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ANTdrew's Pheidole bicarinata Journal - The Phatheads

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#261 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 2 2022 - 1:14 PM

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Wow, what a colony!


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#262 Online UtahAnts - Posted December 2 2022 - 2:35 PM

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Glad to see they moved in and that you found the queen! I sure hope they don't have any more escapes, the lack of sand should keep the glass from being lifted.


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#263 Offline Flu1d - Posted December 2 2022 - 3:52 PM

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Beautiful colony and a beautiful nest! I truly LOVE Pheidole!

UtahAnts put in some serious work on this and it is not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside too.
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#264 Online ANTdrew - Posted December 3 2022 - 3:09 AM

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I forgot to mention, but you can see the workers culling and eating a male in the second photo of my last update. Savage!
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#265 Offline Flu1d - Posted December 3 2022 - 10:25 AM

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I forgot to mention, but you can see the workers culling and eating a male in the second photo of my last update. Savage!

Thanks for pointing it out!
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#266 Offline wisdomteethants - Posted February 1 2023 - 12:16 PM

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I just got my first pheidole bicarinata queen a few days ago, she's way tinier than I expected! She has a small egg pile already and I've enclosed her in the tiny cardboard box she came in but this time with a heat cable running through it, keeping her as warm as possible.

 

This thread was super helpful! I wasn't able to find a thread like this for my japanese pavement ants, so now I feel a lot more prepped for what's to come with these big headed ants! can't wait for the next update :)


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#267 Online ANTdrew - Posted February 1 2023 - 2:16 PM

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I’m glad it has been helpful for you. That is the goal of all my journals. I also wrote a care sheet for these awesome ants as well.
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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.

#268 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted February 3 2023 - 12:43 PM

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Nice job, Andrew! I definitely neglected my Ph. bicarinata colony and they dried out completely about 3 weeks ago. I just moved one of my Ph. pilifera colonies into their old nest.
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#269 Online ANTdrew - Posted March 15 2023 - 8:14 AM

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Update 3-15-2023

 

I checked on Queen Alfhild and the Phatheads last night, and all is well with their diapause slumber. The queen was right in the middle of a big scrum of workers on top of a water tower in their UtahAnts nest. I've been working hard on a new outworld for them with Fort Knox level security features. 

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Last week I added a rim under the lid that is sealed onto the sides with silicone. I'll line the bottom with Fluon to foil their incessant escape attempts. 
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I also repurposed a magnetic removable vent from an old THA formicarium as an added security feature. I look forward to allowing this colony to continue their massive growth without having to worry about escapes. 
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Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#270 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted March 15 2023 - 10:35 AM

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Nice looking outworld. When do you expect them to come out of diapause ?


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#271 Online ANTdrew - Posted March 15 2023 - 11:55 AM

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Nice looking outworld. When do you expect them to come out of diapause ?

Basically whenever I have time again to pick them up.
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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.

#272 Offline Katakros8 - Posted March 15 2023 - 12:03 PM

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I didn't know Pheidole needed any diapause or is it specific species?

#273 Offline Katakros8 - Posted March 15 2023 - 12:04 PM

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I didn't know Pheidole needed any diapause or is it specific species?

#274 Online ANTdrew - Posted March 15 2023 - 12:20 PM

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It may not be strictly needed for this species, but I aim to replicate what wild colonies experience. Plus I like the break from them.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#275 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted March 15 2023 - 12:55 PM

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I didn't know Pheidole needed any diapause or is it specific species?

As a general rule, no, you do not need to subject Pheidole spp. to any sort of diapause. You certainly can diapause temperate species, but it is not necessary. 



#276 Offline DRpepper - Posted March 16 2023 - 5:27 AM

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Nice job, Andrew! I definitely neglected my Ph. bicarinata colony and they dried out completely about 3 weeks ago. I just moved one of my Ph. pilifera colonies into their old nest.

bro i swear your always so busy lmao. stop neglecting the ants. 



#277 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted March 16 2023 - 7:28 PM

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Nice job, Andrew! I definitely neglected my Ph. bicarinata colony and they dried out completely about 3 weeks ago. I just moved one of my Ph. pilifera colonies into their old nest.

bro i swear your always so busy lmao. stop neglecting the ants.

Well, the good news is that all the colonies I have currently are ones I actually like, so I have no intention to neglect them! All but one colony is producing alates now, so I'm excited to see where they end up this year.





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