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AntsAreUs's Strumigenys pergandei Journal


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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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Edited by AntsAreUs, May 18 2018 - 5:52 PM.

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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            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

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Earthworms (for making my own soil)

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#2 Offline EnderzATwar411 - 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 :)


Colonies

 

Camponotus vicinus queens w/ pupae (newer ones have eggs/larvae only)

 

19 Formica francoeuri queens (with eggs only)

 

Very small mealworm "colony" (no beetles yet only pupae)


#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.


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            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

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Earthworms (for making my own soil)

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#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?


Colonies:

 

Queens:

  • Camponotus caryaeJournal
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus Journal
  • Formica subsericea
  • Lasius cf. claviger (Hibernating; No Host Colony)
  • Myrmecina americana  —  Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis x6 —  Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans x26  —  Journal

 

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii x2
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#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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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            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

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Earthworms (for making my own soil)

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#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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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            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

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Earthworms (for making my own soil)

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#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.


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            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

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Earthworms (for making my own soil)

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#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.


Edited by AntsAreUs, May 24 2018 - 3:31 PM.

Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            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

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Earthworms (for making my own soil)

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#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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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            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

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Earthworms (for making my own soil)

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#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'.



#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.


Edited by AntsAreUs, June 3 2018 - 11:39 AM.

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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            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

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Earthworms (for making my own soil)

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#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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