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Kit´s Pogonomyrmex Seedionists (2/22)

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#1 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted August 19 2020 - 10:13 AM

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Monday, This queen I bought from Tar Heel ants, great queens definitely will buy again. But back to the journal this queen came with six workers which is great, a batch of eggs and two larvae this was Monday the first day.
Tuesday, this queen now has a heating mat for her in their mini hearth and 1 worker actively foraging every day. Now we have a bigger batch of eggs and 3 larvae.
Wednesday, the queen is doing great! She has a small batch of eggs and still three larvae. I also saw a larvae eating a seed. As of today when I fed all my colony some chicken and honey I fed the Pogonomyrmex chicken and honey and lemme tell you they really like honey, three workers came out to have some that’s half the colony size! The pictures of her and the workers are just after they moved into the mini hearth Monday. Attached File  610B7E5D-28D3-417C-AE3D-400C54060119.jpeg   167.57KB   4 downloadsAttached File  802D898C-0EDB-4B1D-AAE0-97F3836CD47F.jpeg   169.04KB   5 downloadsAttached File  DDEDB25B-FEE3-4218-9A09-C2B5586D9AF4.jpeg   708.45KB   4 downloadsAttached File  2D88D509-6E07-4546-80AC-90A1C9E835DB.jpeg   210.99KB   2 downloadsAttached File  C1D16C58-80F3-4226-935B-A6D2A7FB70D1.jpeg   199.61KB   2 downloads


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#2 Offline AntsDakota - Posted August 19 2020 - 1:56 PM

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How many workers did you buy?


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#3 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted August 19 2020 - 5:17 PM

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I bought her with none but during shipping she got 6.
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#4 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted August 22 2020 - 10:30 AM

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As of today the queen is in her mini hearth and the workers are constantly in the outworld, they have put a bunch of sand all over the glass. If anyone knows the trick that tar heel ants used to clean their glass please tell me. Also more eggs I feel these are really gonna explode soon.

#5 Offline Spazmops - Posted August 22 2020 - 10:56 AM

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The easiest way is to shake the hearth or rinse it beforehand to get the loose sand out, I’m having the exact same problem with the exact same species. What I’m going to try is to take the glass from an unoccupied minihearth, swap them, clean the glass, and swap them again.


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2 Formica fusca group- 1 with brood, 1 with 3 nanitics

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1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

1 Pogonomyrmex occidentalis- 4 workers, a decent amount of brood

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

1 Lasius sp.- 2 workers, Brood

 


#6 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted August 22 2020 - 11:38 AM

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If you chill them you could take it off and clean it. It might be better to put the mini hearth in a container so that the ants aren’t loose in your home if they get out.

#7 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted August 22 2020 - 2:30 PM

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Yes that would be good but actually there is this way that pogonomyrmex occidentalis ant keeping and THA uses without even taking the glass off because those two people are about the best of the best Pogonomyrmex keepers around.

#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted August 22 2020 - 3:02 PM

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I put tin foil over the glass on my THA set ups for the comfort of all my ants. If they are dark, they don’t stick sand anywhere.

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#9 Offline AntsDakota - Posted August 22 2020 - 3:28 PM

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I make paper coverings that fit well on the formicariums. I can't have tinfoil, as my cats would eat it.  %) But otherwise I think it's the better idea.


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#10 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted August 28 2020 - 6:10 AM

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Today is a great day! As of checking them today I found a big pile of eggs maybe around 8-10 and 3 larvae plus 2 pupae I think one pupae is hardening now or that was just a larvae newly fed in the way. I’ll post pictures later but so far they are doing great. I’m starting to change their diet slowly and I have notice they have started eating the flax seeds. Soon I’ll go to a place and get some seeds like chia and the Pogonomyrmex should explode!
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#11 Offline Antkid12 - Posted August 28 2020 - 8:13 AM

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Cool.


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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#12 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted September 9 2020 - 9:01 AM

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As this season comes to an end this will probably be my last update or topic on this website, my Pogonomyrmex queen is doing great she has about 9 workers plus around 10 larvae 4 pupae and around 20 eggs I fed them a isopod and three termite soldiers yesterday which are now gonna completely, but I got to see the larvae in a circle I fed them another isopod today and they have just brought it in the nest the next update if I do make one will be on how many workers they have. New pictures added up top.

#13 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 9 2020 - 9:21 AM

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Cool! Can't wait to hear more!


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#14 Offline Spazmops - Posted September 9 2020 - 1:52 PM

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I wish I’d caught my queen earlier, she only has 1 pupae and it’s snowing outside. I’m glad to hear yours is doing well though!


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#15 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted September 9 2020 - 3:07 PM

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could be worse mine has 1 larva.


X1  Aphaenogaster .cf fulva Manica invidia queen with brood!

X1 Crematogaster species 1 worker

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Carnivorous plants:

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X1 pitcher plant

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.


#16 Offline KitsAntVa - Posted September 10 2020 - 7:51 AM

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Well next year just add a heating pad you should have at least 30-40 by the end of the year then if not more.

#17 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted September 10 2020 - 7:57 AM

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wait make that 0


X1  Aphaenogaster .cf fulva Manica invidia queen with brood!

X1 Crematogaster species 1 worker

Ant Plants: Hydnophytum Puffii

Carnivorous plants:

X1 Venus fly trap

X1 pitcher plant

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.


#18 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 10 2020 - 2:59 PM

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Oh no! That doesn't sound good. Maybe the queen had bad genetics?


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#19 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted September 10 2020 - 5:16 PM

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she had around 6 but is now down to around 7 eggs


X1  Aphaenogaster .cf fulva Manica invidia queen with brood!

X1 Crematogaster species 1 worker

Ant Plants: Hydnophytum Puffii

Carnivorous plants:

X1 Venus fly trap

X1 pitcher plant

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.


#20 Offline DDD101DDD - Posted September 11 2020 - 4:08 AM

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she had around 6 but is now down to around 7 eggs

Maybe you keep looking at her too much. Pogonomyrmex are very easily stressed.


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