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#141 Online Locness - Posted January 8 2023 - 4:40 PM

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Here’s a GIF of my Monomins feasting on fruit flies. They’re dwarfed by the tiny flies!

 

Wow  :o My brain is trying to compute that size difference lol


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#142 Online rptraut - Posted January 8 2023 - 11:36 PM

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Post some good photos here or do an ID thread to make sure they are Monomorium. I think Temnothorax could be a possibility if they were found in nuts. Monomorium are a soil dwelling species.

 

Yes, I sorta ruled out Temnothorax as these girls are very black, very shiny and T longispinosis is not supposed to live around here.  I will post photos for a positive ID.

The shape of the head and antennae of Monomorium are pretty distinctive, don't you think?


My father always said I had ants in my pants.

#143 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 9 2023 - 2:58 AM

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Your description does sound like Monomorium. Post photos when you get a chance, though.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#144 Online rptraut - Posted January 9 2023 - 4:41 AM

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Will do!


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#145 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 13 2023 - 5:38 AM

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Update 4-13-2023

 

Reviving this thread for another season of Monomorium observations. The dual queen colony I founded last spring made it through diapause and are really doing great now. Their test tube is basically entirely full of workers and a massive pile of brood. I will need to dump them into a new nest very soon. I'm still kicking around ideas for how to do this in a fully escape proof way. 

 

I will officially be naming the two queens Gudrid and Sigrid after famous Viking warrior women. Which one is which is anybody guess, though! 

 

Good photos of these are hard to get now since the entire tube is filled to bursting with tiny ants. 

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Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#146 Offline Flu1d - Posted April 13 2023 - 3:24 PM

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Update 4-13-2023

Reviving this thread for another season of Monomorium observations. The dual queen colony I founded last spring made it through diapause and are really doing great now. Their test tube is basically entirely full of workers and a massive pile of brood. I will need to dump them into a new nest very soon. I'm still kicking around ideas for how to do this in a fully escape proof way.

I will officially be naming the two queens Gudrid and Sigrid after famous Viking warrior women. Which one is which is anybody guess, though!

Good photos of these are hard to get now since the entire tube is filled to bursting with tiny ants.



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Is.. that something to be worried about..?

Awesome looking colony btw

#147 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 13 2023 - 4:48 PM

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Yup! I was wondering who would catch that. I’ll be dumping them out of that tube before they stupidly flood it.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#148 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 27 2023 - 5:33 AM

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Update 5-27-2023

 

My dual queen colony just keeps growing and growing. Luckily they haven't flooded their tube yet, but I'll need to get them out of it soon since they keep tunneling into the wet cotton. Monomorium aren't the brightest of ants, apparently. They do enjoy their mealworms, though! 

 

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#149 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted June 8 2023 - 2:27 PM

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I purchased a 4 queen colony with 100+ about a month ago and they’re really doing well in their fortress. They got nice sized food piles from all the crickets and the queens are starting to lay alot of eggs529FF08B-6F7B-4949-B43D-39468568254C.jpeg C03E8A14-1E1B-4B73-847D-CF202AC27CB4.jpeg
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#150 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted June 9 2023 - 4:17 AM

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I got a large colony with five queens and hundreds of workers a little while back, because they are known escape artists I put them in a Ants Scandinavia inspired island with a water moat to stop them from escaping.
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#151 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted July 31 2023 - 12:46 PM

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I would like to ask how long do queens live? Antwiki says 1 years but that sounds very short for ants. Do they inbreed so the colonies last longer or what.

Edited by Virginian_ants, July 31 2023 - 12:49 PM.


#152 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 31 2023 - 1:28 PM

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The one year lifespan is a total myth. I currently have three queens that are older than a year. My last colony’s queens also lived longer than a year.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#153 Online AsdinAnts - Posted December 27 2023 - 8:12 PM

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all I know about monomorium minimum is that they are tiny, polygnous, and fast ants. Another thing I know about them is that they are raiding my room because of a small crumb I left on the floor 😢
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Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-M. invidia
-Stennama spec..
I will want to also keep some other lasius types in the future.
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