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Aaron's Pheidole morrisii Journal (Updated 9/15/20)

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#1 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 12 2020 - 11:08 AM

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Pheidole morrisii

 

Pheidole morrisii is a widely distributed Pheidole species of eastern North America, where it extends from Florida in the south to New York in the north. They are known for nesting in sand or sandy soils (found very abundantly in Florida) and getting large colonies in the tens of thousands. Their queens, at about 8-10 millimeters long, are the largest Pheidole queens in the eastern United States, just beating Pheidole obscurithorax, the introduced South American species.

 

June 4, 2020

 

On this day I received my very first Pheidole morrisii queen from user 123LordOfAnts123. She already had a small ball of eggs.

 

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Here she is compared to a queen of Pheidole obscurithorax (left), which were previously the largest Pheidole queens I'd seen.

 

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June 11, 2020

 

One week later, she has well over a hundred eggs (nearing 200) and the first few larvae are beginning to hatch. I have never seen P. obscurithorax or dentata anywhere near this prolific during founding.

 

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Edited by Aaron567, September 15 2020 - 1:29 PM.

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#2 Offline ArmyAntz - Posted June 12 2020 - 11:43 AM

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What camera lens are you using? (´・_・`)


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#3 Offline Antkid12 - Posted June 12 2020 - 12:24 PM

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This is my favorite species, sooo jealous!  :)


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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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#4 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 18 2020 - 11:35 AM

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What camera lens are you using? (´・_・`)

 

A Canon MP-E 65mm.


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#5 Offline ArmyAntz - Posted June 18 2020 - 2:21 PM

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Those photos are extremely beautiful, especially the first two.


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#6 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 20 2020 - 9:49 AM

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June 20, 2020

 

The first two pupae have arrived. Though she used to have nearly 200 eggs, it seems that most of these were used as food for the queen and/or the larvae. Judging by the amount of larvae there are, it looks like she will have around 30 nanitics.

 

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#7 Offline Antkid12 - Posted June 20 2020 - 3:03 PM

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I'm hoping to catch one of these soon! 


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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#8 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 29 2020 - 10:08 AM

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June 29, 2020

 

The first two nanitics have eclosed. 

 

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#9 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 29 2020 - 10:12 AM

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Beautiful! I am hoping to get more of these this season. Mine never made it past larvae last year.



#10 Offline Antkid12 - Posted June 29 2020 - 2:27 PM

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Wow, these guys grow fast!


Edited by Antkid12, July 1 2020 - 10:38 AM.

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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#11 Offline Aaron567 - Posted July 15 2020 - 2:00 PM

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July 15, 2020

 

Looks like all nanitics have eclosed. There are somewhere between 25 and 30 of them. Yesterday I gave the colony an outworld for ease of feeding (an acrylic container with sand that I set the tube directly inside), because the large amount of nanitics means it's already difficult to put food in their tube without escapes :)

 

I will try to get better pictures for the next update but these are what I have for now.

 

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#12 Offline Antkid12 - Posted July 15 2020 - 3:14 PM

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Nice! I finally got one of these, she's a bit smaller than yours.


Edited by Antkid12, July 19 2020 - 3:08 PM.

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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#13 Offline Aaron567 - Posted July 26 2020 - 12:07 PM

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July 26, 2020

 

Around 40 workers now. There are already several major larvae and pupae. I've been feeding sugar water and crickets.

 

If you look in the second photo it looks like they might be getting a "median" worker, something I usually only see in Pheidole colonies that are just getting their first majors. 

 

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#14 Offline Aaron567 - Posted August 5 2020 - 12:46 PM

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August 5, 2020

 

The first majors have eclosed. Three of them hatched all at the same time and there are more coming close. Major larvae/pupae are showing up left and right! 

 

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#15 Offline ponerinecat - Posted August 5 2020 - 12:50 PM

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Lovely ants.


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#16 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 5 2020 - 1:17 PM

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Awesome! I hope they are more hardy than the similar looking vistana on the west coast.


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Colonies:

Nylanderia vividula   (250 workers, and male/female alates)             Founding Queens                          

Lasius niger   (15 workers)                                                      Temnothorax nevadensisx12(1 queen with an egg)

Lasius cf. americanus   (55+ workers)                                     Tetramorium bicarinatum   (Larvae)

Pheidole navigans   (25+workers)                                            Lasius brevicornis(No brood)

Solenopsis molesta group  (4 workers)                                    Lasius cf. crypticus(no brood)

Solenopsis xyloni   (5 workers)                                


#17 Offline Antkid12 - Posted August 5 2020 - 1:20 PM

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The majors look so cool!


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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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#18 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted August 5 2020 - 3:12 PM

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Gorgeous photos! Your Pheidole definitely developed a lot faster than mine, this just makes me more and more excited.
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#19 Offline Antkeeper014 - Posted August 5 2020 - 3:32 PM

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Awesome photos, I love this species. Keep us updated

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#20 Offline Aaron567 - Posted August 14 2020 - 7:34 PM

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August 14, 2020

 

Wasn't really intending on updating this soon, but the brood pile this colony has is phenomenal. The colony is currently nearing 70 workers, but it looks like they may be exceeding 200 in a few weeks once the current brood becomes workers. There is a very cool little median worker that I tried (and failed) to get pictures of, but hopefully I will have the chance to photograph it eventually. It's hardly larger than a minor worker, but has the noticeably larger head, though nowhere near the size of a major.

 

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