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Pheidole antipodum


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#61 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 9 2019 - 8:59 PM

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The largest major so far, which is actually a medium sized major I think at 6mm, compared to the larger majors and super major has darkened further.

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I can see minor, larger minor, mini major and medium major




regular Pheidole and Carebara majors just have a big head, but these girls have muscle all over!  :o
Even the upper back is bulgey B)
 

Edited by CoolColJ, April 9 2019 - 8:59 PM.

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Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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#62 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 13 2019 - 10:05 PM

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Dual Pheidole antipodum queen, triple ride :lol:

That newly eclosed worker is so small and cute.... :yes:

 

The bottom queen has a nipped antenna, probably from a that recent minor fight to exert dominance.

That's when I noticed the queens stressing out and the workers all alarmed....

 

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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/

#63 Offline Leo - Posted April 13 2019 - 11:07 PM

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Yknow, I think my Carebara diversa has more brood right now =\



#64 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 14 2019 - 1:09 AM

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Yknow, I think my Carebara diversa has more brood right now =\

 

The dual queen colony doesn't have much they only started going recently, the single queen has a lot

like a teaspoon worth :)


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/

#65 Offline Leo - Posted April 14 2019 - 1:36 AM

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Yknow, I think my Carebara diversa has more brood right now =\

 

The dual queen colony doesn't have much they only started going recently, the single queen has a lot

like a teaspoon worth :)

 

No I mean't your largest colony



#66 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 28 2019 - 5:57 AM

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Queen 5 is getting harder to keep them inside the test tube when feeding.
They are quite aggressive and get super alarmed like meat ants!
So I have shoved a piece of balled up tissue inside the test tube to help :)
Now they guard the tissue ball instead of the cotton plug, allowing me to seal it back up eventually.

Growing well, they have enough brood to fill a tea spoon :D

Largest colony queen 5 in the foreground and queen 8 at the back.


Cheeky workers of queen 5 have dug a little chamber into the cotton dam...



Original members of dual queen setup2, queen 10 have 4 large larvae already



Queen 11, the separated queen from the above former dual colony with her small share of the brood and workers.
Has a good amount of eggs, so she will do ok.
She has one small major eclose this week.


Edited by CoolColJ, June 10 2019 - 5:17 AM.

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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/

#67 Offline CoolColJ - Posted June 10 2019 - 5:18 AM

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Queen 10 is doing well since her separation from queen 11. I can see eggs and one large larvae



Queen 11 has some new workers about to eclose, but the rest of the larvae that I pinched from her original colony look like mini majors, and I see no new eggs.
So if she hasn't laid since, that may be why she was attacked...unproductive or infertile...



Queen 5 is doing well, she has to be over 200 workers now or around there.
Unlike the smaller colonies that cover up the honey, this colony swarms any food I give them for a day, and then cleans out all the honey and most of the roach bit, and few workers keep at it for the rest of the week.

Getting harder to see the queen. Still no larger majors since that 6mm one


That tunnel they made in the water cotton... and the floating workers that got trapped in there....


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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/

#68 Offline CoolColJ - Posted June 13 2019 - 7:05 PM

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So Pheidole antipodum queen 5's colony pushed their styrofoam chamber entrance against the bit of balled up tissue I put at the front of the of the test tube yesterday

And piled most of the brood against it, and then today I see the queen hanging onto it, with workers riding her.

I was puzzled, but it looks like some condensation has formed and dripped down to the test tube bottom.

That styrofoam is also pretty chewed up now :)

 

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Edited by CoolColJ, June 13 2019 - 7:06 PM.

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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/




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