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#1 Offline WanderAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 4:47 AM

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July 14, 2018

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I got this founding colony with 4 workers, 4 pupae, and a clutch of eggs from another ant keeper. They came in a larger than normal tube which was very wide, and I planned to change out for a smaller test tube. This is the largest species I will be keeping, the Queen is about 14-15mm and the largest species of ant I have at the moment


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#2 Offline DaveJay - Posted July 30 2018 - 5:49 AM

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Very nice!

#3 Offline WanderAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 7:23 AM

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July 16, 2018

 

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So I decided to put the tube in a clear rectangular polystryene container measuring 8-1/4" x 3-1/2" x 3-1/4" h, thinking it would make it easier to feed this small colony. Unfortunately they decided to move into their new outworld, but it gave me the chance to realize that a fifth worker(hiding under the queen) had eclsoed within the two days I had them in my care. At the time I was still waiting to get test tubes to give them a comfier home.


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#4 Offline WanderAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 7:37 AM

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July 19, 2018

 

I had cleaned out and changed both the cotton and water in their wide tube the day earlier hoping they would go back inside and when I decided to check on them I realized that another worker has eclosed. I was able to get a short video of my new worker being groomed by her fellow sisters, the fifth worker can be seen out of focus in the background in the out world. 


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#5 Offline WanderAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 12:05 PM

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July 24, 2018

 

 

So I checked in on them after five days and was happy to see that the queen was staying put inside the tube, even though it's so wide. But I did catch a worker running around holding the brood pile, which worries me that they'll leave their tube again. Somewhere in those five days I also had another worker eclosed, which I noticed because there were only two pupae under the queen.


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#6 Offline WanderAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 12:42 PM

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July 25, 2018

 

 

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Unfortunately just a day later and they've decided they like the out world over their tube, I believe it's because they're trying to get to the warmth coming from below the clear box. I'm waiting for my test tubes to get delivered so I can so I can switch out the obscenely wide tube for something more appropriate


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#7 Offline WanderAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 5:15 PM

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July 28, 2018

 

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So I decided to take a quick peek in on them and once again saw they were in the out world, luckily the test tubes had come in the day before. So I took out their big tube and gave them a tube that I connected an acrylic elbow onto. Happy to report they took to it immediately

 


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#8 Offline WanderAnts - Posted November 1 2018 - 5:38 PM

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General Update:

 

So around early August my colony made it to 10 workers, so I decided moved them into a vertical mini hearth from THA. Since that point, I've made sure they have honey in their feeder, and I've provided them with a whole super worm every two days. 

 

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A worker eclosing on September 14th

 

A video I got of a worker being eclosed on September 28, 2018

 

A video I took on October 9, 2018, where there's a notable difference in the sizes of the worker force in my small colony whose numbers are around 25-30 at this point.


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#9 Offline WanderAnts - Posted January 23 2019 - 6:42 PM

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November 2018- January 2019

 

This was in November, just a short video of a larva being groomed. The worker count at this point was in the area of 30-40 ants not many more than in October.

 

This was on the 1st of December and a wider shot to show how they are beginning to blanket the floor of their mini hearth, the worker count is somewhere around 50-60

 

 

These videos were taken at the beginning of January shortly after a move into a THA Fortress and a population boom that left the worker total closer to 75-80


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#10 Offline Mdrogun - Posted January 23 2019 - 7:23 PM

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Nice colony! Can't wait to see the bigger majors :)


Edited by Mdrogun, January 23 2019 - 7:29 PM.

Ready for Nuptial flights!


#11 Offline WanderAnts - Posted January 23 2019 - 7:47 PM

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Nice colony! Can't wait to see the bigger majors :)

Thank you, you should like the next post
https://imgur.com/a/4cwZFBi

Edited by WanderAnts, January 23 2019 - 7:48 PM.






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