I apologise for the fairly long hiatus, but things are not swimming so smoothly, and they still aren't. However, it has gotten a little better, and so, i've decided to start a new journal! I hope you enjoy
Pheidole sp (Big-headed ants) 6mm, 1Q, 200-300W
Odontoponera cf denticulata - 13mm, 1Q 1W
Crematogaster sp - 5mm, 1Q 4W, 1Q 7W
Pseudoneoponera rufipes - 18mm, 1Q
Buniapone amblyops - 10mm 1Q
Cf. Ectomomyrmex sp - 4mm 1Q
Cerapachys sulcinodis (Army ants) 9mm, 2Q, 20W Tetramorium parvispinum - 3mm, 1Q 40W Carebara cf. melasolena (Asian army ants) 17mm (Queen), 3mm (worker), 1Q 200W Ectomomyrmex astutus - 15mm, 1Q 4w Strumigenys sp (minature trap jaw ants) 1-2mm, 1Q 5W Odontomachus monticola (trap jaw ant) 15mm, 1Q 5W Meranoplus bicolor (Shield ants) 10mm (Queen), 4mm (worker), 1Q 180W Gnamptogenys bicolor - 5mm, 10W Ectomomyrmex sp - 7mm, 1Q 30W Dilobocondyla fouqueti - 12mm, 1Q 6W Camponotus nicobarensis (common carpenter ant) 15mm, 1Q, 1Q, 1Q Cerapachys sulcinodis (Army ants) 9mm, 1Q, 20-30W Cataulacus sp (Asian turtle ants) 6mm, 1Q, 5w Camponotus cf. pseudoirritans 14mm, 1Q Crematogaster sp 10mm, 1Q
Strumigenys sp - 2mm
Small round contained with soil
1 Queen, 5 workers
This is still a fairly young colony, and they were caught on the 25th of January. The current population is about 8 workers, and a single queen.
They were captured with no brood, so I would say they are doing quite well after a month.
Carebara melasolena - 20mm
Test tube with soil
1 Queen, 40 workers
This was founded from a single queen last year, not much progress up until now (spring time, I guess), but under the correct light, the queen is a very nice maroon red. This species is smaller than both C.diversa and C.affinis, so I do not know its ID.
Meranoplus bioclor - 10mm
Bamboo style plaster nest
1 Queen, 180 workers
I've had this colony for over a year and a half now, and they reached maturity last year, with alates appearing at regular intervals. population is currently at about 200 workers, with a single, egg-laying queen. Right now, they have a decent amount of healthy larvae, though there was a sudden die-off in workers.
A princess coming out the door
Odontomachus monticola - 15mm
Container with some soil
1 Queen, 15 workers
Very pretty, largish trapjaw ant. 1 queen, 20 workers, with a large ball of eggs. So far, this is the most success i've had with any odontomachus species. Their current setup is quite shabby and bad for photos, so that will have to change soon.
Gnamptogenys bicolor - 5mm
Minature custom plaster nest
This colony is also approx 2 months old. This colony actually does not have a queen, and is surviving off a gamergate. Fairly active species, and the larvae are quite elongated, with fuzzy hairs all over.
Ectomomyrmex sp - 7mm
Minature plaster nest with soil
1 Queen, 30 workers
A 1 queen, 30 worker colony of smallish, armoured ants. A charming little species that really, really hated me taking photos of them. I thought they had no brood, but I noticed a single, spiky larvae during the photoshoot.
A cesspit of angry ants
Edited by Leo, October 13 2021 - 3:33 AM.