Update #22- Desert Species
Species featured on journal:
Pogonomymex occidentalis (75 workers)
This colony continues to grow at a rapid pace in their formicarium. They don't need hibernation, so they will be growing all winter, along with the pots and maybe the pheidole species. They have worked up an appetite for dried insects, beyond the usual dandelion seeds and fish flakes.
Pheidole species (25 workers)
This is a desert dwelling species with large colonies. The first major pupae are visible, so expect some nice majors by next update. This colony is housed in a custom personal formicarium, see my formicarium thread for images.
I've got a couple small colonies in custom micro dirt boxes. I'm not taking any pictures until more workers arrive, but the coloration of this species is pretty nice.
I've had 2 colonies for a while, but I thought I'd finally start an entry for them. For now they will be on this main journal, but they may deserve their own thread as the colonies grow. One colony is housed in a THA mini hearth, the other in a custom dual view formicarium. Both are doing well, but the mini hearth makes it difficult to get a good angle when taking pictures, so the colony in the custom formicarium will be featured in the images. Both colonies have around 25-35 workers and some repletes.