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CatsnAnts' Temnothorax ambiguus Journal (Updated 8-30-2020) - Nanitics / Maybe not T. ambiguus?


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#1 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 23 2020 - 7:29 PM

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Temnothorax ambiguus, similar to most other Temnothorax, are night-flyers. I ended up catching a bunch on my black-light and put eight of them together in a test tube. One tiny queen was killed off initially, but up to this day all of them have been getting along. They have some small larve now mixed into their egg pile:

Temnothorax ambiguus (7 queens):
This colony is doing pretty well so far, figured I might as well create a journal on them since they are closer to nanitics than my other colonies (again, got a reversal-ring, but need to adjust some settings still):
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#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted July 23 2020 - 8:56 PM

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Beautiful! I really need to start looking for the local yellow sp more.


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#3 Offline M_Ants - Posted July 23 2020 - 9:38 PM

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I want these so much. No idea how to find them though.


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Solenopsis molesta- 2 queens all workers escaped :(

Pheidole sp. 1 (1)

Veromessor pergandei- 3 queens 50ish workers and brood

Veromessor andrei-multiple colonies 2 for sale

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#4 Offline ponerinecat - Posted July 24 2020 - 7:10 AM

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I want these so much. No idea how to find them though.

I find that they like nesting under rocks and fallen chunks of wood, but not large pieces. Will also inhabit any hollow debris next to the nest focal point (a small rock, piece of wood, twig, etc.)



#5 Offline Antkid12 - Posted July 24 2020 - 7:10 AM

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Nice!


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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#6 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 26 2020 - 5:09 PM

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Temnothorax ambiguus (7 queens):

These queens should be getting pupae soon, and it seems as though they are all still tolerant of one-another. Hopefully it will stay that way, but I may feed them some honey to encourage good behavior:

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#7 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted August 8 2020 - 7:01 AM

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Update 8-8-2020

 

 

Temnothorax ambiguus (7 queens):

 

These queens have not had any more fighting since the fist queen was killed a while back, so I think it's safe to say that they will remain passive towards one another. I fed them a lot of honey as well, even though they probably didn't need it, it was more for the fact that I didn't want them to fight over a potential lack of resources. This colony appears to have some pupating larvae, so it shouldn't be long before workers!

 

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#8 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted August 30 2020 - 3:51 PM

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Update 8-30-2020

 

 

Temnothorax ambiguus (7 queens):

 

Yay, the first nanitic has eclosed! I was fairly certain that these were T. ambiguus, but the worker has black spots on its abdomen signalling that these are not T. ambiguus? I need some input on the ID.

 

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#9 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted October 17 2020 - 6:45 AM

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Update 10-17-2020

 

 

Temnothorax sp. (6 queens):

 

This colony is still doing well, and I just need to wait about a month longer before the second generation of workers arrives to see further developments on what species this is. Sorry for the atrocious photos, test tubes caused a lot of glare:

 

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#10 Offline TechAnt - Posted October 17 2020 - 8:47 AM

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Welcome back! What about the T. ambiguus / curvisponus experiment?
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Ants:
(x1) Campontous semitstaceus ~20 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Pheidole californica 100-50 workers, 4 Queens
(x1) Camponotus vicinus ~10 workers, 1 Queen (all black variety)
(x1) Tetramorium immigrans ~lots and lots of brood / ~too many workers, 1 Queen
(x8) Myrmercocystus mexicanus -1 Queen
(x5) Mymercocystus mimcus -1 Queen
(x1) Mymercocystus testaceus ~15 workers, 1 Queen

A little topic I'm working on: https://www.formicul...ve/#entry164553

 


#11 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted October 17 2020 - 9:06 AM

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Welcome back! What about the T. ambiguus / curvisponus experiment?

 I ended up releasing both queens shortly after the last update, I simply need to limit my number of colonies, although I do plan on trying next year again.


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#12 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted October 17 2020 - 10:42 AM

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Welcome back!



#13 Offline TechAnt - Posted October 17 2020 - 10:47 AM

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Welcome back! What about the T. ambiguus / curvisponus experiment?

 I ended up releasing both queens shortly after the last update, I simply need to limit my number of colonies, although I do plan on trying next year again.
Aw, I was really curious how that was going to turn out.

Ants:
(x1) Campontous semitstaceus ~20 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Pheidole californica 100-50 workers, 4 Queens
(x1) Camponotus vicinus ~10 workers, 1 Queen (all black variety)
(x1) Tetramorium immigrans ~lots and lots of brood / ~too many workers, 1 Queen
(x8) Myrmercocystus mexicanus -1 Queen
(x5) Mymercocystus mimcus -1 Queen
(x1) Mymercocystus testaceus ~15 workers, 1 Queen

A little topic I'm working on: https://www.formicul...ve/#entry164553

 





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