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Adak's 'Solenopsis molesta Mayhem' Updated 8/8/20

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#1 Offline AntsDakota - Posted August 8 2020 - 9:54 AM

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Introduction

   

 

      Hello all, welcome to my first journal which has no roots or affiliations with my main journal, which will feature my Solenopsis molesta colony, who's presence has not been official announced by me to this forum, until now. 

 

 

 

Update #0001

 

Saturday, August 8th, 2020

 

 

     So a few weeks ago, Ants_Dakota and I were anting in a local park. We were flipping over rocks (to almost no avail, as they were by a stream and therefore were piled on top of each other and had no soil beneath them), when we came across a few rocks which actually did have soil underneath them, and therefore housed several colonies. Among them were Lasius americanus, Formica fusca group sp., Myrmica sp., and of course a colony of Solenopsis molesta. We attempted to excavate the Formica colony, however we couldn't find their main nest, just a nest entrance which ran into some ground which would make digging near impossible. So we were left with a mature Solenopsis molesta colony (whose nests are shallow), with thousands of workers (probably 10s of thousands). We only scratched the surface of their nest, and managed to get 3 fat queens, and over 1,000 workers, and several hundred brood. However, this was, as I mentioned, only a fraction of the colony. They likely had many more queens hidden down deeper, and tens of thousands of workers. Anyways, I took that fragment of a colony, and moved them into a test tube. Queens immediately began to produce, and their brood pile grew exponentially over the next couple weeks. They do eat a lot, typical of Solenopsis, and have been growing at a nice fast but steady pace. As of now they have literal mountains of brood in their nest, which probably numbers in the hundreds. 

 

Here's the colony when they first moved into the test tube, and one of the queens. You can also see they have some alate brood as well.

 

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Edited by AntsDakota, August 8 2020 - 9:54 AM.

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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


#2 Offline Antkid12 - Posted August 8 2020 - 10:03 AM

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Nice, I have 2 queens who have small larvae now!


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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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#3 Offline AntsDakota - Posted August 8 2020 - 11:17 AM

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Also, Drew, could you move this to 'Ant Keeping Journals'? I accidentally put it in 'Off-Topic Journals'.  :whistle:


"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


#4 Offline kld653 - Posted August 27 2020 - 4:54 PM

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I find seeds mold quickly so I try not to use them, just a fyi

 

I caught 11 s. molesta queens and they all have workers now, hoping to sell them on the AC gan



#5 Offline TechAnt - Posted August 31 2020 - 10:26 AM

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Update?


My Ants:
(x1) Campontous semitstaceus ~20 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Camponotus vicinus ~10 workers, 1 Queen (all black variety)
(x1) Tetramorium immigrans ~100 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Myrmercocystus mexicanus -1 Queen
(x2) Mymercocystus mimcus -1 Queen
(x1) Mymercocystus testaceus ~45 workers, 1 Queen





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