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Ponera pennsylvanica Questions

ponera pennsylvanica ponera queen diet founding semi-claustral questions polygynous

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#1 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted September 7 2018 - 2:24 AM

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A few days ago, I caught two Ponera pennsylvanica queens. All I know about their diet so far is that they are mostly predatory and supposedly don't like sweets. I've tried giving them pre-killed fruit flies (the only feeder insect I currently have available), but they ignored them. Has anyone raised this species before and have recommendations on what they might eat?

 

EDIT:

One of the queens accepted a live fruit fly larvae just now.

 

I have a couple more questions that just popped into mind. 1) I remember hearing that they do better in setups with dirt. Should I give them a petri dish setup, or would adding some substrate to their test tube work? 2) AntWiki says they are polygynous. Can anyone confirm this? If so, I'd like to try mixing the queens.


Edited by Mettcollsuss, September 7 2018 - 5:19 AM.

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Current Colonies:

  • Aphaenogaster rudis x4 — Journal
  • Camponotus caryae — Journal
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus — Journal
  • Formica pallidefulva — Journal
  • Formica subsericea x3 — Journal
  • Lasius cf. americanus
  • Lasius cf. neoniger — Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis — Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans — Journal

Queens:

  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
  • Crematogaster cf. lineolata Journal
  • Lasius sp. x2
  • Myrmica sp.

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#2 Offline noebl1 - Posted September 7 2018 - 4:00 AM

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I had a queen last year I was keeping, made it thru hibernation, but died during the summer.  She initially would only take live fruit flies and gnats (she would actively hunt them).  Later she started to accept dead foods such as mosquitos and other small insects.


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#3 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted September 7 2018 - 5:47 AM

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I got several queens to raise workers inside a soil setup and living off springtails. They are quite simple ants. They are NOT polygynous in the founding stage and I'm unsure how colonies become polygynous. It may be secondary polygyny with smaller gynes as queens are quite aggressive towards each other. As for their diet, they are scavengers/small arthropod predators in the soil. They can feed upon dipterans, diplurans, and collembolans or even centipedes and symphylans. I've found a group of around 50 workers surrounding a dead earthworm, so maybe they consume those too?


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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#4 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted September 7 2018 - 1:33 PM

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I got several queens to raise workers inside a soil setup and living off springtails. They are quite simple ants. 

By soil setup, do you mean a tube w/ soil, a petri dish, etc.?

 

How do I set one up?


Current Colonies:

  • Aphaenogaster rudis x4 — Journal
  • Camponotus caryae — Journal
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus — Journal
  • Formica pallidefulva — Journal
  • Formica subsericea x3 — Journal
  • Lasius cf. americanus
  • Lasius cf. neoniger — Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis — Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans — Journal

Queens:

  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
  • Crematogaster cf. lineolata Journal
  • Lasius sp. x2
  • Myrmica sp.

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#5 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted September 7 2018 - 2:18 PM

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I have had these recently. The colonies I had had between 2-5 queens each. They LOVE small live foods like crickets or baby mealworms. They sipped honey every once in awhile, but for the most part ignored fruits. The number of eggs grew extremely quickly for the five queen colony.
Keeper of: 3x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Temenothorax sp., x2 Subterranean termites. (Most of my colonies died.:*()

#6 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted September 7 2018 - 4:48 PM

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I got several queens to raise workers inside a soil setup and living off springtails. They are quite simple ants. 

By soil setup, do you mean a tube w/ soil, a petri dish, etc.?

 

How do I set one up?

 

Well I've tried all of what you described. Right now I'm preferring to use deli cups with something to absorb water at the bottom. Then you can add organic material (I use rice) to feed the springtails inside their setup.


Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites






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