Good news re Pheidole antipodum queens!
I found someone who caught a lot of queens!
I'm going to try get 12 of them - 2x3, 2x2 and 2 single setups - hopefully to finally get a colony or two out of this
Did not expect them to fly in November 22nd!
Girl works at Alice Springs Desert Park, in the Northern territory, so nice and arid there
They had 38mm rain two days ago, so a lot is out, she also found two trap jaw queens
Probably more rain dependant than season, in the desert
From the experience of another person, they do at least snuggle up to one another when in the same test tube
AT least from the same area and flight.
So They could be polygynous
She caught some drones as well.
But they are not mating.
They were captured mid flight off the ground, so hopefully all are fertile, before sunset
Edited by CoolColJ, November 23 2018 - 3:09 PM.
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies... Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/
Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/