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#1 Offline Silvak - Posted July 3 2018 - 3:26 PM

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Hi all!

It's been a couple of years since I was on here last and even then not for very long. I lived in the Phoenix area and had a hard time finding a founding queen so my interest waned. (Ok, I actually found one queen but she had flown late and didn't last long.) Anyway, I just moved last month to the Tri-Cities area (Kennewick, Richland, Pasco) and found a queen in my backyard a couple of weeks ago! Since I had no clue what species it is or even if she was mated I stuck her in a tube and checked on her every few days. This last time I noticed some larvae so she's clearly quite determined.

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Any help with an ID would be appreciated but she's kind of nervous so getting pics has been tricky, plus I'm trying not to stress her too much.


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#2 Offline Nare - Posted July 3 2018 - 3:37 PM

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She looks like Tetramorium immigrans.


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#3 Offline Silvak - Posted July 3 2018 - 8:09 PM

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I think you're right and I don't think I could have asked for a more ideal species. My 5 year old son has been a little too skittish around bugs so a quicker growing colony might keep his attention better and give me the chance to show him they aren't to be feared.



#4 Offline Nare - Posted July 4 2018 - 5:55 AM

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I think you're right and I don't think I could have asked for a more ideal species. My 5 year old son has been a little too skittish around bugs so a quicker growing colony might keep his attention better and give me the chance to show him they aren't to be feared.

Yeah, I have a colony of them that's just about a year old. They're tons of fun, and their population has really started to take off this year.


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#5 Offline Silvak - Posted July 27 2018 - 9:39 AM

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Just checked on the queen since last week and was greeted by a bunch of new faces.
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3 little workers, a fourth is still darkening, and at least two pupa who look like they'll be ready in the next couple of days. They've clearly got a solid start so now I'll need to think about what comes next. First foods, and housing and stuff. Now that there are some workers I was thinking about maybe giving a tiny drop of honey, mostly as a birthday present, and if that goes well maybe a fruit fly or house fly part in a couple of days. I know they probably don't need anything quite yet but I think I may have crushed some eggs getting the queen from the capture container into the test tube so her reserves might be a lower than they should be at this point which is making me slightly cautious.

Note: They've been in the basement which is a few degrees colder than the rest of the house which is kept around 78.



#6 Offline Silvak - Posted July 31 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Gave them their first food today, just a drop of honey water. We had so much fun watching them venture away from the brood area and find it. My 5 year old loved it. In hindsight the drop might have been a little too big given the size of the nanitics. They're also up to 8 workers now with only one or two still darkening. Now I'm on the hunt for a fly in the next day or two, if not then it will be a seed or breadcrumb. I'm also going to try and acclimate them to a bit more light and some vibration. They're on my monitor stand with some paper around most of the tube with just the foil tray showing.

 

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