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THG's first Lasius neoniger colony


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#61 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted March 2 2022 - 12:33 PM

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Uhh, Not sure really. Maybe 200-300ish? Plan on ordering a Fortress for them very soon. 


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#62 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted March 2 2022 - 2:19 PM

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Wow, I've just realized that I've never gotten a Lasius Neoniger collony before. And also awsome colony!


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#63 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted March 3 2022 - 6:34 PM

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Lots of pupae suddenly. Here we go! 

 

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Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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#64 Offline DRpepper - Posted March 7 2022 - 8:31 AM

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looking really good! how much do you feed them?


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#65 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted March 7 2022 - 9:15 AM

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looking really good! how much do you feed them?

 

10 to 20 wingless fruit flies a day, and they always have byformica sunburst. I give them occasional cricket leg now and again. 


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T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel. 


#66 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted March 7 2022 - 1:40 PM

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that's good, I was thinking you should just put in an entire cricket or two, it firs the size of the colony :D


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#67 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted March 7 2022 - 2:30 PM

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that's good, I was thinking you should just put in an entire cricket or two, it firs the size of the colony :D

 

I was thinking the same.  (y)


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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, P. imparis.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel. 


#68 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted March 10 2022 - 6:21 PM

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I always try to take photos right after feeding these gals. Never disappoints.

 

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T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel. 


#69 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted March 11 2022 - 1:30 PM

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lovley photos, makes me want to just stick my hand into my computer and steal the entire colony.


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#70 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted March 11 2022 - 6:05 PM

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My Lasius queens just got pupae, Super hyped  :D.


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#71 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 12 2022 - 3:05 PM

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Wow, I've just realized that I've never gotten a Lasius Neoniger collony before. And also awsome colony!

Around here neos are the most common species. The annual nuptial flights are insane. But they're still a beautiful species, especially when the queen becomes physogastric. 


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#72 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted March 12 2022 - 4:13 PM

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I've seen them fly before and caught some queens but I guess I never bothered to start an actual colony, I usually just gave em away or let them go.


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#73 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted March 21 2022 - 9:20 PM

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Got a new home ordered for these gals. Can't wait to see how they grow this year. We've had a lot of new workers enclose, and now naked pupae? Also their feeding response is very huge now. Pretty cool to see.

 

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Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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#74 Offline mannac - Posted March 24 2022 - 11:08 AM

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Did you order a fortress? I'll be moving my 1.5yr Lasius cf neoniger colony into a mini hearth this spring but I'm hoping they outgrow it by the end of this season.
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#75 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted March 24 2022 - 11:56 AM

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Did you order a fortress? I'll be moving my 1.5yr Lasius cf neoniger colony into a mini hearth this spring but I'm hoping they outgrow it by the end of this season.

 

I did in fact order a custom fortress for them. Should be here next month sometime. 


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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, P. imparis.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel. 


#76 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 2 2022 - 10:49 AM

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Well, I'm glad I ordered these ladies a new home. The soon to be had boom of workers will mean they'll need it for sure. The whole water tower is covered in eggs and larvae.

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, P. imparis.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel. 


#77 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 17 2022 - 9:51 PM

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Tons of brood, new callow workers too!

 

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Currently kept species

L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, P. imparis.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel. 


#78 Offline T.C. - Posted April 18 2022 - 1:13 AM

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Awesome journal man. Be careful with the Size of the new nest you give them. You don't want to get too big. Even a nest of this size would still last them a good while. Most of my colonies I won't give them a new nest until I can't see any more nest at all.

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#79 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 18 2022 - 4:45 AM

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Awesome journal man. Be careful with the Size of the new nest you give them. You don't want to get too big. Even a nest of this size would still last them a good while. Most of my colonies I won't give them a new nest until I can't see any more nest at all.

I ordered them a custom THA fortress. I expect it won't be here for at least another week or so. No major rush on moving them just yet.


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Currently kept species

L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, P. imparis.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel. 


#80 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 27 2022 - 5:19 AM

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I thought the brood pile was impressive before. Their new home can't get here soon enough. :o

 

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Currently kept species

L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, P. imparis.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel. 





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