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rcbuggy88's Liometopum occidentale Journal (Updated 6/18/20)

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#1 Offline rcbuggy88 - Posted June 4 2020 - 8:00 PM

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6/4/20

 

Received 2 Liometopum occidentale colonies from jeffpbalderston. They both have their first generation nanitics (which is a lot). I have put in a nurbs-like test tube formicarium. I coated the walls and roof with fluon yet the ants still can climb (uh-oh :facepalm: ). I fed with some honey-water and bloodworm soup. They immediately started drinking the honey-water have yet to touch the bloodworm soup. 


Edited by rcbuggy88, June 18 2020 - 7:16 PM.

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Currently Keeping: Camponotus clarithorax, Camponotus hyatti, Tetramorium immigransNylanderia vividula, Liometopum occidentaleCamponotus modoc, Zootermopsis sp.

Wanted: Acromyrmex versicolor, Myrmecocystus sp., Camponotus us-ca02 (vibrant red not dull orange), Prenolepis imparis, Anything else I don't have lol...

Kept Before: Solenopsis molesta, Prenolepis imparis (still got one, but infertile)


#2 Offline rcbuggy88 - Posted June 4 2020 - 8:04 PM

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6/4/20 Photos

(will take macros soon but can't currently without opening lid and letting ants out whups)

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My Shop     :D  :iamsohappy:  :dance3:  :yahoo:

Currently Keeping: Camponotus clarithorax, Camponotus hyatti, Tetramorium immigransNylanderia vividula, Liometopum occidentaleCamponotus modoc, Zootermopsis sp.

Wanted: Acromyrmex versicolor, Myrmecocystus sp., Camponotus us-ca02 (vibrant red not dull orange), Prenolepis imparis, Anything else I don't have lol...

Kept Before: Solenopsis molesta, Prenolepis imparis (still got one, but infertile)


#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 5 2020 - 7:12 AM

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Very nice! I really hope to get some of these of luctuosum next week. Good luck to you!


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Hi there! I went on a 6 month or so hiatus, in part due, and in part cause of the death of my colonies. 

However, I went back to the Sierras, and restarted my collection, which is now as follows:

Aphaenogaster uinta, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus modoc, Formica cf. aserva, Formica cf. micropthalma, Formica cf. manni, Formica subpolita, Formica cf. subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Manica invidia, Pogonomyrmex salinus, Pogonomyrmex sp. 1, Solenopsis validiuscula, & Solenopsis sp. 3 (new Sierra variant). 


#4 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 5 2020 - 9:11 AM

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Fluon will not work in such a small container because the two test tubes in there will raise humidity enough that it turns sticky. Fluon works best in taller containers that are very well ventilated.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#5 Offline rcbuggy88 - Posted June 9 2020 - 2:24 PM

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Cool thanks! I guess I'll switch to Talcum for these guys.


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Currently Keeping: Camponotus clarithorax, Camponotus hyatti, Tetramorium immigransNylanderia vividula, Liometopum occidentaleCamponotus modoc, Zootermopsis sp.

Wanted: Acromyrmex versicolor, Myrmecocystus sp., Camponotus us-ca02 (vibrant red not dull orange), Prenolepis imparis, Anything else I don't have lol...

Kept Before: Solenopsis molesta, Prenolepis imparis (still got one, but infertile)


#6 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted June 9 2020 - 3:00 PM

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I'll have to follow this journal; I've always liked these ants, and I consider them one of the more underrated species.


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Tetramorium immigrans, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Myrmica punctiventris, Formica subsericea

Formica pallidefulva, Aphaeogaster cf. rudis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus nearcticus

Crematogaster cerasi

Temnothorax ambiguus

Prenolepis imparis


#7 Offline rcbuggy88 - Posted June 9 2020 - 3:25 PM

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6/9/20

 

rip had about 10 workers escape from the other colony still in a test tube. They were able to chew a tiny tunnel to squeeze through. I was able to capture maybe 6 workers. I have a next but something happened to the hydrostone which made the top kind of flakey while the rest is normal? Nothing different than what I did the first time. Luckily I have 2 colonies so its kind of just a backup colony.


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My Shop     :D  :iamsohappy:  :dance3:  :yahoo:

Currently Keeping: Camponotus clarithorax, Camponotus hyatti, Tetramorium immigransNylanderia vividula, Liometopum occidentaleCamponotus modoc, Zootermopsis sp.

Wanted: Acromyrmex versicolor, Myrmecocystus sp., Camponotus us-ca02 (vibrant red not dull orange), Prenolepis imparis, Anything else I don't have lol...

Kept Before: Solenopsis molesta, Prenolepis imparis (still got one, but infertile)


#8 Offline rcbuggy88 - Posted June 18 2020 - 7:15 PM

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6/18/20

 

Good colony got second batch of workers (they all eclose at the same time basically). Couldn't take any pictures since workers were crowding at the lip of the lid, will try to get some tomorrow. An observation is that workers seem to head back into the nest at night when it cools down.


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My Shop     :D  :iamsohappy:  :dance3:  :yahoo:

Currently Keeping: Camponotus clarithorax, Camponotus hyatti, Tetramorium immigransNylanderia vividula, Liometopum occidentaleCamponotus modoc, Zootermopsis sp.

Wanted: Acromyrmex versicolor, Myrmecocystus sp., Camponotus us-ca02 (vibrant red not dull orange), Prenolepis imparis, Anything else I don't have lol...

Kept Before: Solenopsis molesta, Prenolepis imparis (still got one, but infertile)






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