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Manitobant’s dulotic harpagoxenus canadensis journal (discontinued)


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#1 Offline Manitobant - Posted July 15 2020 - 4:53 PM

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today i received an extremely rare harpagoxenus canadensis colony from a friend who found them here in manitoba, a province they haven't been recorded from previously. the colony consists of a queen, 3 slave making workers, 15 leptothorax canadensis slaves and mixed brood of both species. the colony doesn't quite have enough workers for me to let them raid yet (don't want them getting killed by the target colony workers) but they should soon enough.

The queen surrounded by slaves

Harpagoxenus canadensis queen

A worker

Harpagoxenus canadensis worker


Edited by Manitobant, March 25 2021 - 1:35 PM.

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#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted July 15 2020 - 6:11 PM

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Wonderful! The Ants describes their behavior in detail, was very fun to read about. I'd assume it'll be even more fun to watch!


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#3 Offline AntsDakota - Posted July 16 2020 - 5:36 AM

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That is the least queen-looking queen I've ever seen.


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#4 Offline Antkid12 - Posted July 16 2020 - 5:59 AM

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That is the least queen-looking queen I've ever seen.

I concur.


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: 

 

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#5 Offline ponerinecat - Posted July 16 2020 - 8:14 AM

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That is the least queen-looking queen I've ever seen.

I concur.

 

Ergatoid gynes, anyone?



#6 Offline Manitobant - Posted July 16 2020 - 8:56 AM

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She's definitely an alate queen. Although harpagoxenus does have ergatoids, you can see wing scars on this one.

 

 

Harpagoxenus wing scars

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#7 Online Kaelwizard - Posted July 16 2020 - 9:14 AM

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I think he was trying to say that ergatoids are less queen looking than that queen.

#8 Offline Manitobant - Posted July 16 2020 - 3:31 PM

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I think he was trying to say that ergatoids are less queen looking than that queen.

i mean she is also a social parasite so she doesn't look very queen like to begin with

#9 Offline AntsDakota - Posted July 16 2020 - 4:12 PM

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I think he was trying to say that ergatoids are less queen looking than that queen.

i mean she is also a social parasite so she doesn't look very queen like to begin with

 

Well, to me she looks more like a worker than a queen. Most common social parasites actually do look like queens imo.


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#10 Offline Manitobant - Posted January 14 2021 - 3:41 PM

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Update January 14th, 2021

The colony was taken out of hibernation on the 28th of December. They lost quite a few workers, including all the parasite ones. Luckily they have a bunch of large larvae and pupae which should eclose soon. They have also been moved into a Tar Heel Ants atom nest, and the queen is quite physogastric.

#11 Offline NickAnter - Posted March 25 2021 - 1:00 PM

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Update?


Ants in Possession:             

Lasius americanus

Nylanderia vividula

Temnothorax rudis                       My Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube....94qmMPiVKmlVldA             

Pheidole navigans

Cardiocondyla mauritanica

  

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#12 Offline Manitobant - Posted March 25 2021 - 1:31 PM

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Update?

Dead. the colony slowly fizzled out after hibernation, with worker deaths occuring almost every week. Eventually, only the queen and a dulotic worker were left, and me or my friend didn’t have any leptothorax hosts, so i decided to re hibernate them in the very slim chance that they would survive until spring. Sadly, they didn’t and i found the queen dead about a week ago while taking out some lasius claviger queens for experiments. I do hope to try these again, and hopefully get a larger colony. The colony was very young when they were caught, with the queen just having got her nanitics. I do plan to go to that spot with my friend, so this journal will probably come back in due time.

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#13 Offline NickAnter - Posted March 25 2021 - 2:36 PM

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:boohoo:

May they rest in peace.

:boohoo:


Ants in Possession:             

Lasius americanus

Nylanderia vividula

Temnothorax rudis                       My Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube....94qmMPiVKmlVldA             

Pheidole navigans

Cardiocondyla mauritanica

  

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