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#141 Offline Subverted - Posted June 20 2016 - 6:14 PM

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In case you didn't know, invasive species are bad.

 

 

Collected around 20 Pogonomyrmex californicus queens so far this year which should be plenty to get a couple more nice colonies out of.


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#142 Offline Tpro4 - Posted June 21 2016 - 6:26 AM

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wait, do you go queen hunting with Drew?
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#143 Offline Subverted - Posted June 21 2016 - 10:54 AM

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Sometimes - last time was when I grabbed that Camponotus queen a couple weeks back


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#144 Offline Subverted - Posted June 23 2016 - 5:02 PM

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Forgot to post up this new Pogonomyrmex video:

 


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#145 Offline Subverted - Posted June 24 2016 - 3:09 PM

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This Crematogaster I caught about a year ago seems like it finally will have a worker again. Twice It has gotten a nanitic and then murdered everything:

 

 

Temnothorax with a HUGE egg:

 

 

 

My Pheidole will have some workers any day now!

 


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#146 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 24 2016 - 4:46 PM

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I wonder if you'll have better luck than I have had with that P. vistana.



#147 Offline Air - Posted July 18 2016 - 10:46 AM

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How is your Pseudomyrmex apache queen?



#148 Offline Subverted - Posted July 18 2016 - 11:11 AM

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I never had a queen. It was just a satellite colony or fragment.


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#149 Offline Air - Posted July 18 2016 - 2:58 PM

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Umm, what's this?

 

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#150 Offline Subverted - Posted July 18 2016 - 10:32 PM

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Oh LOL forgot about her. She never laid any eggs. I had a colony fragment for a few months and she only lasted a number of days.


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#151 Offline Air - Posted July 19 2016 - 10:25 AM

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Aww. that's a bummer! Hope you find another one soon. :)



#152 Offline Subverted - Posted April 29 2017 - 1:06 AM

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Late night photos are always a little crooked - at least that's what I'm telling myself tonight. Don't judge me...hey...I said don't! %)

 

These Pogonomyrmex californicus have really made a horrible mess of their setup. I think I will have to move them into a new one soon because this is getting a little bit too ugly and hard to clean.

 

 


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#153 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted April 30 2017 - 10:45 AM

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Updates on other ants?



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#154 Offline Subverted - Posted April 30 2017 - 11:17 AM

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All my other ants, aside from a single M. yuma queen and her 2 workers, were killed on the same day by an invasion of argentine ants.

I came home after hiking to find 1/2" wide trails of those little jerks streaming from each of my ant colonies and thought they had even carried off the queen of that Pogonomyrmex californicus colony in the most recent update. Took about a month before I finally saw her running around in there again afterwards.

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#155 Offline Antony - Posted April 30 2017 - 11:29 AM

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Wow that's a bummer. But I kind of would like that to happen to me someday though and see how my ants defend themselves.

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#156 Offline T.C. - Posted April 30 2017 - 11:45 AM

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Wow that's a bummer. But I kind of would like that to happen to me someday though and see how my ants defend themselves.


Argentine ants invade by the thousands. They are highly invasive. Your colonies wouldn't be able to defend themselves.
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#157 Offline Subverted - Posted April 30 2017 - 12:08 PM

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The only reason my Pogonomyrmex californicus colony survived was because they had dirt and started back filling their nest as the argentines invaded.

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#158 Offline klawfran3 - Posted April 30 2017 - 1:55 PM

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The only reason my Pogonomyrmex californicus colony survived was because they had dirt and started back filling their nest as the argentines invaded.

I'm glad they survived, but I'm sorry for your loss. If your ants are on a shelving unit I heard putting the feet of it in little dishes of oil will prevent argentines from getting to your colonies. How many colonies do you estimate you lost? quite the tragedy subvurted :(


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#159 Offline Subverted - Posted April 30 2017 - 2:12 PM

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I'm glad they survived, but I'm sorry for your loss. If your ants are on a shelving unit I heard putting the feet of it in little dishes of oil will prevent argentines from getting to your colonies. How many colonies do you estimate you lost? quite the tragedy subvurted :(


It was about a dozen Myrmecocystus colonies with 20-50 workers and 2 Liometopum occidentale free range colonies with about 200 workers each that lived on opposite sides of my desk. The argentine ants started with the free range colonies and then climbed across a power cord that had bridged the gap to the metal shelves where the rest of the colonies were. I had the legs covered in fluon but wasnt being very careful about cords or anything like that then.

Eventually I guess I will have to set up a more "secure" place to keep my ants but with just the two colonies its not a priority.

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#160 Offline LC3 - Posted April 30 2017 - 5:46 PM

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Drew take notes, time to start manufacturing those cabinets. Especially with the recent influx of members and increasingly turbulent ecosystem as the Argentines pull off more Zerg rushes to attain global domination. 


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