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Sirjordanncurtis' Tetramorium immigrans colony

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#1 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 15 2018 - 9:26 AM

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I found these queens a while back on a silver Prius. All of the three apparently turned out to be fertile. I didn't want to start a journal about them until now, because I didn't want to mess them up completely even before nanitics arrived. Thankfully, these aren't very hard to maintain. One of them decided to keep part of her wings, and slice off the back end, so I guess she won't have any wing scars...

I put all three of these in the same test tube, since I didn't have enough for them to all be together. They are known to be polygynous in the founding stages, but I hope there won't be any fighting among them afterwards.

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I always take really awful photos during the founding stage... sorry. That's them the 4th day since capture.

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I took these pictures on July 16th. They have around 25 or so workers now (nanitics), and I'm surprised that none of the queens have been killed - yet. They have quite a bit of brood still here.



#2 Offline AntsMaryland - Posted July 15 2018 - 12:19 PM

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I found these queens a while back on a silver Prius. All of the three apparently turned out to be fertile. I didn't want to start a journal about them until now, because I didn't want to mess them up completely even before nanitics arrived. Thankfully, these aren't very hard to maintain. One of them decided to keep part of her wings, and slice off the back end, so I guess she won't have any wing scars...

I put all three of these in the same test tube, since I didn't have enough for them to all be together. They are known to be polygynous in the founding stages, but I hope there won't be any fighting among them afterwards.

.cVVxnWwl.jpg

I always take really awful photos during the founding stage... sorry. That's them the 4th day since capture.

cIkqIrT.jpg

H0BGp7s.jpg

7RlLTQB.jpg

I took these pictures on July 16th. They have around 25 or so workers now (nanitics), and I'm surprised that none of the queens have been killed - yet. They have quite a bit of brood still here.

Wow! Lucky! This sounds promising. Fingers crossed :D

 

Please keep us updated.



#3 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 15 2018 - 1:43 PM

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Wow! Lucky! This sounds promising. Fingers crossed :D

 

Please keep us updated.

 

 

Lol, they're pretty much an invasive species here. There were around 150 queens on the car. I just grabbed the fattest ones I could find.



#4 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted July 15 2018 - 5:14 PM

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They don't really displace other native species though. In my area they are naturalized, and I have never seen them kill any species but each other and argentines.

Then again, they are technically invasive ;).

#5 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 26 2018 - 5:23 PM

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Update:

I've been feeding them some sugar and fruit flies recently. Also attempted to create a makeshift outworld out of a plastic container, but some of the workers escaped. Don't really want to stress them out too much when I feed them, but they also always crowd around the tiny hole in the outworld, which makes feeding them extremely difficult. Side happy note: still 3 queens, also noticed some more balanced and larger workers near the brood, so this might be the ending of the nanitic batch.

 

 


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#6 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 26 2018 - 5:57 PM

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Disclaimer: for those of you who have questions as to why dermy liked the previous post, I plead the fifth



#7 Offline Enderz - Posted July 27 2018 - 2:49 AM

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Disclaimer: for those of you who have questions as to why dermy liked the previous post, I plead the fifth

Dermy showed me, good luck out there little guy :lol: .


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Dorymyrmex insanus is superior to all others. 

Vive le roi!  I am a staunch traditionalist-conservative.






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