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jushi's Myrmecina Americana Journal!

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#1 Offline jushi - Posted May 16 2020 - 9:47 AM

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May 16, 2020

 

So today I was lucky enough to come across a Myrmecina Americana queen! I found her huddled under a stone in a walkway. Here's more info if needed:

 

https://www.formicul...nd/#entry146726

 

These queens are semi-claustral, making them my first semi-claustral queen I have ever cared for! She is also extremely tiny (3-4mm in length) and I have no idea how I would be able to see her eggs! I'm currently doing my research and will feed her soon. I'm still figuring out their growth rate, and I would greatly appreciate any help from people who have kept this species. This should be a fun colony to raise!

 

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Myrmecina Americana queen in her test tube setup (day of capture) [ABOVE]

 

I found some insects under the same rock I found her under, so I froze them and fed them to her. She immediately began eating them, and should be set for protein for the next week or so.

 

May 27, 2020

 

It's been a 11 days and still no eggs. She seems to be settled in nicely however, and I'll give her some time. She really like to eat springtails, but she has a hard time hunting them, so I pre-kill them instead. She usually eats the whole thing in a few days! Hopefully with this new energy boost, she will lay some eggs. Fingers crossed!

 

I have a colony I've also caught, and they just recently moved into their test tube setup! There is about 30 workers now, the rest drowned in the olive oil barrier I used :( they are doing very well though! These ants are VERY protein hungry. I've even seen them go after centipedes and beetle grub.


Edited by jushi, May 27 2020 - 5:21 PM.

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#2 Offline Canadant - Posted May 16 2020 - 8:11 PM

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Best of luck!
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#3 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 17 2020 - 6:13 AM

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She is also extremely tiny (3-4mm in length)

Fortunately, I believe workers are not that much smaller than the queens, so you will be able to see them.


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#4 Offline jushi - Posted May 18 2020 - 3:56 AM

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She is also extremely tiny (3-4mm in length)

Fortunately, I believe workers are not that much smaller than the queens, so you will be able to see them.

 

 

That's good to hear. The workers look like smaller versions of Tetramorium immigrans


Best of luck!

 

Thanks!


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#5 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted May 18 2020 - 6:52 AM

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Good luck with this queen!
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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 18 2020 - 12:41 PM

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Good luck! I’ll be following this.
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#7 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted May 18 2020 - 5:12 PM

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Same. i also have a myrmica colony, so it will be interesting to compare the behaviors.


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#8 Offline NickAnter - Posted May 18 2020 - 5:37 PM

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This is Myrmecina, not Myrmica.


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Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax nevadensis, Temnothorax chandleri, Temnothorax arboreus Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis xyloni, Formica perpilosa, Formica cf. lasiodes, Formica cf. neogagates Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex salinus, and Myrmecocystus testaceus!!!!

 

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...


#9 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted May 19 2020 - 9:43 AM

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Don't Myrmecina mostly eat mites or something like that?



#10 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 19 2020 - 11:23 AM

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Never heard that. AntWiki just says they're predaceous, and don't tend aphids/mealybugs.


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#11 Offline jushi - Posted May 30 2020 - 2:56 PM

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Good luck! I’ll be following this.

 

Thanks! I'll document them as well as I can!


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Myrmecina Americana (founding) x1
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#12 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted May 30 2020 - 3:48 PM

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This is Myrmecina, not Myrmica.

Whops. sorry!


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Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. -Proverbs 6: 6-8

My Journals:

Formica Species Journal

Myrmica Species Journal

My South Dakotan Shop Here

Attention Ant-Keepers in South Dakota! Join the SoDak(Society Of Dakotan Ant Keepers)






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