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AntsAreUs's Strumigenys pilinasis Journal

strumigenys strumigenys sp. strumigenys pilinasis

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#1 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 18 2018 - 4:12 PM

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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:

 


Edited by AntsAreUs, July 14 2018 - 2:37 PM.

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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            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

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

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 ponerinecat - Posted June 18 2018 - 5:06 PM

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Strumigenys! My favorite! Good luck with these guys.



#3 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 18 2018 - 5:32 PM

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Strumigenys! My favorite! Good luck with these guys.

Honestly the main reason I'm keeping them is to find when they get alates. This way I can try and catch queens and attempt the founding of their colonies.


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            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

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

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


#4 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted June 18 2018 - 8:21 PM

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Strumigenys! My favorite! Good luck with these guys.

Honestly the main reason I'm keeping them is to find when they get alates. This way I can try and catch queens and attempt the founding of their colonies.

 

A keeper in Nebraska found a mated queen in March.



#5 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 18 2018 - 8:48 PM

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Strumigenys! My favorite! Good luck with these guys.

Honestly the main reason I'm keeping them is to find when they get alates. This way I can try and catch queens and attempt the founding of their colonies.

 

A keeper in Nebraska found a mated queen in March.

 

Walking around or inside a log or something? I wouldn't be surprised if it was a queen from a previous years flight.


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            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

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

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


#6 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted June 18 2018 - 9:10 PM

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Strumigenys! My favorite! Good luck with these guys.

Honestly the main reason I'm keeping them is to find when they get alates. This way I can try and catch queens and attempt the founding of their colonies.

 

A keeper in Nebraska found a mated queen in March.

 

Walking around or inside a log or something? I wouldn't be surprised if it was a queen from a previous years flight.

 

He found her in the forest I believe.



#7 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 1 2018 - 1:43 PM

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7/1/18

 

These are doing surprisingly great! I didn't see many foraging so I thought something bad happened. I would only assume that they are well fed because of this.

 

Look at all that brood. :D

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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            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

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

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 ponerinecat - Posted July 1 2018 - 2:03 PM

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So jealous... also, a woman found a virgin queen and several males on her car in fall.



#9 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 1 2018 - 2:12 PM

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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).


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            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

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

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


#10 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted July 1 2018 - 6:50 PM

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Arrgghh, so jealous! Good luck thougj, I have yet to find another colony of this genus again...
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Current colonies-

 

- 2 Camponotus chromaoides

- 1 Aphaenogaster sp. colony

- 1 Crematogaster colony

- 1 Strumigenys colony :yahoo:  :dance:  :dance2: 

 

Species checklist(ants found so far)-

- Aphaenogaster teneseensis

- Aphaenogaster picea

- Aphaenogaster sp.

- Brachymyrmex patagonicus

- Camponotus castaneus

- Camponotus chromaoides

- Camponotus nearcticus

- Camponotus pennsylvanicus

- Camponotus subbarbatus

- Colobopsis impressus(dead queen... :*(

- Crematogaster sp.

- Formica pallidefulva

- Formica sanguinea

- Formica subsericea

- Hypoponera sp.

- Lasius claviger

- Lasius umbratus

- Lasius neoniger

- Lasius sp.

- Monomorium minimum

- Myrmica sp.

- Nylanderia flavipes

- Pheidole morrisi

- Pheidole bicarinata

- Pheidole dentata(all pheidole found were workers only :( )

- Ponera pennsylvanica

- Prenolepis imparis

- Strumigenys rostrata

‚Äč- Stigmatomma pallipes :dance2:  :dance:

- Tetramorium immigrans

- Tapinoma sessile

 

Queens/colonies to Look for-

- Pheidole

- Trachymyrmex septentrionalis

- Polyergus

- Dolichoderus

- Myrmica

- Stigmatomma pallipes


#11 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 11 2018 - 8:53 AM

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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.

 

 


Edited by AntsAreUs, July 11 2018 - 8:58 AM.

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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            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

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

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 Yesterday, 12:53 PM

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7/19/18

 

They have alate pupa now! They are still laying eggs too I guess. Still doing great.

 


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            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

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

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 ponerinecat - Posted Yesterday, 6:45 PM

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So jealous... they seem to be doing much better than your last try.







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