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Stigmatomma pallipes Founding

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#1 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted May 7 2020 - 3:36 AM

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Hello everyone! Since I'm leaving soon on my mission (I don't know when quite yet, but it seems I've got some time before then, give or take 4-6 months) I've decided to found 1 last Stigmatomma pallipes Queen before I go. This is my specialty ant on this forum and I thought a lot of people would like to have the necessary information to keep these interesting ants! This will allow those who need help with them to still have my information while I'll be gone for 2 years. I hope that this will help! 

 

First off, you obviously need a queen. IDing is important! You can tell queens from workers by they large thorax (there's many other signs but in the moment, when you lift a rock you won't see those signs as fast as you see this one)

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Now you can find Stigmatomma pallipes under rocks in deciduous forests. You may have to look closely as thy like to freeze/move slowly and will even curl into a ball, which can make them hard to notice. You can also find queens during their nuptial flights in August-September. Mine typically fly August 29th and September 12th. (3x on August 29th and 2x on September 12th over the past 5 years). But keep a look out in your area, it may be different and based off of weather conditions. Black lights are the best way to find them, go to other people's journals on black lights to understand how they work and the best places to put them. (There's too much info on them that I just couldn't fit it all here.)

 

 

Now to my queen. I've had her for 7-8 days. She's already laid 2 eggs (by the way, they have egg laying seasons, so don't be discouraged if your queen isn't laying, it's probably not their time yet and it depends on your region). She laid them last night. I'll post pictures later today! And as new events happen I'll add extra caring info on these girls!

 

*Update 5/8/2020* 

 

I keep these ants at room temperature, which is about 73-76 depending on the year. Also, I keep their humidity at 70%, don't go higher as you'll grow mold and mycelium (mushroom stuff) will grow across you're line of sight rendering the point of glass/plexiglass/acrylic useless. But also don't go anymore than 5% lower than 70%, as the workers die...

 

 

*Update 5/11/2020*

 

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She has 3 eggs now!!

 


Edited by VenomousBeast, May 11 2020 - 5:04 AM.

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1 Stigmatomma pallipes queen (6 eggs so far and they're soon to hatch)

 

NOTES: I'm about to leave on a mission (2 years) for my church and so I've been selling/giving away some of my colonies as I won't be able to care for them here soon.


#2 Offline Antkid12 - Posted May 7 2020 - 4:24 AM

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Awsome, (y) I caught a colony of these under a rock! Not sure if I have the queen tho.


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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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#3 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 7 2020 - 6:01 AM

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I once found a colony of these in my yard. It was several years ago, though, and I was pretty inexperienced, and couldn’t care for them.
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#4 Offline ForestDragon - Posted May 7 2020 - 6:02 AM

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#5 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted May 7 2020 - 7:24 AM

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Awesome info. I love these ants, so I hope you don't mind me laying claim to the queen/colony once you depart on your mission :)

Edit: if at all possible of course, who knows...


Edited by FeedTheAnts, May 7 2020 - 7:25 AM.

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Colonies:                                                                      Founding queens:

Crematogaster ashmeadi -- 2500 workers             Colobopsis sp -- 3 queens  

Camponotus chromaiodes -- 100 workers             Solenopsis (not "fire ant") sp --4 queens

Formica pallidefulva -- 60 workers                     Pheidole sp -- 2 queens

                                                                                    Tetramorium sp -- 1 queen


#6 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted May 7 2020 - 7:59 AM

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Awesome info. I love these ants, so I hope you don't mind me laying claim to the queen/colony once you depart on your mission :)

Edit: if at all possible of course, who knows...

Sure! You may have her and whatever workers she may develop (if she even survives)!


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1 Stigmatomma pallipes queen (6 eggs so far and they're soon to hatch)

 

NOTES: I'm about to leave on a mission (2 years) for my church and so I've been selling/giving away some of my colonies as I won't be able to care for them here soon.


#7 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted May 8 2020 - 2:52 AM

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*New Update* I've been trying to take pictures of her and her eggs but they all come back blurry so I ordered a digital microscope, so for the time being, no pictures... 

 

She still has only 2 eggs. She hasn't eaten them yet, which is also good. Also, she doesn't seem disturbed by the light at all! 

 

I also added more to the original post above about their care!


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-Haden Lee
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1 Stigmatomma pallipes queen (6 eggs so far and they're soon to hatch)

 

NOTES: I'm about to leave on a mission (2 years) for my church and so I've been selling/giving away some of my colonies as I won't be able to care for them here soon.


#8 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted May 11 2020 - 4:44 AM

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*Update* I got my digital microscope! She also now has 3 eggs! Pictures are in the original post!



-Haden Lee
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1 Stigmatomma pallipes queen (6 eggs so far and they're soon to hatch)

 

NOTES: I'm about to leave on a mission (2 years) for my church and so I've been selling/giving away some of my colonies as I won't be able to care for them here soon.


#9 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 11 2020 - 6:24 AM

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All I get is males... :(


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#10 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 11 2020 - 6:32 AM

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Never seen any alates of this species. The one colony I found was living under a rock.


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