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#21 Offline Roy3 - Posted October 13 2019 - 10:43 AM

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Woohoooooooo. Good job!

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#22 Offline Becky - Posted October 13 2019 - 12:26 PM

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Yeah, how big are the ants/ queen?

 

Myrmica rubra queens are usually 5-7.5mm and workers 4-6mm. Since it is the first worker it is probably around 4mm. :)



#23 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted October 13 2019 - 1:18 PM

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So if I remember how to convert, the queens are .5 centimeters to .75 centimeters?

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#24 Online Serafine - Posted October 14 2019 - 11:25 PM

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So if I remember how to convert, the queens are .5 centimeters to .75 centimeters?

Yes.


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#25 Offline Becky - Posted October 20 2019 - 4:01 AM

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I guess there are 5-6 workers now. It's getting more and more difficult to take pictures of them.

I will prepare new tubes soon so they can move then it should be easier to take pictures again. :)

 

 


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#26 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 20 2019 - 4:40 AM

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Sounds like a fun species to keep!
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#27 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted October 20 2019 - 5:43 AM

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Grows faster than my camponotous, that's for sure :lol:
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#28 Offline Becky - Posted October 25 2019 - 10:08 AM

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One or two new ants have been born but I can't tell if there are any more eggs - it's really hard to see anything in that tube.

I gave them some fruit flies which they liked and the head of a bee pupa but they didn't touch that one.

Now I'm waiting to see what will happen in the next few weeks and if they are going into hibernation.

 

 


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#29 Offline Becky - Posted November 2 2019 - 10:41 AM

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I made a fresh test tube setup so they can move out when their current one dries out.

Fortunately the decorative shells keep the tube in place so it doesn't roll around. :D

 

 

 

In the next 3 pictures you can see ants rebuilding their barricade at the entrance of their straw (it collapsed when I took the pictures of the brood :sorry: :shock: ).

 

 

 

 

 

There are 10-12 workers now and a lot of brood in all stages, including new eggs. :) <3

 

 

 


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#30 Offline Roy3 - Posted November 4 2019 - 9:27 PM

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I love the straw idea. Nice. And the shells are a cool touch, as well as useful. I bought shells awhile back. Better use them like you did. Never thought of that.

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#31 Offline Becky - Posted November 16 2019 - 12:04 PM

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They still didn't move into the new tube! Slowly it's getting cramped in it and the cotton doesn't look fresh either.

 

 

There are a few eggs and at least a dozen pupae.

Visibility still isn't good but when they move into the new tube it should be better.

 

 

 

Everytime I want to take a picture they have to rebuild their barrier at the entrance of the straw afterwards. :rolleyes: :blush:

The workers are very shy and don't stay in the open for long time. This makes it difficult to take pictures of them outside of the tube.


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#32 Offline AntsDakota - Posted November 17 2019 - 10:07 AM

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Camera shy....


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"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#33 Offline Roy3 - Posted November 17 2019 - 12:41 PM

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They will move in eventually. They will know when they are tooooooo cramped.

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#34 Offline Roy3 - Posted November 17 2019 - 12:47 PM

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Until that time comes, keep an eye on the new nest tube. It starts looking dirty or moldy then change it out before they plan to move in. It happens to me quite a lot. Some ants of mine are like yours. Wait to long and I have to clean the new tube out, but i have them taped together. Oh well.

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#35 Offline Becky - Posted November 22 2019 - 9:56 AM

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We have to mourn the first dead worker. I didn't expect it so early.  :*( O:)

 

 

It seems to me that they won't move into the new tube soon.

On the first sight you can't see how much brood they have....

 

 

 

...but on the left side they have a chamber full of fat larvae and the queen has laid a lot of new eggs. :-)

 

This is a failed picture but I like it anyway. :-)

 

The area in front of the tube looks like a battlefield.  :blink: 


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#36 Offline Wa.Va - Posted November 23 2019 - 2:00 AM

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I would leave them alone during hibernation. It should help her during founding stage.
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#37 Offline Becky - Posted November 27 2019 - 3:59 PM

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Today I gave them baby crickets for the first time and the workers were very excited.

I haven't seen so many ants outside ever before.

 

 

 

Some ants are very well "camouflaged" between the brown pebbles so I marked them with green arrows :yes:

 

 

 

 

 

I just looked aside for a moment and the crickets were gone. :blink:

They even tore down the barricade to pull them through the straw.

 

 

 

I also gave them a pinky maggot and they liked it.

 

 

 

 

They seemed to have some... problems with the navigation though.

 

 

 

The pinky is still not in the tube but at least they managed to drag it next to the entrance. :good2:


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#38 Offline Becky - Posted November 29 2019 - 2:27 PM

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Today I took some random pictures.

Surprisingly there were multiple workers outside, one of them even climbed out of the box while the lid was open.

They are getting more curious and bold.

 

 

 

There's a tiny hole in the shell and sometimes ants disappear into it. Hopefully they won't move to colony in there.

 

 

 

It looks like they have eaten all the fruit flies, the crickets and the pinky I gave them yesterday.

Unsurprisingly there's even more brood now and probably they are hungry again... :yum2: :yum2:

 

 

 

 

 

I will now fulfill their desire and provide them with more food.... ;) :D


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#39 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted November 29 2019 - 2:54 PM

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This is how my M. punctiventris are. They just eat and grow, despite it having been <50 degrees outside for the past 2 months. I can't hibernate them, because they still have lots of pupae, though the newer brood does not seem to be developing past the medium-sized larva stage, a sign that I may be able to hibernate them sometime before the end of December.


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Currently keeping:

 

Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica subsericea

Formica pallidefulva, Aphaeogaster cf. rudis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis


#40 Offline Roy3 - Posted December 4 2019 - 7:30 PM

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Your Rubra are doing great. Awesome job. I still love that straw in the cotton entrance idea. Maybe I should try it. I'm needing to make some grout nests and outworld for my many colonies. Wanted to start on that today. But so much going on today.

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