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Ants4fun's Ants (Updated 2/9/2018)

laius alienus neoniger flavus camponotus pennsylvanicus brachymermex solenopsis molesta

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#1 Offline Ants4fun - Posted August 7 2018 - 7:34 AM

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August- Found this Lasius cf. alienus queen around May in my garden bed. Probably disturbed her founding chamber. I estimate she has about 20 workers.

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Found a couple small camponotus colonies.


September- Collected many Lasius queens, a few Solenopsis molesta, and a couple Brachymermex queens.


Edited by Ants4fun, February 9 2019 - 2:36 PM.


#2 Offline Ants4fun - Posted January 30 2019 - 11:56 AM

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Ladius c.f. alienus

This colony went out of hibernation yesterday. Due to some hydration issues late last year, half the colony died. So they have about 25 workers, and a group of larvae they hibernated with. With workers pulling on the cotton, I gave them an outworld lined with an olive oil barrier.


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Camponotus colonies didn't do too well in hibernation. Their down to two workers each, along with a few larvae.

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#3 Offline Ants4fun - Posted February 9 2019 - 2:24 PM

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Lasius alienus - This colony is doing well. Their larvae are growing like crazy and the largest are just starting to pupate. The queen just laid a brand new batch of eggs as well.  Although they are a little ways away from needing a formicarium; when they do I'll most likely move them into a homemade firebrick nest. 

 

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Lasius flavus? I'm excited about these guys. Found them last August. Over a dozen of these queens. These seemed to do well together. Now, they have a whole bunch of eggs. Hopefully, they will grow exponentially. This might easily become my largest colony since I had to rehouse all my adult colonies when I moved.

 

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Other Lasius neoniger? queens: I have a couple single queens and a double queen test tube. Double queen has a lot of brood.

 

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Camponotus pennsylvanicus - Unfortunately one queen, and a worker from her colony died. So, I gave the remaining worker and larvae to the other colony. This colony now has three workers. The queen just laid six eggs. I think I startled them into eating their smaller larvae one time, so I'll try to be more careful with these guys. Hopefully, I can get some more of these guys. We have plenty of firewood waiting to get burnt to a crisp that I know has some carpenter ant colonies as well as some Aephenogaster colonies I will collect come spring time.

 

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Solenopsis molesta - This 4 queen colony has quite a bit of brood. Never had a colony of these guys so, hopefully, they will do good.

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Brachymyrmex - found this queen last fall. She has a couple eggs. She is super tiny, so we'll see how well she does.

 

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#4 Offline Ants4fun - Posted February 20 2019 - 9:05 AM

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Brachymermex - This queen laid more eggs. She seems to be doing good.

Solenopsis molesta - trying to move these queens to a test tube with water in it, but they don't want to budge. I noticed they have some larvae.

Lasius flavus? More likely nearcticus. A few queens have died. The rest seem lethargic and uninterested in eggs and larvae. They all seem just sit there until they die. No changes have been made, so I'm unsure why this is happening. They were doing pretty well until a day or two ago. Not ruling out a possible disease or fungus.

Lasius alienus- this colony should be getting a new batch of workers in a week's time. Plenty of eggs as well.

Camponotus pennsylvanicus - moving this colony into a different setup.

Edited by Ants4fun, February 20 2019 - 9:13 AM.






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