I can officially say that the queen is digging her own chamber in some clay/sand mix from a nearby river that I have pressed against the side of her setup. I have added 2 different millipedes, one being a very common flat backed millipede found throughout mesic habitats here (I believe Oxidus gracilis). The smaller millipedes I suspect to be subterranean (Blaniulus guttulatus) and are very, very small. It sure would be great if the queen laid eggs but it seems I'm having more fun introducing random arthropods to see how they interact with each other. I might end up removing the flat back millipedes as they get pretty big for this setup. Right now they are just nymphs from eggs laid in my compost bin.
List of centipedes I plan on trying as prey:
- Scolopocryptops sexspinosus
- Lithobius sp.
- Scutigera coleoptrata
- Strigamia bothriopus
- Geophilus sp.
- Geophilus vittatus
These are all of the ones that I have recognized, some are definitely more common than others. Strigamia bothriopus being the rarest of them all (likely due to subterranean habits?).
Note - I will not be feeding these centipedes alive as they can easily kill the queen. I've tested this with workers and I'm just taking precautions.
Edited by AntsAreUs, August 18 2018 - 7:30 PM.
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