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#21 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted April 9 2021 - 5:31 PM

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Thanks!!


Ants epic :D
YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ

My current ants: Nylanderia cf. kraepelini, Pheidole parva, Odontomachus simillimus, Tetramorium sp., Tapinoma melanocephalum, Oecophylla smaragdina, Dinomyrmex gigas, Pseudolasius streesemani, Camponotus parius, Iridomyrmex anceps, Solenopsis geminata, Pheidole cf. comata

 

Death count: idk there's too many that I've lost :(


#22 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted April 9 2021 - 5:35 PM

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Btw Cataulacus are a mostly arboreal sp of ant and therefore really like honey and sugerwater, they might take dead crickets or mosquitos but i aint sure. the tips above mainly apply to arboreal ants from southeast asia like Oecophylla or Tetraponera, so I assume Cataulacus is the same. Hope ur successful!!


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Ants epic :D
YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ

My current ants: Nylanderia cf. kraepelini, Pheidole parva, Odontomachus simillimus, Tetramorium sp., Tapinoma melanocephalum, Oecophylla smaragdina, Dinomyrmex gigas, Pseudolasius streesemani, Camponotus parius, Iridomyrmex anceps, Solenopsis geminata, Pheidole cf. comata

 

Death count: idk there's too many that I've lost :(


#23 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted April 10 2021 - 11:25 AM

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Btw Cataulacus are a mostly arboreal sp of ant and therefore really like honey and sugerwater, they might take dead crickets or mosquitos but i aint sure. the tips above mainly apply to arboreal ants from southeast asia like Oecophylla or Tetraponera, so I assume Cataulacus is the same. Hope ur successful!!

Many ants like honey and sugar water, not just arboreal ants.

Edited by Kaelwizard, April 10 2021 - 11:26 AM.


#24 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted April 10 2021 - 3:49 PM

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Btw Cataulacus are a mostly arboreal sp of ant and therefore really like honey and sugerwater, they might take dead crickets or mosquitos but i aint sure. the tips above mainly apply to arboreal ants from southeast asia like Oecophylla or Tetraponera, so I assume Cataulacus is the same. Hope ur successful!!

Many ants like honey and sugar water, not just arboreal ants.

 

Yes but arboreal ants tend to like sweets more than most ants. In Malaysia where I'm from, arboreal ants like Oecophylla, Polyrachis and Tetraponera like sweets more than other ants. I think this is only for southeast asian ants but Cataulacus happens to be one of the few genera that act like this.


Ants epic :D
YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ

My current ants: Nylanderia cf. kraepelini, Pheidole parva, Odontomachus simillimus, Tetramorium sp., Tapinoma melanocephalum, Oecophylla smaragdina, Dinomyrmex gigas, Pseudolasius streesemani, Camponotus parius, Iridomyrmex anceps, Solenopsis geminata, Pheidole cf. comata

 

Death count: idk there's too many that I've lost :(


#25 Offline Leo - Posted June 6 2021 - 4:04 PM

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Odontomachus monticola - 14mm

Plaster nest

1 Queen, 5 workers

 

This colony was doing fairly well until about a month ago, when they were infected with a crazy amount of mites. There were mites covering every single ant, and the brood was dying fairly fast. After a month or so of quarantine and treatment, the colony is still alive, but only with 5 workers left and no brood. I have yet to see the queen lay eggs again, but I can still hope. 

 

one of the few surviving workers

 

 

Camponotus pseudoirritans - 14mm

Test tube

1 Queen

 

Newly caught alate. Five bucks says she isn't fertile, but a stunning queen nonetheless.

 

 

 

Odontoponera cf. denticulata - 13mm

Plastic box

1 Queen

 

This queen was caught about a week ago, and although she has been in a temporary container this whole time, she has already laid ~12 eggs. At this point, I may as well see how far I can get with her only in that container. This species usually preys on termites, but in captivity they are not very picky with what they eat.

 

 

 

Crematogaster sp - 10mm

Test tube

1 Queen

 

A rather common species during this time of year. This queen has already laid a small clutch of eggs, and is now sitting in my closet until she gets her workers.

 


Edited by Leo, June 6 2021 - 4:10 PM.

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#26 Offline Leo - Posted October 13 2021 - 3:50 AM

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Well, looks like i'm pretty good at not having my ants do well, hahaha. Or maybe i'm just unlucky, who knows. Picked up a few more ants, no longer actively anting, but I do appreciate stumbling across alates randomly.

 

Odontoponera cf. denticulata - 13mm

Plastic box

1 Queen 1 worker

 

Doing fairly well, her first worker enclosed about two weeks ago, and is helping the queen out with things. Second batch of workers are already on their way.

 

Spiky larvae

 

 

 

Pseudoneoponera rufipes - 20mm

test tube with outworld

1 Queen

 

This is a new queen, actually, the old queen passed a while ago. I traded a few Buniapone queens for her from a friend of mine. Lets hope this beauty does better than the last attempt  :D 

 

 

I also managed a photo of this larvae hatching from an egg, pretty cool if i do say so myself.

