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Scrixx's Solenopsis spp. Journal

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#1 Offline Scrixx - Posted September 11 2018 - 6:03 PM

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Scrixx's Solenopsis Journal

Hey! Welcome to my Solenopsis species journal. This will cover all my Solenopsis species which is really just two; Solenopsis molesta and Solenopsis xyloni. Both species were collected 07/23/2018 in the Lytle Creek foothills. 

 

Solenopsis molesta

I collected a few dozen queens and kept them in groups of 10 and 5s. It has been 10 weeks since then and only one test tube has workers. The 10 queen test tube has over 10 nanitics but the queen count is down to two. There were three queens last week but the workers culled one. Surprisingly, they culled the queen without wings. There is a winged queen and a wingless queen left. I'm hoping the workers keep both queens so I can have a polygynous S. molesta colony but I'm happy to have one succeed at all. I've had several dozen queens and they all failed. They couldn't even get their first worker.

 

 

 

Solenopsis xyloni

I collected these queens alongside the S. molesta. I separated most queens to single test tubes but kept one test tube with 10 queens and a second test tube with 5 queens. All the queens in the 10 queen setup died but the 5 queen setup has workers! There was a casualty though so there are only 4 queens left, it looks like she was processed by the workers so I assume she was culled. It's been almost 2 weeks since workers and all 4 queens are still alive. I'm hoping they keep all the queens but I also hope they cull at least one queen. The test tube is already looking crowded with how much 4 Solenopsis xyloni queens are producing! It's going to fill out really fast.

 

Edited by Scrixx, September 12 2018 - 9:04 AM.

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Keeping: Camponotus sansabeanus - C. vicinus - Formica francoeuri - Liometopum occidentale -  Pogonomyrmex californicus - P. rugosus - P. subnitidus - Solenopsis molesta - S. xyloni - Tapinoma sessile - Temnothorax sp.

Journals: Camponotus sansabeanus & C. vicinus | Pogonomyrmex californicus & P. rugosus | Solenopsis molesta & S. xyloni

Discontinued: Pogonomyrmex subnitidus


#2 Offline Theantguy14 - Posted September 11 2018 - 6:11 PM

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Wow you successfully got a polygamous Solenopsis xyloni colony? Great job dude!
Currently keeping:
7 queen Solenopsis Molesta colony
Formica francoeuri colony (17 workers)
Pogonomyrmex californicus queen
Myrmecocystus Mexicanus queen
Crematogaster laevicula colony (12 workers)
2 pogonomyrmex rugosus queens
2 Brachymyrmex Patagonicus queens

#3 Offline Spamdy - Posted September 11 2018 - 6:29 PM

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Posted in wrong topic, can a mod delete this?


Edited by Spamdy, September 11 2018 - 6:29 PM.

All my colonies are dead. 

 

 Except:

  

  Pogonomyrmex barbatus

  Pheidole obscurithorax

  Pheidole morens


#4 Offline Scrixx - Posted September 14 2018 - 8:43 AM

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Wow you successfully got a polygamous Solenopsis xyloni colony? Great job dude!

 

Yeah it seems like it's polygynous but we'll have to wait to see if it stands the test of time.


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Keeping: Camponotus sansabeanus - C. vicinus - Formica francoeuri - Liometopum occidentale -  Pogonomyrmex californicus - P. rugosus - P. subnitidus - Solenopsis molesta - S. xyloni - Tapinoma sessile - Temnothorax sp.

Journals: Camponotus sansabeanus & C. vicinus | Pogonomyrmex californicus & P. rugosus | Solenopsis molesta & S. xyloni

Discontinued: Pogonomyrmex subnitidus


#5 Offline Scrixx - Posted September 14 2018 - 8:47 AM

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Solenopsis molesta

The polygynous Solenopsis molesta colony did not last very long. Meaning it was not actually polygynous to begin with. The workers culled off the second living queen and exposed the true queen of the colony; the winged queen. This shows that winged queens can be fertile, and in this scenario, she was even deemed the strongest queen by the workers.

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Keeping: Camponotus sansabeanus - C. vicinus - Formica francoeuri - Liometopum occidentale -  Pogonomyrmex californicus - P. rugosus - P. subnitidus - Solenopsis molesta - S. xyloni - Tapinoma sessile - Temnothorax sp.

Journals: Camponotus sansabeanus & C. vicinus | Pogonomyrmex californicus & P. rugosus | Solenopsis molesta & S. xyloni

Discontinued: Pogonomyrmex subnitidus


#6 Offline Scrixx - Posted October 15 2018 - 5:07 PM

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Solenopsis molesta

This colony is doing incredibly well after the queen massacre. Just take a look at the photo. There's easily hundreds of eggs, larva, and pupa. They have them separated into two piles, eggs and larva in the left by the water, and pupa and larger larva towards the entrance. There's probably only around 60 workers so they must be working hard to take care of all this brood.

