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Ant_Dude2908 & Ferox_Formicae's Neivamyrmex nigrescens Journal (Updated 6/18/20)

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#1 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 2 2020 - 1:45 PM

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Hey all!

Before I go into detail, we know that there will be criticism and backlash involved with collecting a Neivamyrmex colony, so we ask that please, keep any of that out of our journal.

Thanks!


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#2 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 2 2020 - 1:48 PM

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Today I collected a Neivamyrmex nigrescens colony of about 550-600 workers and the one and only queen. I also grabbed any soldiers/majors I found, which was about 40. The colony wasn't huge, and that is the reason I felt okay with collecting them.
The colony was in a rest phase under an old stump, and the queen is getting ready to lay the first eggs of the year. We are working out their permanent home, and hope to keep this colony going for a long time!

Edit: Pics are coming soon btw


Edited by Ant_Dude2908, June 18 2020 - 6:39 AM.

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#3 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted April 2 2020 - 1:51 PM

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We can have our own ideas, but i think it is bad to push them forcefully on others. You can debate them, though.


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#4 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 2 2020 - 1:59 PM

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wow...you're like BBC Nature/Earth now...


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#5 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 2 2020 - 3:02 PM

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Is Ferox contributing to this, or is this going to be your journal...........
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#6 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 2 2020 - 3:05 PM

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Is Ferox contributing to this, or is this going to be your journal...........


I have the colony at my place, but Ferox is helping me with care, brood collection and housing. We might even take turns posting updates.

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#7 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 2 2020 - 3:19 PM

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Alright. I sort of figured, just checking.
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#8 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 2 2020 - 3:20 PM

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Wow, this is new! I should call you guys The Cloud and Dude Joint Ant Force or (TCDJAF for short. IDK why I even bother lol).


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#9 Offline gcsnelling - Posted April 2 2020 - 3:29 PM

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If you got only that many workers the odds are very high that you left a large portion of the colony behind.


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#10 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 2 2020 - 3:32 PM

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If you got only that many workers the odds are very high that you left a large portion of the colony behind.


Yep. I know. I'm out getting the rest right now, actually.

#11 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted April 2 2020 - 4:04 PM

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I've been working on gathering up as much Linepithema brood as I can to send to Ant_Dude to feed to the colony. I'm doing this as, for one, I have easy access to brood of the species and, as Ant_Dude does not have too many invasive species in his area he can gather brood from (lucky...), I'm sending him this brood so he doesn't have to run his native colonies dry. I think this is a fairly efficient system, in my opinion.


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#12 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 2 2020 - 4:09 PM

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I concur 


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#13 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 2 2020 - 4:14 PM

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If you kept a large colony of Linepithima, gathering brood would be much simpler. They would be like feeders.

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#14 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 2 2020 - 4:28 PM

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If you kept a large colony of Linepithima, gathering brood would be much simpler. They would be like feeders.


Fortunately, Linepithema are not found in my area. I live miles away from any large city, so we don't even have Tetramorium.

#15 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 2 2020 - 4:31 PM

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wow


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#16 Offline CheetoLord02 - Posted April 2 2020 - 5:08 PM

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Today I collected a Neivamyrmex nigrescens colony of about 550-600 workers and the one and only queen. I also grabbed any soldiers/majors I found, which was about 40. The colony wasn't huge, and that is the reason I felt okay with collecting them.
The colony was in a rest phase under an old board, and the queen is getting ready to lay the first eggs of the year. We are working out their permanent home, and hope to keep this colony going for a long time!

Edit: Pics are coming soon btw

I'd still be cautious regarding that "long time" biz, as we really don't know what the lifespan of neivamyrmex queens looks like. I've heard estimates that they only live for 3-6 months, although I personally doubt that they are that short-lived. Still, just something I'd like to point out. Either way I'd really like to see some pics, as this is one of the rarer genera to keep. I've only personally seen them in the wild once, so you'd got a great find going on here.


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#17 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 2 2020 - 5:16 PM

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They have some giant gasters (the queens at least)!


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#18 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 2 2020 - 5:18 PM

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If you kept a large colony of Linepithima, gathering brood would be much simpler. They would be like feeders.


Fortunately, Linepithema are not found in my area. I live miles away from any large city, so we don't even have Tetramorium.
Oh, I meant Ferox. Then he wouldn’t have to go searching and digging around every time your ants are hungry...........
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#19 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 2 2020 - 5:19 PM

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Gotta love them slave raiding species


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#20 Offline gcsnelling - Posted April 2 2020 - 5:20 PM

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I don't know where you got a 3-6 month life span, but that is certainly not correct.







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