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Ants_Dakota's Ant Journal(Hibernation issues and experiments in South Dakota)

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#1 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 15 2020 - 6:13 PM

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Ok, so here is my journal on my still small but rapidly growing tetramorium colony. Immigrans, I believe, but do correct me if I am wrong. So, originally, this colony was an experiment. You may notice the two bigger ants in the picture.Attached File  P1040472.JPG   168.72KB   5 downloads

These workers were introduced as pupa from another colony around my house, in order to see if they were the same species. Turns out they are, as they now loyally serve the queen, basically as her body guards. There size difference is huge, compared to the nanitics. I had 3 colonies of tetramorium at first, but i heard that they grew really fast, and that you didn't want more than one of them. So I took the brood out of the first two and put them into this one. That is why there is so much brood. They also disembodied a cricket, which is not even visible anymore, as it is literally shredded up! In my opinion, tetramorium is the easiest to keep ants around here, as all of my colonies have grown into huge success, and have been sold, or were killed due to an experiment(like up above).

(also sorry the test tube looks weird. that is because the camera is really close)


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#2 Offline AntsDakota - Posted February 15 2020 - 7:32 PM

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In my opinion, tetramorium is the easiest to keep ants around here.

Easiest to raise, I agree, but ANTdrew could probably testify against that with large colonies......  :lol:


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#3 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 16 2020 - 6:45 AM

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Well, I am sure a ravenous colony of tetramorium would be hard to handle!


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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 16 2020 - 7:36 AM

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Definitely one of my favorite species to keep. You can read my Tetrararium journal to see the story of my mega-colony. They’re insane. I have tough decisions to make once they wake up.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25   I <3 tiny ants


#5 Offline AntsDakota - Posted February 16 2020 - 3:06 PM

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Definitely one of my favorite species to keep. You can read my Tetrararium journal to see the story of my mega-colony. They’re insane. I have tough decisions to make once they wake up.

Make a hundred gallon tropical paludarium setup for them and start a YouTube channel.  :lol:


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#6 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 25 2020 - 10:15 AM

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I am actually trading my colony to ants4fun, so he now is the one who has to worry about 100 gallon tropical paludariums :lol:!


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#7 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 27 2020 - 10:09 AM

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Ok, so here is my update. My solenopsis colony is doing good, a couple of eggs, i think. (this is being traded to ants4fun)

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Next, I have my tetramorium colony, which is as ravenous as ever. (this is also being traded to ants4fun)

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Next is formica, who have got a whole new batch of eggs.

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And finally, we have my Lasius Americanus colony.

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#8 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted February 27 2020 - 4:15 PM

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Nice man!


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#9 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted February 27 2020 - 4:30 PM

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yeah, real butes! I love Solenopsis growth and some of their colors, but don't feel like getting stung lol


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#10 Offline AntsDakota - Posted February 27 2020 - 4:52 PM

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These are too small to sting. You’re thinking of RIFAs. These are thief ants.

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#11 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted February 27 2020 - 5:41 PM

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oh


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#12 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 4 2020 - 8:22 AM

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Yes,these are really mini solenopsis, that will not harm a human with it's sting. They are actually very numerous up here.


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#13 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 4 2020 - 8:44 AM

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What're you trading for? If you don't mind me asking.

#14 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 4 2020 - 8:46 AM

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What're you trading for? If you don't mind me asking.

I am trading my tetramorium and solenopsis colony for a firebrick formicarium with an outworld. 


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#15 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 4 2020 - 2:39 PM

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wow, fair trade?


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#16 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 4 2020 - 3:06 PM

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Both species queens fly in massive numbers each year, so I guess you could say that.

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#17 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 4 2020 - 7:09 PM

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wow, fair trade?

do you think it is?


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#18 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted March 4 2020 - 8:09 PM

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:D  :D  :D Well, maybe... sounds like a good deal for you ;)


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#19 Offline Mdrogun - Posted March 4 2020 - 8:46 PM

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In my experience with Solenopsis molesta I could never get more than a few queens to found together succesfully. Yet 57 queens do just fine together if in a large colony  :lol: . Good luck lol


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Trachymyrmex septentrionalis

Pheidole pilifera

Forelius sp. (Monogynous, bicolored) "Midwestern Forelius"
Crematogaster cerasi

Pheidole bicarinata

Aphaenogaster rudis

Camponotus chromaiodes

Formica sp. (microgena species)

Nylanderia cf. arenivega


#20 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 5 2020 - 9:07 AM

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Here is my solenopsis colony. They have eggs!

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here is my tetramorium colony. they have some huge larva and pupa.

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and here is my formica. they are really successful, and have a clump of eggs and 2 larva!

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and here is my lasius americana colony. I don't know if she has eggs, because of the substrate.

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