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Jordan's Formica francoeuri Journal

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#1 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted May 27 2020 - 4:22 PM

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I got this Formica colony from antguy a while back, but I never thought to make a journal for the species. They are fun to keep and also very unpredictable. I'm not sure how large the colony will grow, but I know they can get pretty big. Right now, they're nested in a mini hybrid nest from AntsCanada that I got for free. I was worried they weren't getting enough protein these last few days, so I dropped some meat inside their outworld. Interestingly, I only saw them take it back to their nest today, after it had already dried up. Then, they started rehydrating the meat with the hummingbird nectar I was feeding it. That's why it's all red  :facepalm: Maybe they just like red meat?

Here's a video. Sorry if I seem to be moving the camera around too fast. I'll try to keep it in one place next time.

 

I also have a few pictures from some days ago. 

F. francoeuri 1
F. francoeuri 2

 



#2 Online ANTdrew - Posted May 27 2020 - 5:10 PM

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Wow, so these don’t spin cocoons?
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#3 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted May 27 2020 - 6:05 PM

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Wow, so these don’t spin cocoons?

They're supposed to, but they just decided to stop. I even gave them substrate, but it's possible that they just need a sand surface in order to make cocoons. I mean like it doesn't really matter for me since it's less energy for these ants to worry about. It's also interesting cuz they used to spin cocoons but just stopped recently. (Same conditions)


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#4 Offline Broncos - Posted May 27 2020 - 6:41 PM

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Nice! I have my own Formica Francoeuri and they are a treat to watch!


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Ant Colonies:

Pogonomyrmex Californicus

Pogonomyrmex Rugosus

Camponotus US CA-02

Formica Francoeuri

Novomessor Cockorelli

Youtube:https://www.youtube....-ants-tutorials


#5 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted May 31 2020 - 8:48 PM

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So... I fed them fruit flies 3 months ago. They never got around to eating them all apparently, because now the workers have started to feast on some  :whistle:  B)


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#6 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted June 15 2020 - 10:55 AM

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I got a picture here of the ants attacking a live roach!

Formica francoeuri 1
 
Brood pile shots :)
Formica francoeuri 2
Formica francoeuri 3

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#7 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 15 2020 - 11:21 AM

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Awesome colony!

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25






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