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Prenolepis Imparis Founding

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#1 Offline jushi - Posted May 6 2020 - 6:12 AM

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(first post!) This is my first time ever raising a P. Imparis colony! I caught six queens in total from April 6-7. I put four queens in one tube, and two queens in another. People generally either say they're super easy to keep, or they're very difficult to keep alive. Both colonies have brood, my two queen colony has a pile of what looks like either first instar larvae or eggs. My four queen colony has a small pile and some scattered brood, and I don't remember seeing any larvae. All of the queens have shed their wings, except for one in the four queen colony who I'm worried might be infertile or uncooperative with the other queens, because I tend to see her biting at the cotton leading out of the tube. This could be from stress though. I've had a problem of constantly checking on them daily, and I'm concerned the four queen colony might have eaten some of their eggs. I put tin foil around both of their tubes, stuck them in my ant drawer, and won't be checking on them until next month. I've talked to several other ant keepers, and some say they're developing very quickly (usually they don't start laying eggs until summer, and others say there could be a problem. When can I expect workers, and what should I do to specialize their care? I've always wanted a colony of these guys and I want to make sure I'm doing everything right! :)

 

Sorry for the bad photo, took this on my phone. I enhanced it to make the queens and eggs look more visible! I don't have any photos of the two queen colony :(


https://lh3.googleus.../2020-05-06.jpg

 

here's the photo :)

 

EDIT: I will be making a journal for these guys! Turns out none of them have any first instar larvae, just some large eggs!


Edited by jushi, May 9 2020 - 10:58 AM.

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KEEPER OF:
 
Tapinoma Sessile (founding) x3
Tapinoma Sessile x1
Camponotus Pennsyvanicus x2
Prenolepis Imparis (founding) x2
Myrmecina Americana (founding) x1
Myrmecina Americana x1

#2 Offline jushi - Posted May 6 2020 - 6:13 AM

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Their eggs are in a pile in this photo (it was taken a week ago), but this changed just recently


KEEPER OF:
 
Tapinoma Sessile (founding) x3
Tapinoma Sessile x1
Camponotus Pennsyvanicus x2
Prenolepis Imparis (founding) x2
Myrmecina Americana (founding) x1
Myrmecina Americana x1

#3 Offline Tfisupe - Posted May 7 2020 - 11:30 AM

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Wow congrats!!

#4 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted May 11 2020 - 9:24 PM

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I think there's a caresheet for Prenolepis imparis. I also think there's a detailed one on reddit's antkeeping forum somewhere, but I don't actually go there so I've only seen it once.


Edited by OhNoNotAgain, May 11 2020 - 9:24 PM.

Veromessor: pergandei, andrei

Camponotus: fragilis (separate journal), sansabeanus, vicinus

Prenolepis: imparis

Pogonomyrmex: californicus; subnitidus

Tetramorium: sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis: angusticollis

(Each genus above has its own journal here on Formiculture)

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#5 Online AntsDakota - Posted May 12 2020 - 6:35 AM

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Here's the Care Sheet.


"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 versionCurrently Keeping: Aphaenogaster picea, Aphaenogaster rudis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Formica subsericea, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Myrmica sp., Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, Ponera pennsylvanica ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________My Journal__________________________________________________________________________________________<p>Attention South Dakotans! Join us on The SoDAK (Society of Dakotan Ant Keepers)





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