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Dspdrew's Liometopum occidentale Journal [38] (Discontinued)

Liometopum occidentale Dspdrew journal

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#141 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 13 2019 - 10:57 AM

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Update 1-13-2019

Both colonies are dead.



#142 Offline Thebrute99 - Posted January 17 2019 - 11:01 PM

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Do you know what happened

#143 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted June 17 2019 - 7:42 PM

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Have you ever tried putting multiple queens together?



#144 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 18 2019 - 12:56 AM

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No, they are not polygyne.



#145 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 13 2019 - 2:39 AM

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Update 7-13-2019

I found a few more of these queens in Trabuco Canyon on June 9th.
 
Two days later all but one removed their wings.
 
I found another one of these in Trabuco Canyon on June 30th.
 
A couple days ago the three colonies I had left from the first night got their first workers, but one of the queens died.
 
Last night (July 12th) I found another two in Trabuco Canyon again. It's weird to find these this late in the year, but with the freezing cold weather we have been having, I guess I'm not surprised.
 
I'll be moving all of the ones with workers into small Starter formicariums.

#146 Offline FSTP - Posted July 13 2019 - 5:14 AM

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when you find them are they just meandering around? or are you digging them up ? I want to try and get some and I know where some colonies are but I"ve never seen any queens.



#147 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 13 2019 - 6:31 AM

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Did you mean, last night as in the 12th, and not the 13th?

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). 


#148 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 22 2019 - 1:42 AM

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Update 7-22-2019

The last two queens I found both ended up dying of parasitic fly larvae. That explains why they were still running around this late in the year.


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#149 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 4 2019 - 12:29 PM

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when you find them are they just meandering around? or are you digging them up ? I want to try and get some and I know where some colonies are but I"ve never seen any queens.

 

They usually land on the ground around my black light.



#150 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 4 2019 - 12:32 PM

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Update 8-4-2019

I went a little too long between feedings with these, so one of them is not doing well at all--most of the workers died. The other two I moved into starter formicariums. Of those two, one is doing okay, but a lot of the workers have died. The last is doing really well, with lots of workers.



#151 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 24 2019 - 3:20 AM

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Update 8-24-2019

Well, I just found two more of these again in Trabuco Canyon a couple days ago. Now it's very late in the season for these to fly, but both of them removed their wings and laid eggs, so it looks like they are probably fertile. There has been no real changes to the other colonies.



#152 Offline Mermecophilia - Posted February 25 2021 - 5:16 PM

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what do you feed you liometopum. O



#153 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 25 2021 - 5:34 PM

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Update 2-25-2021

These all died about a year ago.



#154 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 25 2021 - 5:35 PM

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what do you feed you liometopum. O

 

Sugary liquids and protein.



#155 Offline Mermecophilia - Posted February 25 2021 - 7:03 PM

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they seem to like honey and various insects but i can't seem to find enough do they take meat well



#156 Offline Zeiss - Posted February 25 2021 - 7:11 PM

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they seem to like honey and various insects but i can't seem to find enough do they take meat well

Just buy some feeder insects from a pet store.  Give them sugar water (1 part sugar to 3 parts water) instead of honey.  Honey isn't a great idea since the ants can get stuck in it more easily.



#157 Offline Mermecophilia - Posted February 25 2021 - 7:53 PM

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thanks



#158 Offline antsriondel - Posted July 2 2023 - 5:34 PM

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Drew, will you ever revive this journal?



#159 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 3 2023 - 12:10 AM

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Maybe, if i ever find any of these queens again.



#160 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted December 28 2023 - 1:10 PM

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I’ve found a queen that was more than likely liometopum (dk which exact species) but I could not catch her since I didn’t have anything big enough to catch her with.





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