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Leptomyrmex Nuptials Sighting

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#1 Offline Formicoidea - Posted November 3 2019 - 6:57 PM

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Hey.

 

For all ye Aussie ant keepers that are interested in Leptomyrmex. It seems as though they are flying.

Just talked to a friend this morning, his property has spider ants on it and he told me he saw a winged queen on his car windshield. Probably was a drone but regardless, it means they are flying right now (or in the queens cases, walking).

 

This was in the far south coast (Bega valley).

 

Good luck.


Current Queens/Colonies:

- Iridomyrmex Bicknelli                          - Iridomyrmex Sp. (x2)

- Camponotus Consobrinus                - Camponotus Sp.

- Myrmecia Sp.                                        - Rhytidoponera Metallica

- Rhytidoponera victoriae                       - Notoncus Sp. (x2)

- Anonychomyrma Cf. Froggatti (x6)


#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 3 2019 - 7:07 PM

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leptomyrmex founding queens are supposedly almost never found. Hope you can break that record.



#3 Offline Formicoidea - Posted November 3 2019 - 7:08 PM

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yep. fingers crossed.


Current Queens/Colonies:

- Iridomyrmex Bicknelli                          - Iridomyrmex Sp. (x2)

- Camponotus Consobrinus                - Camponotus Sp.

- Myrmecia Sp.                                        - Rhytidoponera Metallica

- Rhytidoponera victoriae                       - Notoncus Sp. (x2)

- Anonychomyrma Cf. Froggatti (x6)


#4 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted November 3 2019 - 7:59 PM

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Maybe try a "trap" or "ant hotel" type approach, and make some boxes full of loose dirt with little holes for queens to find.


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


#5 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 4 2019 - 2:14 AM

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too much luck involved, and queens look not much different from workers :)

I see workers all the time near my house...

Edited by CoolColJ, November 4 2019 - 2:17 AM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange, Pheidole species, Pheidole antipodum
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#6 Offline Formicoidea - Posted November 4 2019 - 3:23 AM

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too much luck involved, and queens look not much different from workers :)

I see workers all the time near my house...

 

Yep, best way to tell them apart is their ocelli and that needs a geology/jewelers lens to see.

that's why i've got my fingers crossed. :D


Current Queens/Colonies:

- Iridomyrmex Bicknelli                          - Iridomyrmex Sp. (x2)

- Camponotus Consobrinus                - Camponotus Sp.

- Myrmecia Sp.                                        - Rhytidoponera Metallica

- Rhytidoponera victoriae                       - Notoncus Sp. (x2)

- Anonychomyrma Cf. Froggatti (x6)


#7 Offline Manitobant - Posted November 4 2019 - 12:50 PM

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I don't think leptomyrmex queena fly, I think they're ergatoid.
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#8 Offline Formicoidea - Posted November 4 2019 - 2:40 PM

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I don't think leptomyrmex queena fly, I think they're ergatoid.

 

correct!


Current Queens/Colonies:

- Iridomyrmex Bicknelli                          - Iridomyrmex Sp. (x2)

- Camponotus Consobrinus                - Camponotus Sp.

- Myrmecia Sp.                                        - Rhytidoponera Metallica

- Rhytidoponera victoriae                       - Notoncus Sp. (x2)

- Anonychomyrma Cf. Froggatti (x6)


#9 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 4 2019 - 8:13 PM

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you can tell because they're naturally fat

they look like repletes yet aren't distended, easiest way I can think of







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