 

 

 

Buniapone ambylops - 10mm

small soil container

1 Queen

 

One of the prettier and harder-to-keep species i have found over the years. Cherry tomato red gaster and a slight golden sheen on the carapace, what's not to love? This queen has about a dozen eggs, but not much more than that.

 


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#27 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted October 13 2021 - 6:39 AM

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Those pictures are just amazing. What kind of lens are you using? 


Ants are Pets, not Pests. 

 

-Camponotus sansabeanus

-Camponotus US-CA02

-Camponotus vicinus

-Formica podzolica

-Monomorium spp.

-Pogonomyrmex californicus

-Solenopsis spp. 

 


#28 Offline Leo - Posted October 13 2021 - 4:49 PM

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Those pictures are just amazing. What kind of lens are you using? 

canon 100mm macro lens


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#29 Offline Leo - Posted October 22 2021 - 5:29 PM

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bunch of short updates!

 

Buniapone ambylops - 10mm

small soil container

1 Queen

 
Queen may have larvae already. This species grows really slowly, as the smaller ponerine i caught at the same time as her already has very large larvae.
Not sure though, the plastic in her enclosure is extremely dirty.
 
 

Pseudoneoponera rufipes - 20mm

test tube with outworld

1 Queen

 

The larvae in the picture actually died, but a new larvae has appeared, so i hope it grows this time.

 

 

Camponotus lianghuang - 11mm

Test tube

1 Queen

 

The newest species in my collection! Unfortunately, she hasn't done much of anything, other than sit in her tube. I really hope she is fertile, since i've been wanting this species for a while now...



#30 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted October 24 2021 - 1:52 AM

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bunch of short updates!

 

Buniapone ambylops - 10mm

small soil container

1 Queen

 
Queen may have larvae already. This species grows really slowly, as the smaller ponerine i caught at the same time as her already has very large larvae.
Not sure though, the plastic in her enclosure is extremely dirty.
 
 

Pseudoneoponera rufipes - 20mm

test tube with outworld

1 Queen

 

The larvae in the picture actually died, but a new larvae has appeared, so i hope it grows this time.

 

 

Camponotus lianghuang - 11mm

Test tube

1 Queen

 

The newest species in my collection! Unfortunately, she hasn't done much of anything, other than sit in her tube. I really hope she is fertile, since i've been wanting this species for a while now...

i wonder what do buniapone colonies act like


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Ants epic :D
YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ

My current ants: Nylanderia cf. kraepelini, Pheidole parva, Odontomachus simillimus, Tetramorium sp., Tapinoma melanocephalum, Oecophylla smaragdina, Dinomyrmex gigas, Pseudolasius streesemani, Camponotus parius, Iridomyrmex anceps, Solenopsis geminata, Pheidole cf. comata

 

Death count: idk there's too many that I've lost :(


#31 Offline Leo - Posted November 6 2021 - 9:10 PM

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Pseudoneoponera rufipes - 20mm

test tube with outworld

1 Queen

 

the larvae has grown surprisingly quickly, and although she doesn't have any eggs or smaller larvae, the one larvae she does have is quite large, probably ready to pupae soon.

 

 

 

Odontoponera cf. denticulata - 13mm

Plastic box

1 Queen 1 worker

 

Second larvae was eaten by the larger one, and the larger one has already begun the pupation proccess, waiting on new eggs to develop.

 

 

 

Buniapone ambylops - 10mm

small soil container

1 Queen

 
I may have accidentally dropped her setup  :/ 
thankfully though, all her eggs survived, and the queen wasn't too phased by the whole ordeal. Still no larvae though...
 
 
 
Cf. Euponera sp - 3mm
Small soil container
1 Queen
 
This queen already has some large-ish larvae, for a ponerine species, these seem to grow very quickly.
 

Edited by Leo, November 6 2021 - 9:11 PM.

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#32 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted November 7 2021 - 4:41 PM

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07/11/21

 

Pseudoneoponera rufipes - 20mm

test tube with outworld

1 Queen

 

the larvae has grown surprisingly quickly, and although she doesn't have any eggs or smaller larvae, the one larvae she does have is quite large, probably ready to pupae soon.

 

 

 

Odontoponera cf. denticulata - 13mm

Plastic box

1 Queen 1 worker

 

Second larvae was eaten by the larger one, and the larger one has already begun the pupation proccess, waiting on new eggs to develop.

 

 

 

Buniapone ambylops - 10mm

small soil container

1 Queen

 
I may have accidentally dropped her setup  :/ 
thankfully though, all her eggs survived, and the queen wasn't too phased by the whole ordeal. Still no larvae though...
 
 
 
Cf. Euponera sp - 3mm
Small soil container
1 Queen
 
This queen already has some large-ish larvae, for a ponerine species, these seem to grow very quickly.
 

 

Cool!


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Ants epic :D
YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ

My current ants: Nylanderia cf. kraepelini, Pheidole parva, Odontomachus simillimus, Tetramorium sp., Tapinoma melanocephalum, Oecophylla smaragdina, Dinomyrmex gigas, Pseudolasius streesemani, Camponotus parius, Iridomyrmex anceps, Solenopsis geminata, Pheidole cf. comata

 

Death count: idk there's too many that I've lost :(





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