 

Solenopsis xyloni

My biggest colony's queen either died or was killed. This was the same colony that started with 10 queens, went down to 4 for my last post, and then one was left standing. This colony was not actually polygynous as I caught the workers killing the extra queens. They attacked all 3 extra queens at the same time. Biting, pulling, and standing on them. I saw a queen with the head removed and it was still moving. I took a video of it but I can't seem to find it. The quality wasn't very good because the tube was dirty but you can still see the extra queens being attacked. Here's the huge brood pile the queen left behind.

 

Since my largest colony had a huge brood pile, I'm going to remove all the workers and connect the tube to the new queen we will be following. She's also Solenopsis xyloni and I caught her during a hangout with my friends so we named her Hard. First queen I've ever named.

 

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Keeping: Camponotus sansabeanus - C. vicinus - Formica francoeuri - Liometopum occidentale -  Pogonomyrmex californicus - P. rugosus - P. subnitidus - Solenopsis molesta - S. xyloni - Tapinoma sessile - Temnothorax sp.

Journals: Camponotus sansabeanus & C. vicinus | Pogonomyrmex californicus & P. rugosus | Solenopsis molesta & S. xyloni

Discontinued: Pogonomyrmex subnitidus


#7 Online FSTP - Posted October 16 2018 - 7:48 AM

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What are you feeding your S. molesta? I had a small single queen colony last year but I could never get them to consistently eat any proteins for very long. I'd give them cricket and they would eat and process it, but if I tried to give them another they'd ignore it. So then I'd tried fruit flies. Same thing after the first two the never would touch them again. Then I went to meal worms same thing. Then tried wax worms and they wouldn't even take one. So they slowly died off. They would take sugars though but never proteins consistently. I'd like to eventually try again. I find them quite interesting given how small they are.


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#8 Offline Scrixx - Posted October 16 2018 - 1:31 PM

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What are you feeding your S. molesta? I had a small single queen colony last year but I could never get them to consistently eat any proteins for very long. I'd give them cricket and they would eat and process it, but if I tried to give them another they'd ignore it. So then I'd tried fruit flies. Same thing after the first two the never would touch them again. Then I went to meal worms same thing. Then tried wax worms and they wouldn't even take one. So they slowly died off. They would take sugars though but never proteins consistently. I'd like to eventually try again. I find them quite interesting given how small they are.

 

I feed them seeds and small pieces of insects like a cricket leg or a single bloodworm. Have you tried seeds? They seem to like seeds. When ants start rejecting foods it probably means they have enough of that specific type of food and they need a different source of food. A different source of food would give them different nutrients or at least a different ratio of nutrients. You should try again, I'm liking Solenopsis xyloni a lot as they're like mini harvester ants. 


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Keeping: Camponotus sansabeanus - C. vicinus - Formica francoeuri - Liometopum occidentale -  Pogonomyrmex californicus - P. rugosus - P. subnitidus - Solenopsis molesta - S. xyloni - Tapinoma sessile - Temnothorax sp.

Journals: Camponotus sansabeanus & C. vicinus | Pogonomyrmex californicus & P. rugosus | Solenopsis molesta & S. xyloni

Discontinued: Pogonomyrmex subnitidus


#9 Online FSTP - Posted October 16 2018 - 3:06 PM

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I never tried seeds. That must be what was missing from thier diet. What types of seeds? what is small enough for them? perhaps poppy or some kind of beet or lettuce seed? or a grass seed.


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#10 Offline Scrixx - Posted October 17 2018 - 9:49 AM

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I never tried seeds. That must be what was missing from thier diet. What types of seeds? what is small enough for them? perhaps poppy or some kind of beet or lettuce seed? or a grass seed.

 

I bought a seed bag from the dollar store, there's these white painted seeds that all my seed loving ants seem to like. I think it's because it's nice and moist inside the seed. I'm also giving them crushed almonds and nyjer seeds (thanks to Mastrep).


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Keeping: Camponotus sansabeanus - C. vicinus - Formica francoeuri - Liometopum occidentale -  Pogonomyrmex californicus - P. rugosus - P. subnitidus - Solenopsis molesta - S. xyloni - Tapinoma sessile - Temnothorax sp.

Journals: Camponotus sansabeanus & C. vicinus | Pogonomyrmex californicus & P. rugosus | Solenopsis molesta & S. xyloni

Discontinued: Pogonomyrmex subnitidus






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