These girls are doing great so far. I have just woke them up from hibernation to start preparing for the termite wars and collecting seeds. Later I will post a topic on these explaining the differences between feeding these just seeds and feeding them straight protein, in which the difference is huge.
Casualties so far: 4 as of now.
Total colony size: 30-25 as of now.
She should start laying eggs soon and I plan on updating this frequently to keep you guys entertained throughout hibernation, as I do check on these everyday. You guys might find this quite frustrating but these are my favorite most fun ants to keep right now out of all of mine.
The battle begins,
During hibernation I gave these a little bit of a wake up call, I put the heating lamp in their small outworld so it replicated their environment. Quickly they woke up and started foraging, but the unexpected was waiting for them there. Termites about five soldiers and 20 workers, quickly the Pogonomyrmex ran back into their den alerting all of the colony of the intruders. If there's one thing these girls love more than hunting its killing termites ( I mean this). I have no footage of their war but I can tell you it was sorta boring... But one important event was when a termite soldier had been bitten on the mandibles by a Pogonomyrmex and then the Pogonomyrmex was bitten so it was kinda a bite for bite thing, as the Pogonomyrmex was in the jaws of the soldier another sister came to her rescue and bite the termite on the neck fitting its mandibles all the way around it. And so ended the war between the Pogonomyrmex and the termites.
Don't judge my ways of entertaining the Pogonomyrmex and reducing their numbers slightly.
The new nest,
They have taken on their new nest quite well, Its a fortress from my very expensive order from THA a while back, and they like it a lot but sadly they don't collect the dandelion seeds anymore like they used to so when i watch pogonomyrmex occidentalis ant keeping it feels nostalgic even though its been around 6 months. Not much explaining to this topic so ill just say that they collected a ton of chia seeds and stacked them on the water tower and on heat. I love this design on my fortress but also sadly the have already stuck sand to the glass, hopefully I can get some pics for you guys.
I want you guys to pick a new name for this journal and a actual name for this queen! Leave the comments below and ill see which ones I like!
Edited by KitsAntVa, January 19 2021 - 8:04 AM.