This is a colony I was not ever expecting to make a journal on, but they've totally blown my mind. Normally this genus gets tossed to the side without a second thought, and I nearly did the same. I caught this queen on September 1st, the same night where I caught my Neivamyrmex colony, and later that morning a huge Acromyrmex versicolor flight. You can see how it'd be easy to forget about a Dorymyrmex queen, so much so that the first picture I have of her is from October 29th, weeks after she got her first workers.
A few weeks later I moved them to an old Mini Hearth, as it was getting difficult to feed them in the test tube. They looked decent, but this Mini Hearth is my oldest THA formicarium, so it's not the most pristine ever.
Upon returning from Illinois I saw the Dorymyrmex were still thriving, so I elected to move them to a brand new Mini Hearth XL, as of January 6th. You can see the colony was doing well, but had a lot of growing room.
Well, as of today, the colony has totally exploded in numbers, which has been extremely surprising for such a short time. It really only took a bit of love and care and they've been absolutely thriving.
You can see here they have a ton of eggs, and another large pile of freshly-hatched larvae. I'm so excited to see this colony continue to grow, as I don't think I've ever seen a large captive Dorymyrmex colony before. I really just want to prove that this genus is not as bad as their reputation suggests, and with a bit of love they have the potential to be a ton of fun.
Edited by CheetoLord02, April 8 2021 - 11:13 AM.