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#1 Offline rbarreto - Posted July 11 2019 - 6:53 PM

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Formica bradleyi

I was going to wait  until these got workers but I'm just too excited. I got two of these from Canadian anter earlier this week. Both queens have eggs and  drank a little bit of honey. I'm really hoping these queens do well since they're the most beautiful queens I've ever seen. Wish me luck!

 

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#2 Offline Canadian anter - Posted July 11 2019 - 9:21 PM

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#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 12 2019 - 11:41 AM

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Beautiful queen!  Good luck!


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Colonies:(Nylanderia vividula, Lasius cf. americanus, Pheidole navigans)

 

Founding queens:(Camponotus hyatti/sayi, Temnothorax nevadensis, Pheidole navigans, Solenopsis sp. 1, Solenopsis sp.2Pogonomyrmex californicus, Tetramorium bicarinatum

 

Ants I would like to acquire soon: Acanthomyops, Lasius brevicornis, Stigmatomma pallipes or oregonense, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus fragilis, Myrmecocystus navajo, Myrmecocystus semirufus/mimicus, Formica perpilosa, Formica aserva, Formica argentea, Liometopum luctuosum, Manica bradleyi or invidia, Temnothorax nevadensis, and a Myrmica sp

 

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Wow! They are beautiful. Are these parasitic?
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#5 Offline rbarreto - Posted July 12 2019 - 2:05 PM

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Wow! They are beautiful. Are these parasitic?


Nope, they are part of the neogagates group.

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#6 Offline sweetgrass - Posted July 18 2019 - 9:18 PM

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#7 Offline rbarreto - Posted July 19 2019 - 7:08 AM

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So these guys went from eggs to pupae in a week, and I'm pretty sure they were caught a week before that. This is some insanely fast growth for a species up here in Canada. I don't even have them on a heating cable.

 

It's also interesting to note that although this species nests exclusively in sand, it doesn't seem necessary.

 

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#8 Offline rbarreto - Posted July 30 2019 - 8:49 PM

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I have some good news and some bad news for this update. The bad news is that one of the queens died for what's seems to be no reason whatsoever (as queens seem to do). The good news is that the other healthy colony now has six workers! I gave them some honey and a few fruit flies. Talk about some crazy fast growth.

 

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#9 Offline Canadian anter - Posted July 30 2019 - 8:57 PM

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Nice! One of my colonies has 15ish pupae it seems
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#10 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 31 2019 - 6:23 AM

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Ok, I better be able to have the these imported soon....
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I didn't know these were part of the neogagates group. So cool.


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#12 Offline spartANTS - Posted August 18 2019 - 7:29 PM

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Do you keep all day long the test tube heated?

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#13 Offline Canadian anter - Posted August 18 2019 - 8:05 PM

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Do you keep all day long the test tube heated?
cool pictures

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#14 Offline spartANTS - Posted August 18 2019 - 8:14 PM

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ok cool thank you.



#15 Offline rbarreto - Posted August 19 2019 - 7:00 AM

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I've actually noticed many of my ants trying to get as far away as possible from the heating cable on hot days. If temps are above 30C I remove them from the cable (except for my Pogonomyrmex queen).


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#16 Offline Lazarus - Posted August 19 2019 - 7:32 AM

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I took out my heating pads about a month ago as the ants did not seem to care and did not distinguish between the heated and unheated sides. But I'll probably be turning them on again soon.


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#17 Offline rbarreto - Posted September 1 2019 - 12:32 PM

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These guys are doing great, after the last pupa ecloses they will be ready for hibernation. Only thing is their current tube is running dry so I will have to move them.

That callow worker is real cute.

 

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Hibernation already?


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#19 Offline rbarreto - Posted September 1 2019 - 7:34 PM

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Hibernation already?


I typically place my ants in hibernation around October (yes Canada is that cold), but since they have no brood other than that last pupa I might as well throw them in early

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#20 Offline rbarreto - Posted September 30 2019 - 4:14 AM

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I moved these guys to a new clean test tube and put them in the fridge.
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