This journal has been long overdue, but it's about time that I make another journal, one for all of my colonies instead of a whole bunch of different journals. I currently own many colonies, including these following species:
- Aphaenogaster carolinensis
- Aphaenogaster fulva
- Aphaenogaster lamellidens
- Brachymyrmex patagonicus X6
- Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) castaneus X3
- Camponotus (Camponotus) chromaiodes X5
- Camponotus (Myrmentoma) decipiens X2
- Camponotus (Myrmentoma) nearcticus X2
- Camponotus (Myrmentoma) snellingi X3
- Colobopsis impressa
- Colobopsis obliqua
- Crematogaster ashmeadi X7
- Crematogaster minutissima X3
- Hypoponera cf. opacior
- Myrmecina americana
- Nylanderia faisonensis X7
- Pheidole bicarinata X2
- Pheidole crassicornis
- Solenopsis carolinensis
- Solenopsis molesta
- Solenopsis invicta X6
- Strumigenys louisianae
- Tapinoma sessile X2
- Temnothorax curvispinosus X6
- Temnothorax pergandei
- Temnothorax schaumii
- Trachymyrmex septentrionalis X3
Now, starting with the updates. Yesterday, I caught a few new queens, 4 Solenopsis invicta, Brachymyrmex patagonicus, and Dorymyrmex bureni. The Brachymyrmex and Dorymyrmex queens still have their wings, which may not be true now as last time I checked on them was last night before I covered their test tubes up with tin foil. The Dorymyrmex queen has some really nice coloration, with very apparent stripes on her gaster surface, as well as some nice high reds on her head and mesosoma. I'm hoping she will produce, although I'm not sure if she'll get workers before I put them away for hibernation. Most likely, the Solenopsis queens will, but then again, they don't need hibernation.
The larger Camponotus castaneus colony just got a new worker from their boosted pupa. That makes three out of the 6.
The Pseudomyrmex pallidus colony has been housed in a large plastic container, and have decided they wanted to move into the hygrometer! Not the first time I've had ants move into something strange, and it certainly won't be the last.
The Strumigenys queen has been kept in the dark, and when I check on her, she seems to be crouching over eggs, but I'll have to check on her. Probably later tonight. I've had her for over two months, and I'm really hoping she'll produce soon. I may give her some more springtails to see if she'll eat.
I plan on moving the 3-queen Temnothorax curvispinosus into a naturalistic jar vivarium. I've already moved them into an acorn, so the move should be easy and straightforward. I also plan on making a mangrove-style vivarium so I can finally use my Red Mangrove sapling for something. I found the pod in Florida in June, and it got its leaves only a few weeks ago. I plan to possibly move a larger colony of Pseudomyrmex pallidus into it, maybe some other coastal species of ants, like Crematogaster ashmeadi or Hypoponera.
Edited by Ferox_Formicae, May 22 2020 - 6:32 AM.