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

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#81 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted June 18 2020 - 6:54 AM

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Antdude update?

Sure thing!

 

Update: 6/18/20

 

After the queen laid the last batch of eggs, the pupae started darkening. On 6/13/20 the first captive workers eclosed in great numbers. The colony has nearly doubled in size now, taking lots of roaches, termites, ant brood and crickets all the time. They are definitely doing well so far. I will need to increase their food intake within the next couple weeks, though, as the new eggs will be hatching soon. This batch seems to be a tad smaller than the last, but its still pretty huge. Will update with pics later today.

 

So once the colony gets larger, do you still have to feed them large batches of ant brood or do they take other insects more?

 

They eat any and everything living, but have a food-brood tooth as well.  :lol:


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#82 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 18 2020 - 8:41 AM

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Antdude update?

Sure thing!

 

Update: 6/18/20

 

After the queen laid the last batch of eggs, the pupae started darkening. On 6/13/20 the first captive workers eclosed in great numbers. The colony has nearly doubled in size now, taking lots of roaches, termites, ant brood and crickets all the time. They are definitely doing well so far. I will need to increase their food intake within the next couple weeks, though, as the new eggs will be hatching soon. This batch seems to be a tad smaller than the last, but its still pretty huge. Will update with pics later today.

 

So once the colony gets larger, do you still have to feed them large batches of ant brood or do they take other insects more?

 

They eat any and everything living, but have a food-brood tooth as well.  :lol:

 

Neivamyrmex are brood predators to my knowledge, similar to how Stigmatomma prefer and almost require geophilid centipedes. They can survive without their preferred food but will take a huge hit in terms of growth rate and general survivability.


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#83 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted June 18 2020 - 9:59 AM

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Antdude update?

Sure thing!

Update: 6/18/20

After the queen laid the last batch of eggs, the pupae started darkening. On 6/13/20 the first captive workers eclosed in great numbers. The colony has nearly doubled in size now, taking lots of roaches, termites, ant brood and crickets all the time. They are definitely doing well so far. I will need to increase their food intake within the next couple weeks, though, as the new eggs will be hatching soon. This batch seems to be a tad smaller than the last, but its still pretty huge. Will update with pics later today.
So once the colony gets larger, do you still have to feed them large batches of ant brood or do they take other insects more?
They eat any and everything living, but have a food-brood tooth as well. :lol:
Neivamyrmex are brood predators to my knowledge, similar to how Stigmatomma prefer and almost require geophilid centipedes. They can survive without their preferred food but will take a huge hit in terms of growth rate and general survivability.

And this is why it is essential to have a constant supply of ant brood. In my area they prefer Aphaenogaster brood in the wild.

#84 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted July 15 2020 - 11:34 AM

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Update: 7/15/20

 

I released this colony after the first new workers eclosed. I acomplished what I hoped for, and learned a lot along the way. I will re-activate this journal in 2022, when the N. nigrescens population has grown some, and I will try to capture a newly budded queen. 


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#85 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 5 2021 - 9:41 AM

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wait wait wait wait. So this Neviamyrmex is the army ants right?


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 none for now, planning on being more active this year


#86 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 5 2021 - 9:43 AM

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wait wait wait wait. So this Neviamyrmex is the army ants right?

Yessir. One of the most difficult genera to keep, too.



#87 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 5 2021 - 10:04 AM

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i know right? man i'm jealous, but happy for you at the same time


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Ants I am keeping:

 none for now, planning on being more active this year


#88 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 5 2021 - 10:04 AM

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i know right? man i'm jealous, but happy for you at the same time

Thanks!



#89 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 5 2021 - 10:09 AM

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i know right? man i'm jealous, but happy for you at the same time

Thanks!

 

I'm the latter but not the former. I'd never keep army ants.


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#90 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 5 2021 - 2:18 PM

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yeah, they are both super(?) hard to keep and super expensive


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Ants I am keeping:

 none for now, planning on being more active this year


#91 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 5 2021 - 2:20 PM

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yeah, they are both super(?) hard to keep and super expensive

Yep, pretty much.



#92 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 23 2021 - 8:12 PM

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I found this clip in the depth of my "ant folder", so I've made a short video with it:

 



#93 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 23 2021 - 8:13 PM

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Granted, not the greatest of quality, but its fine, ig.



#94 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 8 2022 - 7:09 AM

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Y'all know what time it is?
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#95 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted January 8 2022 - 7:30 AM

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yes!!!!! (at least I think I know)


Edited by Antkeeper01, January 8 2022 - 7:31 AM.

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1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.

 

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#96 Offline NicholasP - Posted January 8 2022 - 12:06 PM

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What time is it?


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#97 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 8 2022 - 3:06 PM

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Yeah, what time is it, AntDude?
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#98 Online Leptomyrmx - Posted January 8 2022 - 3:34 PM

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It's 10:33 here in Australia.

Oh, just hit 10:34.

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My Ants:

Colonies: Camponotus humilior 1w, Opisthopsis rufithorax 11w, Aphaenogaster longiceps ~5w, Pheidole sp. ~235w ~15m, Iridomyrmex sp. 2q 1w, Brachyponera lutea 6w, Crematogaster sp. ~20w, Podomyrma sp. 1w

Queens: Polyrhachis cf. robinsoni, Polyrhachis (Campomyrma) sp. (likely infertile)

Previously Kept: Colobopsis gasseri, Technomyrmex sp., Rhytidoponera victorae, Nylanderia cf. rosae, Myrmecia brevinoda/forficata, Polyrhachis australis, Solenopsis/Monomorium

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#99 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 8 2022 - 9:59 PM

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It's time for some more Neivamyrmex! Starting on Valentine's Day I'll be on the lookout for a colony. I've waited the two years I promised, and I've seen tons of activity from wild colonies over those two years.
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#100 Offline NicholasP - Posted January 9 2022 - 2:47 PM

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It's time for some more Neivamyrmex! Starting on Valentine's Day I'll be on the lookout for a colony. I've waited the two years I promised, and I've seen tons of activity from wild colonies over those two years.

I wish you good luck! I can say from experience that finding Neivamyrmex is very exciting especially when there's a queen in there.


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