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THG's first Lasius neoniger colony


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#1 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 20 2021 - 7:22 PM

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I managed to get a Lasius neoniger Queen with some workers from a buddy, and this will be my little journal of their growth journey. I received them today and they were all happy and had a nice brood pile going. Tomorrow they will be moving into a THA mini hearth for their first proper home.

 

Arrival day

 


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#2 Offline Lillyrose - Posted April 21 2021 - 5:31 PM

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I'm not sure how big the mini hearth is ... but you could keep them in the tube for a bit. Their numbers are so low.

They sure are neat :-)

Can't wait for your next update.
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#3 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 21 2021 - 5:57 PM

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I'm not sure how big the mini hearth is ... but you could keep them in the tube for a bit. Their numbers are so low.

They sure are neat :-)

Can't wait for your next update.

There's over 20 workers and have at least 8 more that should be emerging any day now. As well as a pretty decent pile of eggs and larvae. I'm hoping they'll do well. Only time will tell. They are currently chomping down on a small moth I caught and froze for them.


Edited by TacticalHandleGaming, April 21 2021 - 5:58 PM.

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#4 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 23 2021 - 7:09 AM

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I'm not sure how big the mini hearth is ... but you could keep them in the tube for a bit. Their numbers are so low.

They sure are neat :-)

Can't wait for your next update.

There's over 20 workers and have at least 8 more that should be emerging any day now. As well as a pretty decent pile of eggs and larvae. I'm hoping they'll do well. Only time will tell. They are currently chomping down on a small moth I caught and froze for them.

 

 

Well, apparently the colony agrees with you. They've moved some of the brood back and forth between the test tube and the mini hearth a few times, but they seem to be doing it for the humidity. Just going to wait and see what they do, as I'd rather not dump them in.

 

So far they've consumed a very small cricket and a bunch of sunburst ant nectar. The Queen is happily laying more eggs, and I even saw a larva enclose this morning! 


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#5 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 24 2021 - 12:51 PM

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Quick little update. The workers have now moved most of the enclosed brood to the mini hearth. The rest are chilling in the test tube with the Queen still. Here's a slightly crummy photo from my cheap microscope.

 

 

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#6 Offline MrPurpleB - Posted April 24 2021 - 1:02 PM

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Looks like a healthy colony. Cool pictures, hope to see the colony grow more. 

 

Nice!


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#7 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 26 2021 - 7:53 PM

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Made a little video for some of the workers collecting fruit flies today. They sure seem to love them. They've also drank an unbelievable amount of sunburst too!

 

Youtube video


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#8 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 27 2021 - 8:14 PM

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Well, they moved into the mini hearth sometime last night. They have happily set up shop on the water tower.

 

 

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#9 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 7 2021 - 4:50 AM

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Update on the colony. The Queen seems like she is still laying like crazy, and I think we have several new workers.

 

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#10 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 10 2021 - 6:38 PM

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Minor update. I counted at least 32 pupa, 5 larva, and two clusters of eggs that I can see currently. It's hard to tell as they like to stash eggs and larva in the hole next to the water tower. Also they are now way more active with removing trash from the nest area to the "outworld".

 

Another blurry photo, but you get the idea of how many eggs I can see. One of these days I'll clean the glass so I can take better photos.

 

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#11 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 16 2021 - 5:49 PM

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Managed to get a photo of the brood pile today, not the best... However look at all that brood! Holy molly has the Queen been laying this week!

 

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Might try and clean the glass next week. As it's pretty hard to take a photo of the water tower area.


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#12 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 21 2021 - 6:04 PM

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A bunch of new workers enclosed this week, not sure exactly how many. But I counted 4 translucent workers, and at least 4 more semi-translucent workers. Queen is still laying a ton of eggs, and they keep stashing them in the hole by the water tower. :lol:

 

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#13 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted May 24 2021 - 9:42 AM

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I've heard these colony's can explode in numbers check this out:  of course this is niger not neoniger but they are pretty much the same


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My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#14 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 24 2021 - 9:57 AM

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Allegedly from what I read before getting them, Neoniger colonies don't grow quite as large. Niger can reach 50k workers, where as Neoniger only gets up to 20k or so. I think they'll most likely outgrow the XL mini hearth in the next few months. I'm looking at maybe upgrading them to a Casita or Nucleus nest. It'll be based off their growth, and I expect the Casita should be enough of an upgrade... 


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#15 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted May 24 2021 - 10:07 AM

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Maybe a fortress or a labyrinth mini


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My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#16 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 25 2021 - 5:33 AM

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Got a rough count of the workers, and we have somewhere in the number of 50-60 workers. (Hard to tell exactly. They huddle together and move quick.) There is 3 big clusters of eggs, and huge pile of larvae. Somewhere around 30+. There still is a handful of pupae that haven't enclosed yet. I'd expect the amount of workers will likely double in just a few weeks.


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#17 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted May 25 2021 - 6:03 AM

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Holy moly by this point they will out grow the mini hearth in a few months! what have you been feeding them to grow so much?


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My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#18 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 25 2021 - 6:43 AM

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Holy moly by this point they will out grow the mini hearth in a few months! what have you been feeding them to grow so much?

 

Mostly flightless fruit flies and byformica ant nectar. The occasional small cricket here and there. They really like the fruit flies.


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#19 Offline Chickalo - Posted May 25 2021 - 6:58 AM

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Made a little video for some of the workers collecting fruit flies today. They sure seem to love them. They've also drank an unbelievable amount of sunburst too!

 

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Stupid GoGuardian  :facepalm:

Anyways, glad to see your colony doing well!  Will be checking on the journal for updates!


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Nope nope nope nope nope


#20 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 25 2021 - 7:10 AM

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Wow, sorry about that. I changed the category to pets & animals. Hopefully that fixes that issue. 

I'll be sure to update you all when I do my normal water/cleaning routine on Friday. (I normally check on all my water towers/nestmates that day, and remove any trash from the colonies.) 


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