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#21 Offline AntsDakota - Posted September 30 2019 - 9:17 AM

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Hibernation already?


I typically place my ants in hibernation around October (yes Canada is that cold),

 

That's not cold! It's just everyone other than us that seems to think so...  :D


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#22 Offline rbarreto - Posted September 30 2019 - 11:17 AM

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Idk its reached fridge temps up here, especially at night.

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#23 Offline rbarreto - Posted January 26 2020 - 1:36 PM

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Formica bradleyi

Took these buggers out a few days ago. I waited two days then gave them a little bit of honey and a small piece of superworm. They dragged the superworm back to the nest immediately and made pretty quick work of it. I came back the next day to check on them and they laid a small batch of eggs. I'm hoping for some nice growth this year so I can give them a formicarium soon.

 

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#24 Offline FSTP - Posted January 26 2020 - 10:12 PM

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such lovely ants!


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#25 Offline AntsDakota - Posted January 27 2020 - 3:55 PM

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Wish I could find some pallidefulva. They're around, somewhere........  :mad:  :rolleyes:


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#26 Offline rbarreto - Posted January 27 2020 - 6:24 PM

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Wish I could find some pallidefulva. They're around, somewhere........  :mad:  :rolleyes:


I've had both and I gotta say I prefer bradleyi. Their colours are much more vibrant and they are way more relaxed than pallidefulva.
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#27 Offline AntsDakota - Posted January 28 2020 - 4:21 PM

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Oh.... I was under the mistaken impression that we don't have bradleyi. Apparently we do. So yes, I would also prefer the species. 


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#28 Offline rbarreto - Posted February 1 2020 - 12:00 PM

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Formica bradleyi

Well this didn't take long haha. I'm currently moving them into a formicarium so this will probably be the last picture I take of them for a while.

 

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#29 Offline ForestDragon - Posted February 3 2020 - 6:02 PM

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I had formica subsericea go from egg to worker in 2 weeks for nanitics without any heat, by a cold windowsill, it was nuts


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#30 Offline rbarreto - Posted February 10 2020 - 12:18 PM

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Formica bradleyi

Moved these guys into a one of Drews dirt shacks, I figured a species that lives in sandy soils would be perfect for it. As it turns out they loved it! They moved in quickly and rewarded me by going from eggs to pupae in 9 days lol.

 

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#31 Offline AntsDakota - Posted February 10 2020 - 4:16 PM

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9 days? Do you heat them? Although with Formica it doesn't surprise me as much.  :lol:


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#32 Offline rbarreto - Posted February 10 2020 - 5:54 PM

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Yea they're heated


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#33 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted February 10 2020 - 6:01 PM

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I had formica subsericea go from egg to worker in 2 weeks for nanitics without any heat, by a cold windowsill, it was nuts

uhhh, so I'm pretty sure my queen is Subsericia... what are your ants on? lol, that's crazy that they grew so fast!!! 


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#34 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted February 10 2020 - 6:02 PM

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Formica bradleyi

Moved these guys into a one of Drews dirt shacks, I figured a species that lives in sandy soils would be perfect for it. As it turns out they loved it! They moved in quickly and rewarded me by going from eggs to pupae in 9 days lol.

 

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STOP FLEXING ON US CAMPONOTOUS KEEPERS LOL!!!


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#35 Offline ponerinecat - Posted February 10 2020 - 8:43 PM

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I had a queen get 9 nanitics at once within a 1-2 weeks of capture. And that's after she ate half her eggs.


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#36 Offline ForestDragon - Posted February 11 2020 - 12:31 PM

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formica are big ants for people who are too impatient to keep camponotus, i just fed mine some mealworm and hopefully they will get eggs soon, i have a small electric blanket that only gets up to like 75 degrees on low should i use it?



#37 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted February 11 2020 - 3:59 PM

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formica are big ants for people who are too impatient to keep camponotus, i just fed mine some mealworm and hopefully they will get eggs soon, i have a small electric blanket that only gets up to like 75 degrees on low should i use it?

I dislike the founding period for Camponotus, but that's about it. Once they have workers and I can check on them more and see the brood, I'm pretty content. If anyone is having a hard time making it through the Camponotus founding phase, just remember the amazing things you'll see if you wait. 


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#38 Offline Lazarus - Posted February 14 2020 - 12:15 PM

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Formica bradleyi

Moved these guys into a one of Drews dirt shacks, I figured a species that lives in sandy soils would be perfect for it. As it turns out they loved it! They moved in quickly and rewarded me by going from eggs to pupae in 9 days lol.

 

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Based on this picture they dug right to the very corner where your heat cable touches the box. Now that's efficiency! Cool.

Still a while before I wake mine up. I think this weekend will be my last check-up and rehydration for them in the fridge.


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#39 Offline AntsDakota - Posted February 14 2020 - 2:32 PM

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Sunbathing ants, lol.


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#40 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 15 2020 - 7:59 AM

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That is some extreme growth for such a stunning ant. So we do have them here in South Dakota?


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