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leo's carebara diversa journal Updated 10/03/19


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#1 Offline Leo - Posted September 2 2018 - 12:56 AM

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30/8/18

 

caught 15 queens during a massive nuptial flight after a tropical rainstorm. 3 queens near my apartment and the rest at school. However, they are already only down to 10 queens. Most of them are in different setups just to try. a few have laid eggs, can't tell with a few that are in tiny chambers.


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#2 Offline CoolColJ - Posted September 2 2018 - 12:59 AM

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Woah.Do you have dirt in all setups?


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#3 Offline Leo - Posted September 2 2018 - 1:15 AM

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yes, some is clay powder.



#4 Offline Major - Posted September 2 2018 - 7:42 AM

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Pics?
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#5 Offline Zeiss - Posted September 2 2018 - 12:43 PM

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Pics?

I convinced him to post some when talking to him in chat last night, so hopefully they come soon.



#6 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted September 2 2018 - 3:27 PM

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#7 Offline Zeiss - Posted September 2 2018 - 3:41 PM

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I'm following this journal!

You should use the spoiler feature for your signature, it doesn't need to be that long.  You use this by typing "[.spoiler.] insert information here [./spoiler.]"; just remove the periods to get the code to work.  

 

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#8 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted September 3 2018 - 2:16 AM

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I'm following this journal!

You should use the spoiler feature for your signature, it doesn't need to be that long. You use this by typing "[.spoiler.] insert information here [./spoiler.]"; just remove the periods to get the code to work.

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Yeah, way too long, I'll fix that, thanks for the suggestion!
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#9 Offline Leo - Posted September 3 2018 - 3:00 AM

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3/9/18

 

After constant bugging from zeiss, I finally got some time for pictures!

 

queen 1

 

queen 1

queen 3

queen 4

queen 5

queen 6

queen 7

queen 8

queen 9

 

There is also a queen in this box of dirt and random stuff, not sure if she is still living.


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#10 Offline Zeiss - Posted September 3 2018 - 3:03 AM

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Instead of periods, you have to use brackets [ & ].  

 

Good luck with them!  These are awesome.



#11 Offline CoolColJ - Posted September 3 2018 - 3:07 AM

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That green substrate looks like cow poo :)

 

How big are the queens , 2cm?


Edited by CoolColJ, September 3 2018 - 3:08 AM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#12 Offline Leo - Posted September 3 2018 - 3:32 AM

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yeah about that size.

 

 

Also some random pictures on ants that I don't keep journals on.

 

messor orientalis

 

Camponotus pseudoirritans

 

colobopsis sp

 

pheidole sp

 

unidentified ponerine species



#13 Offline Nare - Posted September 3 2018 - 8:48 AM

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Have you had one bite you? I could feel when one of my Lasius queens nipped me, I imagine a bite from one of these would be somewhat painful.


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#14 Offline Leo - Posted September 3 2018 - 4:43 PM

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I hurts a lot. Not like the "I'm gonna dieee" pain but more like " ow, ow, ow, ow" Not to mention they won't let go once they latch onto you.


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#15 Offline Leo - Posted October 5 2018 - 6:06 PM

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6/10/18

 

At least one of these has a few workers now. Since I only have visibility on one of the queens, it is hard to tell if the others are even ALIVE. The on that I can see though, has 1 ADORABLE worker. It is sooooooooo tiny compared to the queen. The other workers should be on their way. I gave a few queens away. So now I'm left with about 3 queens.


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#16 Offline Leo - Posted October 26 2018 - 6:15 PM

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27/10/18

 

I moved the visible queen into a boiling tube for better visibility. she wasn't too happy with that, but she managed. For some odd reason, she only has 3 workers. When their first worker batches should have around 20-30 workers.



#17 Offline Leo - Posted November 17 2018 - 6:09 PM

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18/11/18

 

I am currently down to 1 queen, the rest are all seemingly inactive, dead, or infertile. This queen has workers but she is progressing hilariously slowly. Carebara are seen to rival solenopsis in growth speed, but she currently only has 8 workers, even after around a month. She is still big and clumsy, but her next batch of workers should be arriving soon. She however, has a very stable egg production rate. Not a lot of eggs, but eggs nonetheless. Hopefully she'll speed up a bit soon.



#18 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 17 2018 - 9:36 PM

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maybe too cold?


Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/

#19 Offline Leo - Posted November 17 2018 - 11:11 PM

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I don't have a heating cable, cuz I'm broke.  :*(



#20 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 20 2019 - 7:37 AM

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How are they doing? Aren't they supposed to be really fast growing?
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, 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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