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#1 Offline BugFinder - Posted April 20 2020 - 6:53 PM

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I was at a customers office in South San Jose on 4/17/20 investigating a report of flying insects when I found and collected this queen.  She was collected with two males that I thought were queens at the time.  On 4/18 I treated the rest of the ants in the office building.

 

I kept the three of them in a plastic bottle until 4/20 when I was able to get some tubes together.  i put her in a tube and discared the two males.  When I collected her, she had both wings, but sometime between then and putting her in the tube she had lost one of her wings.  One wing is still intact.  I don't know if she has mated yet, but she seems to be healthy.  I added some grains of brown sugar to her tube for feed, and placed her in a dark, cabinet.  Photos coming soon!


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#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 20 2020 - 7:53 PM

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He's back. :)


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#3 Offline BugFinder - Posted April 21 2020 - 6:39 PM

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I checked on her today.  she ate about half of the sugar I put in her tube yesteray.  she looks healthy(ish).  I'm hoping she lives and lays eggs.  


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#4 Offline BugFinder - Posted April 25 2020 - 8:02 AM

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I haven't checked on her for a few days because I read they are fully calaustral and I didn't want to bother her.  I checked on her this morning and found a nice little egg pile.  Probably a dozen of eggs or more.  I'm so excited to be ant keeping again!  


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#5 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 25 2020 - 8:13 AM

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I haven't checked on her for a few days because I read they are fully calaustral and I didn't want to bother her.  I checked on her this morning and found a nice little egg pile.  Probably a dozen of eggs or more.  I'm so excited to be ant keeping again!

Those eggs should hatch in a week or two.
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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 25 2020 - 8:56 AM

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Excellent. I’ll be following.
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#7 Offline ponerinecat - Posted April 25 2020 - 9:28 AM

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Tetras are always fun, too bad I don't have them here. Actually i suppose that may be a good thing.


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#8 Offline Temperateants - Posted April 25 2020 - 9:28 AM

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Tetramorium is such a boss genus, they are amazing. Like RIFA but nicer. And they don't eat small vertebrates. 


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#9 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 25 2020 - 9:44 AM

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They would if you gave them one to eat. My mega colony could definitely take down a mouse if I put it in their tank. Not even joking.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

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#10 Offline ADHTCIAD - Posted April 25 2020 - 10:13 AM

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They would if you gave them one to eat. My mega colony could definitely take down a mouse if I put it in their tank. Not even joking.

Lol I so hope my colony ends up that size.


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What do you get if you cross some ants with some ticks...?

All sorts of antics!! ... :lol:

 

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#11 Offline BugFinder - Posted May 8 2020 - 8:31 PM

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I checked the ants today.  Not much change - It looks like she has a huge egg pile, she seems to have tunneled a bit into the cotton ball and pushed the eggs into it.  I put her tube in a box with a little sand, and offered her a little honey.  She has no workers so i know she won't come out and get any of it, but I wanted to have it there so that if I don't notice workers right away they have immediate access to food when they want it, whenever that day comes, lol.  I typically check on them only once every 7-10 days because i want to disturb them as little as possible, the rest of the time they are in the dark in the cabinet where I keep my Tshirts.

 

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#12 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 9 2020 - 7:43 AM

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Most of those eggs will probably be used for food. You should have around ten nanitics.


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#13 Offline BugFinder - Posted May 9 2020 - 7:00 PM

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Is it normal for her to eat most of her eggs, or should i be feeding her?


“If an ant carries an object a hundred times its weight, you can carry burdens many times your size.”  ― Matshona Dhliwayo

 

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#14 Offline BugFinder - Posted May 9 2020 - 7:59 PM

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if I shove a dead cricket into the tube, do you think she will eat it, or should I leave her alone?


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#15 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 10 2020 - 5:14 AM

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if I shove a dead cricket into the tube, do you think she will eat it, or should I leave her alone?

She might eat a cricket leg, but a whole cricket is too much for one queen. It would probably cause mold problems.
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#16 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 10 2020 - 5:50 AM

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I wouldn’t bother her in any way. Tetras are super easy, but they really hate disturbance in their nest area.
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#17 Offline BugFinder - Posted May 18 2020 - 7:16 PM

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It looks like she has hauled her eggs out of the tube and is hanging out with them in a corner of the outworld.  she has also put some of the dirt from her outworld inside the tube.


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#18 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 19 2020 - 7:36 AM

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That’s not a good sign. A fully claustral queen shouldn’t have an outworld yet until she has workers.

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#19 Offline Antkid12 - Posted May 19 2020 - 7:57 AM

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Good luck! A week ago a saw a nuptial flight of Tetramorium but for some reason none of the alates could fly, and they were spinning in circles on the ground.  :thinking:


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Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


#20 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 19 2020 - 8:04 AM

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Good luck! A week ago a saw a nuptial flight of Tetramorium but for some reason none of the alates could fly, and they were spinning in circles on the ground.  :thinking:

If I'm not mistaken, I believe Tetramorium will oftentimes mate on the ground.


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