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#101 Offline NickAnter - Posted March 22 2021 - 4:56 PM

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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#102 Offline NickAnter - Posted March 22 2021 - 5:37 PM

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Accidental re-post. I forgot I had already posted the image above. %) %)

Edited by NickAnter, March 22 2021 - 5:38 PM.

Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

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#103 Offline NickAnter - Posted April 11 2021 - 2:09 PM

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Well this colony is now bursting at the seams. They have at least 350 workers, and have completely filled their test tube. Pictures are very hard, all it would be is a mass of ants. I hope to soon move these into a formicarium so I have proper visibility, and have a better setup for taking pictures and video. I do have a mini hearth, but I planned to use that for formica if I found any. I think I might just get another one, as I don't really want to bother making a formicarium that these things can't get out of. Not too concerned that the outworld would be much smaller, as they thankfully cannot scale fluon.

Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#104 Offline NickAnter - Posted April 24 2021 - 2:45 PM

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So, after 13 days of analysis paralysis, one failed formicarium, and another that's really better for a larger species, I decided to just dump them into the mini hearth. They probably have about 400 workers!

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As you can also see, they still have that massive brood pile as well! I really am glad that I moved them into this mini hearth, they take up a quarter of the space, and have room to reach 1k plus workers. All in all, doing great!


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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

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#105 Offline MrPurpleB - Posted April 24 2021 - 2:50 PM

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The outworld looks cute. Is that a small flower design?

 

Enjoying the photos, they got a nice color to them. 



#106 Offline NickAnter - Posted April 24 2021 - 4:35 PM

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I think it is supposed to be a succulent--not sure.


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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#107 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 24 2021 - 5:17 PM

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Looking good!
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#108 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 6 2021 - 10:35 AM

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Once again, over a month since last update :whistle:

 

This colony is doing incredible!!! They have over 500 workers, and well over 30 majors. All their brood has eclosed, and, thankfully, unlike my Nylanderia, there are usually anywhere from 10-20 workers in the outworld. This means no escapees, and, when I feed them, I still get the same massive swarming this species loves to do. Once again, pictures are difficult. Lots of the workers hang out on the ceiling of the nest, and the ones that don't are covered up by the ones on the glass. I'm really hoping for alates this year, since they are doing so well.


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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#109 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 6 2021 - 1:34 PM

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Nick, you should replicate the cut open, ventilated lid I have for my Nylanderia’s outworld. I’ve never had a single escape, despite them trying to do nuptial flights every night for the past three weeks.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#110 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 6 2021 - 2:25 PM

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Yeah, I probably should do that. I think ll just drill a large hole with a step-drill bit and plug it with some cotton while leaving a ring of fluon around it.


Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#111 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 6 2021 - 2:59 PM

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That would work. Then you could just drop in food without lifting the lid.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#112 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 6 2021 - 3:00 PM

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that's the plan. :)


Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#113 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 3 2021 - 8:25 PM

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Well this colony has plateaued. On the plus side, they probably will never outgrow this mini hearth. On the downside, they are nowhere near the size of the largest wild colony I have seen.

 

Because there just isn't much to report, Ill update this journal only if anything interesting occurs. Otherwise, this journal will be mostly abandoned.

 

They still have their massive, and very quick feeding responses, so they still are a joy to watch. If anyone wants an easy to raise species, that is aggressive, and small, I couldn't recommend this one enough.


Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...





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