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Ponerine's springtails


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#21 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 15 2020 - 7:03 PM

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I keep wanting to find new Isotomidae to renew my culture, but I haven’t had any luck yet. All my other springtails are doing great though.

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#22 Online M_Ants - Posted November 15 2020 - 7:09 PM

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I can't find any springtails in my yard. I really don't want to buy them though. You seem to find new springtails every week. 


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Crematogaster sp. 

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#23 Offline StrickyAnts - Posted November 16 2020 - 9:12 AM

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I looks around streams and lift mud and I see millions of springtails. So look around body of water and just look for them, Mants.



#24 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 16 2020 - 9:51 AM

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I can't find any springtails in my yard. I really don't want to buy them though. You seem to find new springtails every week.

Yeah, they’re basically everywhere. A great place to look would be in a compost pile if you know anyone who has one.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25   I <3 tiny ants


#25 Online Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 16 2020 - 10:15 AM

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I can't find any springtails in my yard. I really don't want to buy them though. You seem to find new springtails every week.

Yeah, they’re basically everywhere. A great place to look would be in a compost pile if you know anyone who has one.

 

yesterday i went to a place where the soil was super damp, covered with leaf litter and very well rotted wood, with some lush green plants.

i found literally nothing except boring a. vulgare or something

not a single springtail :(


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#26 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 16 2020 - 5:13 PM

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Entomobrya unostrigata eggs.

 

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Dicyrtominae juveniles are growing up; either that or they reproduced, but I'm staying cautious for now.

 

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#27 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 26 2020 - 12:14 PM

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Dude, I’m finding the coolest springtails in my parents’ backyard. I’ll start up some new cultures with them, and hopefully you can help me ID them.
Are globulars easy to culture?

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#28 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 26 2020 - 9:25 PM

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Dude, I’m finding the coolest springtails in my parents’ backyard. I’ll start up some new cultures with them, and hopefully you can help me ID them.
Are globulars easy to culture?

I originally thought they were the hardest thing ever, but a bit of experimentation with plaster cultures are showing promising results. I'm still new to this as well, but from my minimal experience they seem to be hard to get going but relatively hardy in a stable environment.


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#29 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 26 2020 - 9:29 PM

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Collected some Tomocerus, which surprisingly the only springtail I could find at this particular spot. I'll have to go back there later to pick up some more.

 

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#30 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 27 2020 - 4:23 AM

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So you mean like plaster in a petri dish that you keep moist?
I picked up my aspirator yesterday, so I’ll be able to collect a lot more today, hopefully.

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#31 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 27 2020 - 4:02 PM

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So you mean like plaster in a petri dish that you keep moist?
I picked up my aspirator yesterday, so I’ll be able to collect a lot more today, hopefully.

That would work fine for small cultures, but I usually use tupperware from the dollar store so larger cultures can be maintained, and the taller rims keep the springtails from jumping out.



#32 Online M_Ants - Posted November 27 2020 - 8:38 PM

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What do you feed them?


Veromessor pergandei- 3 queens 50ish workers and brood

Veromessor andrei

Myrmecocystus testaceus

Crematogaster sp. 

C. baldies a.k.a bald fraggles a.k.a C. absquatulator

Hypoponera opaciceps

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

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#33 Offline FSTP - Posted November 28 2020 - 3:09 AM

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OMG those Dicyrtominae are the cutest little things ever. 



#34 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 28 2020 - 4:45 AM

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What do you feed them?

I feed mine nutritional yeast flakes and uncooked rice grains.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25   I <3 tiny ants


#35 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 29 2020 - 3:39 PM

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What do you feed them?

I feed mine nutritional yeast flakes and uncooked rice grains.

 

I do nutritional yeast and a mix of crushed fish foods.



#36 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 29 2020 - 3:42 PM

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I can't find any springtails in my yard. I really don't want to buy them though. You seem to find new springtails every week.

Yeah, they’re basically everywhere. A great place to look would be in a compost pile if you know anyone who has one.

 

yesterday i went to a place where the soil was super damp, covered with leaf litter and very well rotted wood, with some lush green plants.

i found literally nothing except boring a. vulgare or something

not a single springtail :(

 

I seem to have some oddly good eyesight, chances are you just don't see them  ;)  But seriously, if you have trouble finding them take a magnifying glass with you and scan some rotting, moist wood. It's nigh impossible not to find a springtail that way.


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#37 Offline ponerinecat - Posted November 29 2020 - 3:46 PM

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The Entomobrya unostrigata eggs are hatching, the ones with visible eyes and body shapes are about to hatch.

 

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Newborns.

 

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Dicyrtominae newborns, I have successfully bred them in captivity!

 

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Some odd looking globs, might be a different genus from the one I have as they have shorter antennae, larger eyes, and a "Y" pattern not present on the dicyrtominae.

 

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#38 Online Swirlysnowflake - Posted November 29 2020 - 4:05 PM

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The Entomobrya unostrigata eggs are hatching, the ones with visible eyes and body shapes are about to hatch.

 

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Newborns.

 

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Dicyrtominae newborns, I have successfully bred them in captivity!

 

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Some odd looking globs, might be a different genus from the one I have as they have shorter antennae, larger eyes, and a "Y" pattern not present on the dicyrtominae.

 

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strangely adorable :)


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#39 Online Devi - Posted November 29 2020 - 4:37 PM

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Awesome!  I love springtails.  ANTdrew sent me some, and while I didn't see many at first, I have kept them warm, moist, and with lots of food, and they have already reproduced.  I agree Ponerine, I have really good vision and that really helps.  I could see where you could easily accidentally miss them.  Lol


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