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Dug up Hypoponera colony, how to keep?


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#1 Offline Solenoqueen - Posted May 21 2020 - 8:41 AM

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A couple days ago, I dug up an entire colony of Hypoponera sp. I have these guys in essentially a dirt box, but I'm not entirely sure if they have specific keeping requirements? I also wonder if I could put them in a proper formicarium like other ants so I could see them better, but I'm not sure if they would prefer that over a dirt box I can't see through. How should I go about keeping these?


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Colonies:
Novomessor cockerelli (30-40 workers)
Hypoponera sp. (40-50 adults)


#2 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted May 21 2020 - 10:18 AM

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I have done the same before. Keep in mind that these colonies only grow to 100 workers max, so you want to get them a small formicarium. A test tube might also be good. I think they eat primarily fruit flies, as well.


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#3 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 21 2020 - 10:34 AM

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I have done the same before. Keep in mind that these colonies only grow to 100 workers max, so you want to get them a small formicarium. A test tube might also be good. I think they eat primarily fruit flies, as well.

They naturally eat springtails, but it's just easier to get fruit flies. They seem to like them just as much.


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#4 Offline NickAnter - Posted May 21 2020 - 11:46 AM

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I think that booklice could also be good. They are also a lot slower than springtails.


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Species I would like to acquire soon(as in 2-5 months): Hypoponera species, Camponotus species that is not in the Myrmentoma subgenus, Solenopsis molesta, Pogonomyrmex californicus, Temnothorax nevadensis(to restart), Manica invidia, Myrmica sp., Crematogaster sp., Acanthomyops, Lasius brevicornis, Formica argentea, Formica aserva, Leptothorax sp., Formica perpilosa, and Tetramorium immigrans.

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#5 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 21 2020 - 1:12 PM

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My time has come. You can def put them in a normal formicarium as long as the tunnels are narrow enough. Feed them dead insects, springtails, symphylans, and maggots, as well as a bit of sugar water soaked into paper. Keep them relatively moist. Hypoponera are surprisingly active for a cryptic ant and can forage in open areas. I've noticed they don't tunnel all that much(well they tunnel a lot but don't use said tunnels except to move around to new foraging areas) and nests are fairly localized within one small spot, so no need for intricate nest design.


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#6 Offline Solenoqueen - Posted May 22 2020 - 8:21 AM

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Update:

I hit up Mack from THA, and I ordered a custom 4.5 inch Inception Chamber with very narrow tunnels and an internal water tower. I hope this works.

 

My time has come. You can def put them in a normal formicarium as long as the tunnels are narrow enough. Feed them dead insects, springtails, symphylans, and maggots, as well as a bit of sugar water soaked into paper. Keep them relatively moist. Hypoponera are surprisingly active for a cryptic ant and can forage in open areas. I've noticed they don't tunnel all that much(well they tunnel a lot but don't use said tunnels except to move around to new foraging areas) and nests are fairly localized within one small spot, so no need for intricate nest design.

 

The little guys are actually doing surprisingly well in the dirtbox setup I placed them in. I opened the bottom hatch to hydrate the nest assuming they wouldn't burrow that far but lo and behold, an ergatoid and two workers peeped outside. I was not a proponent of escape heists, so I quickly plugged it back up. 

I wonder if I can feed them mealworms or red runner bits. They actually like earwigs for some reason as well. I don't plan on getting them any sugar until I move them into the Inception Chamber I ordered, since dirt + sugar residue doesn't sound like a great combination. However, I'll feed them daily, it seems they like springtails and earwigs, so I'll do a little bit of daily experimenting and see where it takes me.


Colonies:
Novomessor cockerelli (30-40 workers)
Hypoponera sp. (40-50 adults)





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