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#21 Offline Broncos - Posted November 7 2019 - 8:40 AM

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The plaster formicarium was covered in mold so I moved them into a dirt box formicarium were they have dug a lot


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#22 Offline Broncos - Posted November 14 2019 - 12:55 PM

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They are at about 35 workers and have lots of pupae, eggs, and larvae
But they have been standing still and very weak for a while but it’s usually only 2 workers. I removed them from the colony

Edited by Broncos, November 14 2019 - 12:56 PM.

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#23 Offline Broncos - Posted December 6 2019 - 3:42 PM

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Half the population has died but there is about 15 larvae so they seem to be OK. This happened to my formica francoeuri and stopped at about 30 workers that died.


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#24 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted December 7 2019 - 1:15 PM

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Probably a fungal infection of some sort. I hope they do okay and don't have a relapse.


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#25 Offline Broncos - Posted December 16 2019 - 12:59 PM

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One worker eclosed and they have about 6 medium larvae. The chambers are amazing!


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#26 Offline Broncos - Posted December 21 2019 - 7:36 PM

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These guys are doing great!!! (KNOCK ON WOOD) they have 10 larva and 2 pupae. I think it is because I moved them into a container store container: e4470b84ba6ba0abf8b7015ce23f05b7.jpg It’s 2-5/16" sq. x 3-1/16" h

And so they will burrow next to the glass, I glued this to the center of the bottom: 3ada55f5eb43b9a7add25f36e09cb5e2.jpg (1-3/16" sq. x 2-7/16" h) It gives about half an inch of tunneling room on the side.

And of course I used a clay/sand (2/1 ratio) as the nesting substrate.

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#27 Offline Broncos - Posted January 16 2020 - 9:28 AM

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These guys are at roughly 25 workers and have lots of developing brood!


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#28 Offline Broncos - Posted February 6 2020 - 11:17 AM

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For some reason the queen just started being very productiive and after this batch of larvae and pupae are workers they should have at least 20 workers! Does anyone know how I should handle winter for these guys so that the queen can go crazy on laying eggs?


Edited by Broncos, April 23 2020 - 1:13 PM.

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#29 Offline FSTP - Posted February 6 2020 - 11:57 AM

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For some reason the queen just started being very productiive and after this batch of larvae and pupae are workers they should have at least 50 workers! Does anyone know how I should handle winter for these guys so that the queen can go crazy on laying eggs?

 

 

 

Just keep the temps same and consistent. Consistency in temps is key.


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#30 Offline Broncos - Posted March 11 2020 - 7:10 PM

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These guys are doing soooo well! They have at least 30 eggs and 20 larvae and pupae! They are up to about 30 workers with more enclosing every day. Here’s a photo: there isn’t as much brood in the photo.10b8d122096477b4c662b489cd18ef50.jpg


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#31 Offline Broncos - Posted March 16 2020 - 7:29 PM

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These guys are growing way too fast! Its so cool to watch them grow.


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#32 Offline Broncos - Posted April 23 2020 - 1:12 PM

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Well, I've never seen one of my colonies grow this fast and have this much brood. These guys have quadrupled the amount of brood from the last photo and I think they are at around 50 workers and growing insanely fast!


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#33 Offline BugFinder - Posted April 23 2020 - 3:03 PM

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I like that formicarium a lot.  I wonder if it would be possible to plant a small plant inside it.


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#34 Offline Broncos - Posted April 27 2020 - 7:56 AM

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I like that formicarium a lot.  I wonder if it would be possible to plant a small plant inside it.

It definitely could hold a small plant. The only issue is, there is a ytong core and you are only given enough dirt to fill it up with the ytong inside.


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#35 Offline Broncos - Posted April 30 2020 - 5:07 PM

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I just got stung by one of these like 3 minutes ago... in the elbow area. The pain is spreading and it hurts like crazy.

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#36 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 30 2020 - 5:18 PM

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Ouch.......... if I were you, I wouldn’t be able to post on Formiculture right now...........

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#37 Offline NickAnter - Posted April 30 2020 - 5:18 PM

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How did that happen? I hope it starts getting better.


Hi there! I went on a 6 month or so hiatus, in part due, and in part cause of the death of my colonies. 

However, I went back to the Sierras, and restarted my collection, which is now as follows:

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#38 Offline Broncos - Posted April 30 2020 - 7:35 PM

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Ouch.......... if I were you, I wouldn’t be able to post on Formiculture right now...........

Yea it hurt pretty bad... I want to say I didn't get the full sting because it didn't hurt like people say but it had its stinger in me for a good 10 seconds. I thought it was just some bad nerve or muscle pain but then it kept going so I looked and there was a bright red harvester ant, stinger stuck in my arm. It is still hurting but not nearly as bad.

 

How did that happen? I hope it starts getting better.

I was vacuuming with a small dust buster and it grabbed my arm and started stinging and biting away.


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#39 Offline Broncos - Posted May 7 2020 - 9:31 AM

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These guys are in a really sweet formicarium I made. They have tunneled quite a bit and all of the AntShack stuff is out of business.
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#40 Offline B_rad0806 - Posted May 7 2020 - 12:23 PM

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no pics inside the nest?


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