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

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#21 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 5 2020 - 9:09 AM

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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

This colony had some workers, but was neglected, and everything was dead, except the queen. i got if for free, and am nursing it back to full health.


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#22 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted March 5 2020 - 10:00 AM

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Nice man!


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#23 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 5 2020 - 12:50 PM

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I believe the Lasius has a larvae (right by her it's curvy so it defiantly isn't substrate), so congrats!


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#24 Offline DDD101DDD - Posted March 5 2020 - 2:06 PM

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I believe the Lasius has a larvae (right by her it's curvy so it defiantly isn't substrate), so congrats!

Larva have a dark spot in them, I think that's just a piece of sand.


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#25 Online AntsDakota - Posted March 5 2020 - 3:33 PM

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Yes. And it's not like Lasius to lay only one egg in a batch. It's not uncommon for them to lay at least a couple dozen.


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#26 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 5 2020 - 4:39 PM

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I did put some eggs in there, so maybe they became larvae?


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#27 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 5 2020 - 4:44 PM

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maybe...


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#28 Online AntsDakota - Posted March 5 2020 - 4:57 PM

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I did put some eggs in there, so maybe they became larvae?

From where?

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#29 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 6 2020 - 9:16 AM

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I did put some eggs in there, so maybe they became larvae?

From where?

 

from before she hibernated. She had a batch. I didn't know if she had found them, though...


Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. -Proverbs 6: 6-8

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#30 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 12 2020 - 8:14 AM

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Update #3-3/12/2020

Here is my update. The solenopsis molesta is doing good, they have a huge batch of eggs. There is 6 or 7 queens(one might be dead or dying, i can't tell)

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My formica is also doing good with maybe 10 eggs, and there might be 1 or 2 small larvae in there

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And my tetramorium is doing good as always, with some new pupa.

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Lasius had been given to AntsDakota.


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#31 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted March 12 2020 - 9:12 AM

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Looks like their doin' good! That is alot of solenopsis queens :D By the way, what happened to that large colony that you dug up? The red ants, I can't remember what they were called :facepalm:


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#32 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 12 2020 - 12:00 PM

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Looks like their doin''' good! That is alot of solenopsis queens :D By the way, what happened to that large colony that you dug up? The red ants, I can't remember what they were called :facepalm:

Myrmica Americana. The hibernation in SD took them :*(


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#33 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted March 12 2020 - 12:23 PM

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Oh no!!!!! I’m so sorry! Hopefully you will find an awesome colony that you like this year.


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#34 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 12 2020 - 12:26 PM

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Oh no!!!!! I’m so sorry!

I have learned my lesson. never put a colony in any small nest outside for hibernation. Something funny though, my only colony that survived was a lasius that was in a test tube, yet a colony in a Air Conditioning tower disn't survive(Yes, i do not like AntsCanada towers at all (n))


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#35 Online AntsDakota - Posted March 12 2020 - 12:27 PM

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Pogonomyrmex are more interesting than Myrmica anyways. They’re always there if you ever wanted to buy some.......

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#36 Offline Thunder_Birds - Posted March 12 2020 - 12:28 PM

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Shoot! Well, as I said before, it’s part of the ant journey, and guess what? You learned something out of it! So, that’s good news...


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#37 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 12 2020 - 12:29 PM

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Shoot! Well, as I said before, it’s part of the ant journey, and guess what? You learned something out of it!

Never said better. It took me 3 years to raise my first queen to workers. It was formica.


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#38 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 19 2020 - 8:58 AM

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Update #4 3/19/2020

Quick note, I will be on formiculture rarely in the next months, as i am working on other things related to ants. Just wanted to note that.

Now, for my Formica. She has a clump of eggs, and maybe 3 larvae? Not positive.

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And here is for a new colony given to my by Ants4Fun. A Camponotus Pennsalvanicus queen. She has laid 3 eggs.

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#39 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 19 2020 - 9:02 AM

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Also on a good note for Ants4Fun, I did a business trade with him, and was 100% thrilled with the quality and design of the formicarium

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I will highly enjoy doing business with him in the future.


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#40 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 19 2020 - 9:05 AM

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It's a  shame that you aren't going to be on as much in the following months, it was always a joy to talk to you :(


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