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Ok, so I caught this colony in the hollow of a dead branch. Nothing too special so far, just moving under the larger pieces of wood in their setup. I would say they have around 70-80 workers and just as much brood. I don't think any of the pupa are alate pupa but they did have a small pile of eggs which could eventually turn into alates. I have watched them hunt down springtails. They simply approach the springtail slowly after sensing it several millimeters away and then latch on the legs and sting it. After about 10 seconds the springtail is completely immobile and therefor dead as it gets carried back to the colony.
I may try and get pictures or videos on the process of hunting some other time. Here is them moving into their setup for now:
So jealous... also, a woman found a virgin queen and several males on her car in fall.
Yea, I knew they fly in fall, like most other cryptic forest inhabitants. I just wanted to know exactly when they fly in my area. Such as the last 2 weeks of August for example (not the actual flight time).
Posted July 11 2018 - 8:53 AM
I made a small video to show off their foraging habits upon springtails. It is quite amazing to watch and I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I do. Also helps anyone who has looked through documents of Strumigenys to visualize what they were talking about in their foraging habits. Basically they will sense a springtail nearby and very slowly approach them until they are in bite range of their leg or antennae. They may also wait in one spot and wait for a springtail to walk over them in order to snap at them. The whole process may only take about 10-15 seconds and isn't always successful as seen in the video.
As they currently stand, I can confidently say they have over 100 workers now. The queen has been busy laying eggs recently although the workers stand over them so I can't get a good photo. They also have what looks to be a male alate and some more alate pupa.