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TennesseeAnts' Neivamyrmex Journal (I've Done it Again...)

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#41 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 10 2020 - 6:22 PM

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I have an army ant meme that Ant_Dude has seen, and I don't know if I should post it, or let it be...


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#42 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 12 2020 - 5:52 PM

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Update: 4/12/20

And so it begins...

The queen has laid a massive pile of eggs, and I can't even count how many there are. She is almost completely immobile, as she has turned into a big egg laying balloon. We will up food intake these next few weeks, as the growing brood is going to need a ton of food. Once the eggs hatch they will begin to take insects as well as the normal ant brood.

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#43 Offline AntsExodus - Posted April 12 2020 - 7:12 PM

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around how may eggs do you think she laid?


also can i see pics of there setup?


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#44 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted April 12 2020 - 8:02 PM

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Hehe, I like that song...


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#45 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 12 2020 - 9:52 PM

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around how may eggs do you think she laid?also can i see pics of there setup?


Absolutely no clue! Soon as she lays a batch they hide the eggs in the bivoac.

#46 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 13 2020 - 6:17 AM

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If only the bivoac was up against the glass............

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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


#47 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 13 2020 - 7:24 AM

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Oh, last night they did end up taking the rest of the Linepithema brood, an adult earwig and a Camponotus pennsylvanicus alate.


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#48 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 20 2020 - 5:40 PM

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Update: 4/20/20

 

More Eggs!

 

The queen seems to be slimming down, meaning she is still laying eggs, just not producing any more at the moment. They are up to about 1k eggs now, and I gave them 120 or so termites to feast on today. Once those larvae start hatching in the next week or so, we should see a huge surge in foraging activity. I have more petri dishes on the way to make more lab style nests for them to migrate to once the brood rearing stage is over.


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#49 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 20 2020 - 5:42 PM

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wow, and I thought your Formica Pacifica queen laying was impressive. Lol


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#50 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 20 2020 - 6:05 PM

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Having a few mature termite colonies would be helpful, I’m assuming.
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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


#51 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 20 2020 - 6:07 PM

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Having a few mature termite colonies would be helpful, I’m assuming.

Not when your entire area is overrun by Reticulitermes flavipes… I could go out for 15 mins and collect a little over 300 with my aspirator if I needed to.


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#52 Offline AntsExodus - Posted April 21 2020 - 7:21 PM

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Me too! My backyard is a forest and I go outside for 5 min and I have a bucket filled with termites!


The aspirator is definitely a life saving tool.


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#53 Offline Nare - Posted April 22 2020 - 1:24 PM

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Having a few mature termite colonies would be helpful, I’m assuming.

Not when your entire area is overrun by Reticulitermes flavipes… I could go out for 15 mins and collect a little over 300 with my aspirator if I needed to.

 

:o  :ugone2far:


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#54 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 22 2020 - 1:35 PM

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I don't believe I've actually even seen a live termite in my life.  :lol:


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#55 Offline Vendayn - Posted April 23 2020 - 12:37 PM

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Update: 4/20/20

 

More Eggs!

 

The queen seems to be slimming down, meaning she is still laying eggs, just not producing any more at the moment. They are up to about 1k eggs now, and I gave them 120 or so termites to feast on today. Once those larvae start hatching in the next week or so, we should see a huge surge in foraging activity. I have more petri dishes on the way to make more lab style nests for them to migrate to once the brood rearing stage is over.

I just don't think there are that many eggs being laid. I think this is a grossly exaggerated number. Did you count each egg? Did you do a proper algorithm using a computer machine? Yes yes army ants do lay eggs, but its only a couple hundred or few hundred at most. Its just not possible they lay that many eggs that fast.



#56 Offline ponerinecat - Posted April 23 2020 - 12:43 PM

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Update: 4/20/20

 

More Eggs!

 

The queen seems to be slimming down, meaning she is still laying eggs, just not producing any more at the moment. They are up to about 1k eggs now, and I gave them 120 or so termites to feast on today. Once those larvae start hatching in the next week or so, we should see a huge surge in foraging activity. I have more petri dishes on the way to make more lab style nests for them to migrate to once the brood rearing stage is over.

I just don't think there are that many eggs being laid. I think this is a grossly exaggerated number. Did you count each egg? Did you do a proper algorithm using a computer machine? Yes yes army ants do lay eggs, but its only a couple hundred or few hundred at most. Its just not possible they lay that many eggs that fast.

 

While I do agree, check out the photos in Purdues past journal. They lay a lot.



#57 Offline NickAnter - Posted April 23 2020 - 12:45 PM

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I think he was making a joke :lol:


Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#58 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 23 2020 - 2:57 PM

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Update: 4/20/20
 
More Eggs!
 
The queen seems to be slimming down, meaning she is still laying eggs, just not producing any more at the moment. They are up to about 1k eggs now, and I gave them 120 or so termites to feast on today. Once those larvae start hatching in the next week or so, we should see a huge surge in foraging activity. I have more petri dishes on the way to make more lab style nests for them to migrate to once the brood rearing stage is over.

I just don't think there are that many eggs being laid. I think this is a grossly exaggerated number. Did you count each egg? Did you do a proper algorithm using a computer machine? Yes yes army ants do lay eggs, but its only a couple hundred or few hundred at most. Its just not possible they lay that many eggs that fast.

Ah. Yes my mistake. I'll break out the Egg-Counter9000.
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#59 Offline gcsnelling - Posted April 23 2020 - 3:54 PM

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Off his meds I think.


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#60 Offline Vendayn - Posted April 23 2020 - 5:12 PM

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Off his meds I think.

Didn't you post something similar in my thread? You must been off your meds as well. Explains a lot.

 

Also, you took the bait. I was hoping you'd respond, because its now obvious you were just trolling my thread. You got hooked. Also you are a fraud anyway, someone who truly cares about nature and wildlife and keeping invasives away wouldn't go somewhere and go "hmm, we can save all these native animals. But they might get a virus, we should kill them all instead". You are nothing but a conartist to the nature world.


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