PM

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You should probably give them a smaller setup or at least one with substrate


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#10 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 14 2018 - 8:00 PM

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I did give them a piece of some rather soft wood with lots of cavities in it. I also shaped it myself a bit to hopefully get some decent viewing. Feeding them so far seems easy assuming they can live off springtails and I will feed them various kinds of springtails from my area.



#11 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 24 2018 - 3:27 PM

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5-24-18

 

Just a picture update now that I have petri dishes. I have not spotted any eggs and nothing important has happened lately.

 

Picture of their setup:

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Queen and worker looking around:

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Still haven't found them catching anything yet, though I will try to record it if I manage to.


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#12 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted May 24 2018 - 5:12 PM

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Here is my image that makes me believe they are S. pergandei:

 

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#13 Offline Martialis - Posted May 24 2018 - 6:12 PM

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I love how odd these girls look. They seem to almost belong on an alien landscape, but I guess leaf litter is basically that when you compare our size to these ants'.


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#14 Offline Leo - Posted May 28 2018 - 2:38 AM

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I had some but they died =C. Good luck


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#15 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 3 2018 - 11:39 AM

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6/3/18

 

They have died off, which I expected mostly to happen. Pretty sure the cause was from lack of hydration. Things I have learned - They do eat and lot of springtails (counted up to 26 large springtails that were chewed up) and they requires a constant high humidity no exceptions. I do think they are quite possible to keep but are very tricky to setup.


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#16 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 14 2018 - 12:04 PM

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Darn it.Strumigenys is, in my opinion, the coolest ant speicies.


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