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Iridomyrmex Bicknelli Journal Queen "Bloody" Mary

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#1 Offline Ants.co - Posted February 7 2020 - 2:54 PM

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Hello everybody

My Iridomyrmex Bicknelli queen, Queen "Bloody" Mary, just had her pupae eclose a few days ago! I will be doing a journal of her, updating at least once a week, on her progress. She currently has 2 nanitics with a few more larvae, and is 2 months old. I've recently been feeding her dead ant queens (that's why she's called "bloody"), and she seems to love them. She is housed in a Empire of Ants PH formicarium, which her workers love to explore. They are VERY active and energetic, and are amazing to watch.Screen Shot 2020-02-08 at 9.54.31 am.png


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#2 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted February 7 2020 - 3:08 PM

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interesting... species wise at least. Keep me informed as iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants (besides their sugar ants-those got my heart from day one). 


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#3 Offline AntsDakota - Posted February 8 2020 - 3:54 PM

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What about Myrmecia and Rhytidoponera


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#4 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted February 8 2020 - 3:56 PM

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I don't know, I just have never really got into them as much as Camponotus


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#5 Offline AntsDakota - Posted February 8 2020 - 3:57 PM

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Look them up. They're WAY more unique than even some unique ants down in California.


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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


#6 Offline Ants.co - Posted February 10 2020 - 12:20 PM

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Screen Shot 2020-02-11 at 7.18.58 am.png *Update*
The queen hasn't done much, the brood is still exactly the same, just that the queen is bloated with honey.

 

interesting... species wise at least. Keep me informed as iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants (besides their sugar ants-those got my heart from day one). 

Yeah, these ants are really active and interesting to keep. My No.1 species.



#7 Offline Enderz - Posted February 10 2020 - 9:56 PM

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Why is her nest so big? Do you simply not understand the idea of founding? Test tubes, sir; test tubes. 


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#8 Offline Ants.co - Posted February 15 2020 - 11:22 PM

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Umm so my test tube started drying up and mould started to grow, and I had no other test tubes handy, so yeah.



#9 Offline Ants.co - Posted February 22 2020 - 2:22 PM

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Still no brood development... They've been eating heaps tho



#10 Offline AntsDakota - Posted February 22 2020 - 3:13 PM

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Could it be getting close to winter in Australia, which slows brood development?


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#11 Offline Ants.co - Posted July 23 2020 - 5:52 PM

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Ummm so the queen died. Probably the formicarium was way too big. I should be more patient next time  :ugone2far:



#12 Offline ponerinecat - Posted July 23 2020 - 6:57 PM

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interesting... species wise at least. Keep me informed as iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants (besides their sugar ants-those got my heart from day one). 

" iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants"

 

I'm sorry what, sure there are some nice purp group species, but the genus is mostly just bulky linepithema. They actually used to be the same genus. Aus has so many unique ants. The majority of iridomyrmex are not one of them.


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#13 Offline AntsDakota - Posted July 24 2020 - 5:55 AM

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interesting... species wise at least. Keep me informed as iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants (besides their sugar ants-those got my heart from day one). 

" iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants"

 

I'm sorry what, sure there are some nice purp group species, but the genus is mostly just bulky linepithema. They actually used to be the same genus. Aus has so many unique ants. The majority of iridomyrmex are not one of them.

He could just be under-informed when it comes to Australian ant diversity.  


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#14 Offline Antkid12 - Posted July 24 2020 - 7:06 AM

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Ummm so the queen died. Probably the formicarium was way too big. I should be more patient next time  :ugone2far:

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Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


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interesting... species wise at least. Keep me informed as iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants (besides their sugar ants-those got my heart from day one).

" iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants"

I'm sorry what, sure there are some nice purp group species, but the genus is mostly just bulky linepithema. They actually used to be the same genus. Aus has so many unique ants. The majority of iridomyrmex are not one of them.
He could just be under-informed when it comes to Australian ant diversity.
Or maybe they just like them? Have some respect jeez!
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#16 Offline Ants.co - Posted October 11 2020 - 11:10 PM

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interesting... species wise at least. Keep me informed as iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants (besides their sugar ants-those got my heart from day one).

" iridomrymex is one of the more interesting Aussie ants"

I'm sorry what, sure there are some nice purp group species, but the genus is mostly just bulky linepithema. They actually used to be the same genus. Aus has so many unique ants. The majority of iridomyrmex are not one of them.
He could just be under-informed when it comes to Australian ant diversity.
Or maybe they just like them? Have some respect jeez!

 

Yeah, I just love them lol. I love how the queens are iridescent and how fast they grow, along with the fact that they are native.



#17 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 12 2020 - 2:19 AM

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I would feel the same way. I’m only interested in ordinary ants for whatever reason.
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#18 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted October 12 2020 - 3:11 AM

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I would feel the same way. I’m only interested in ordinary ants for whatever reason.

Same. I like the normal ant look more than some of the crazier looking stuff.


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#19 Offline Ants.co - Posted October 13 2020 - 1:36 AM

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Yeah those are the ones that seem to grow faster







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