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Adak's 'Pogonomyrmex's Progress' Updated 12/19/20: I'm Back

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#41 Offline Spazmops - Posted October 24 2020 - 10:40 AM

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From my experience founding these, if a queen has laid eggs she'll lay more again. I've also noticed while founding some queens lay a ton of eggs and then eat some and then lay some more and eat some of those, even with access to normal food. 


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Ants I have:

1 Formica fusca group- 0 workers

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 


#42 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted October 24 2020 - 10:45 AM

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I have about 100 or so eggs and I know my Pogonomyrmex will not eat them unless in the fridge for a day or 2.
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#43 Offline Spazmops - Posted October 24 2020 - 10:54 AM

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I have about 100 or so eggs and I know my Pogonomyrmex will not eat them unless in the fridge for a day or 2.

Once I got workers that stopped, it was only during founding. I think the queen realized she couldn't feed all of those eggs.


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Ants I have:

1 Formica fusca group- 0 workers

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 


#44 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 24 2020 - 11:11 AM

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Mine are warm, hydrated, dark, and have over ten types of seeds plus mealworm to choose from. The rest is in God's hands.


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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#45 Offline AntsDakota - Posted October 24 2020 - 11:16 AM

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Yeah, I'll have to update this when I have some time in a few hours. Good luck with all your colonies, by the way.


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"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#46 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted October 24 2020 - 11:17 AM

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Antdrew I have hope for your colony and I believe that they will get to a big colony.
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#47 Offline Spazmops - Posted October 24 2020 - 11:19 AM

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Mine are warm, hydrated, dark, and have over ten types of seeds plus mealworm to choose from. The rest is in God's hands.

if you don't get more eggs by the time a worker dies I'll refund you, but I bet she'll get laying once she's settled in. It sounds like you're doing everything right.


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Ants I have:

1 Formica fusca group- 0 workers

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 


#48 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 24 2020 - 12:11 PM

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Nah, man. It’s all good. Her success is on me now.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#49 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted November 4 2020 - 6:04 AM

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Update now?


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#50 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted November 4 2020 - 9:10 AM

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i can tell you they are doing really well. they also have a new habitat. not much more than that.


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#51 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted November 4 2020 - 10:19 AM

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that's good. Also REEEeeeeEeEEeeEEee


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#52 Offline AntsDakota - Posted December 19 2020 - 7:42 AM

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Update #0005

 

 

Saturday, December 19th, 2020

 

 

     Hello, all. It's been a long time, but Adak is back. Anyways, this colony has done alright over the past two months, resting at around 150-200 workers. I also decided to move them back into their Palladium, as the Station was getting messy, and the ants just seemed to like the Palladium better anyways. I also had some issues with sand getting caught in between the glass and the nest, and creating gaps for ants to stream out onto my table (in the Station, of course). But I was able to control those incidents, a couple months ago. But more recently they have experienced a slight drought, as their water tower ran out. By the time I filled it up some of their brood had died, along with a few workers (but only a few, and by a few I mean less than 5). But now I suspect that they may be slowing down for the winter, as the queen has stopped laying, and the ants aren't foraging as much. When I try to feed them mealworms they ignore them. So I may take them off heat for a month or two... we'll see.

 

Anyways, here's a video of the colony as of today: https://imgur.com/HgxSHZj

 

 

 

 

 

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#53 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 19 2020 - 8:43 AM

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My first attempt at Pogonomyrmex failed. I euthanized the queen last weekend.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#54 Offline Spazmops - Posted December 19 2020 - 9:07 AM

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My first attempt at Pogonomyrmex failed. I euthanized the queen last weekend.

If I get any more this coming year I'll ship you a colony for free.


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Ants I have:

1 Formica fusca group- 0 workers

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 


#55 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 19 2020 - 9:27 AM

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Thanks, brother.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#56 Offline AntsDakota - Posted December 19 2020 - 9:40 AM

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My first attempt at Pogonomyrmex failed. I euthanized the queen last weekend.

Dang. Small Pogonomyrmex colonies seem to be touchy. 


"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#57 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted December 19 2020 - 10:12 AM

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My first attempt at Pogonomyrmex failed. I euthanized the queen last weekend.

Dang. Small Pogonomyrmex colonies seem to be touchy.
Mine died one by one with strange spasms and such.





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