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Rbarreto's Ant Journal

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#41 Offline rbarreto - Posted October 6 2018 - 10:18 PM

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Sold a lot of colonies, am going to keep a bunch of my favorites and a bunch of parasitic queens. I've had to force move a lot of colonies (which I don't like doing) because even though they have been exposed to light, heating, cooling, and vibrations they refuse to move.

 

Temnothorax curvispinosus

So small....... Soon to have three workers though!

 

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Aphaenogaster picea

Looks like no hibernation for these guys yet, the queen laid decently large pile of eggs.

 

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Lasius aphidicola

Early in September I caught a bunch of these queens, I decided to place some together in groups as I've heard they do engage in pleometrosis and that in can increase the odds of a successful introduction. Turns out, it works! Then again, my introduction rate has been 100% for every aphidicola queen from this batch. The queen I've had since May had some pre thicc larvae.

 

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Lasius claviger

The old queen has a nice pile of eggs, and this new queen I caught has been successfully introduced to workers.

 

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My journal featuring:

Aphaenogaster picea

Lasius claviger

Lasius umbratus

Lasius sp. (black workers)

Lasius sp. (yellow/orange workers)

Formica pallidefulva (northern color form)

Prenolepis imparis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Temnothorax cf. curvispinosus

Tetramorium immigrans ( 2 polygynous, 1 monogynous)

 


#42 Offline Joehostile85 - Posted October 11 2018 - 5:08 AM

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What could the Lasius sp with orange workers be? Looks like Lasius flavus, but that’s eurpean and you caught yours locally?

#43 Offline Canadian anter - Posted October 11 2018 - 7:11 AM

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Lasius brevicornis and Lasius nearticus are North American flavus group
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#44 Offline rbarreto - Posted February 2 2019 - 12:47 PM

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One more month until I can finally take my ants out of hibernation! I decided to give them am extra month since they probably hibernate for much longer here in Canada than they do in the US. I'm also quite busy this month so it works out perfectly.
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My journal featuring:

Aphaenogaster picea

Lasius claviger

Lasius umbratus

Lasius sp. (black workers)

Lasius sp. (yellow/orange workers)

Formica pallidefulva (northern color form)

Prenolepis imparis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Temnothorax cf. curvispinosus

Tetramorium immigrans ( 2 polygynous, 1 monogynous)

 


#45 Offline Lazarus - Posted February 2 2019 - 3:49 PM

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I too will wait another month for mine but I did take out one of the many Formica spp. test tubes last week. One that only had 3 nanitics. I bought a variety of formanicariums off of Ebay and Amazon just around the holidays and can't wait to see how they fare with all those queens I got last year. But I do have to get to building more formicariums soon as my 2yr old Camponotus are already getting a bit too big for their current setups. I also hope to have a few small aquarium sized 'vivarium' setups I hope to have in place by summer. Lots of work to do.


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#46 Offline rbarreto - Posted February 2 2019 - 5:22 PM

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I too will wait another month for mine but I did take out one of the many Formica spp. test tubes last week. One that only had 3 nanitics. I bought a variety of formanicariums off of Ebay and Amazon just around the holidays and can't wait to see how they fare with all those queens I got last year. But I do have to get to building more formicariums soon as my 2yr old Camponotus are already getting a bit too big for their current setups. I also hope to have a few small aquarium sized 'vivarium' setups I hope to have in place by summer. Lots of work to do.


Vivariums are definitely the direction I want to head in once I get some larger more stable colonies.
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My journal featuring:

Aphaenogaster picea

Lasius claviger

Lasius umbratus

Lasius sp. (black workers)

Lasius sp. (yellow/orange workers)

Formica pallidefulva (northern color form)

Prenolepis imparis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Temnothorax cf. curvispinosus

Tetramorium immigrans ( 2 polygynous, 1 monogynous)

 


#47 Offline rbarreto - Posted February 12 2019 - 6:34 AM

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I decided to take a peak at these queens before I leave for vacation and I'm happy to report that except for one Prenolepis queen all other queens have survived! Let's hope they can survive another two week before I take them out.

My journal featuring:

Aphaenogaster picea

Lasius claviger

Lasius umbratus

Lasius sp. (black workers)

Lasius sp. (yellow/orange workers)

Formica pallidefulva (northern color form)

Prenolepis imparis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Temnothorax cf. curvispinosus

Tetramorium immigrans ( 2 polygynous, 1 monogynous)

 






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