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#81 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 5 2020 - 4:46 PM

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#82 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 5 2020 - 5:25 PM

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I love how they’re fast growing, large, aggressive, predictable, and hardy.
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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


#83 Offline Becky - Posted March 10 2020 - 2:00 PM

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Behold, the mighty small canyon! :thanks: ;)

 

 

 

 

The canyon's builders at work!

 

 

 

Some curious ants are posing for a photoshooting. :D

 

 

 

 

The rear half of the brood pile is now higher than half the height of the test tube! :o

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a time lapse of their digging activities during the last days.

 

March 3rd

 

March 5th

 

March 7th

 

March 8th

 

March 10th

 


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#84 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 10 2020 - 2:44 PM

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wow, an a amazing colony!


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#85 Offline Becky - Posted March 12 2020 - 10:08 AM

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Yesterday they got mini mealworms.

It's amazing how one worker can carry an entire mini mealworm! :blink:

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have finally moved a big amount of brood into the farm! :party:

There is a big pile of brood on the surface and they have started to bring them down into the nest chamber(s). 

 

 

 

 

 


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#86 Offline Temperateants - Posted March 18 2020 - 8:38 AM

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What did you use as an ant barrier on the outworld? Did you use fluon?


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#87 Offline Becky - Posted March 25 2020 - 12:30 PM

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What did you use as an ant barrier on the outworld? Did you use fluon?

Yes. The outworld has a glass frame and the fluon is on the underside of it.



#88 Offline Becky - Posted March 25 2020 - 12:53 PM

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Ants doing their favorite activity - eating shrimps. :yum:

 

 

 

Top view of the farm. They decided to pile up most of their pupae on top of the tube leading into the farm.

One level below are the big larvae.

 

 

 

Side view of the pupae pile.

 

 

 

There are pupae under the tube.

 

 

 

There is probably brood under the entire tube.

On the left side you can see two mealworms being dragged into the farm.

 

 

 

More brood in the farm. The worker in the middle of the chamber is holding a big batch of eggs.

 

 

 

They burried a tunnel down to the granules, probably to get water.

 

 

 

This is a picture from two weeks ago with some yellow pupae.

 


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#89 Offline Becky - Posted April 8 2020 - 12:37 PM

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An ant is carrying a dead one around and is accompanied by a few others.

 

They form small groups in the outworld more often now. :friends: :drinks:

 

Well... brood. I have totally lost count of how big the colony is now. :unknown:

 

The enormous pile of pupae - only pupae. :o

 

 

 

 

 

The larvae that are about to pupate have been put on top of the farm substrate.

There's also a big batch of eggs.

 

The farm from the side. The black things are flies.

 

I caught some annyoing flies to feed them to my ants.

There is a never-ending supply of those here, they will have a feast until fall... :yum:

 

 

I also gave them a waxworm to see if they like it. They do.

 


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#90 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 8 2020 - 12:43 PM

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Is there anything they wouldn't like........  :)


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#91 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted April 8 2020 - 12:52 PM

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haha. Your myrmica remind me of my deceased colony that you can see in my profile picture. They loved plastic tubes, for some reason.


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#92 Offline Becky - Posted April 8 2020 - 12:58 PM

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Is there anything they wouldn't like........  :)

Well, they didn't like wet cat food when I tried. But yes, they eat almost anything. :)


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#93 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 8 2020 - 12:59 PM

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Except these have a painful sting.  :o  %)


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#94 Offline Becky - Posted April 8 2020 - 1:05 PM

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Luckily I have not been stung yet. (y) 


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#95 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 8 2020 - 1:07 PM

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Yeah, people do make way to big of a deal about stings. You literally have to lay your hand down in the outworld and let the ants crawl onto your hand to even have a chance of getting stung. 


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#96 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 8 2020 - 1:40 PM

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#97 Offline Canadant - Posted April 9 2020 - 3:48 PM

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Great journal. Love the formicarium. Awesome ants.
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#98 Offline Becky - Posted April 13 2020 - 6:07 AM

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They are storing their brood on different levels.

Pupae in the attic (now moved into or under the tubing), big larvae on ground level and the rest underground.

 

 

 

 

 

I love their color. <3

 

The short tubing at the other end of the farm is used as a garbage dump. :ehh:

 

 

They piled up all the sand in the middle of the farm and then made a path so they can walk over the pile to the garbage dump.

 

 


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#99 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 13 2020 - 6:22 AM

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They seem to be organizing brood like they would in the wild.
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#100 Offline NickAnter - Posted April 13 2020 - 7:32 AM

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Your images don't seem to work for me anymore.They work now. They show a little box with a ripped paper in them. Is it just me?


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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax nevadensis, Temnothorax chandleri, Temnothorax arboreus Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis xyloni, Formica perpilosa, Formica cf. lasiodes, Formica cf. neogagates Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex salinus, and Myrmecocystus testaceus!!!!

 

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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