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#141 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted November 21 2021 - 11:55 AM

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The queen in this colony has been laying like crazy. Waiting for a huge boom in population.

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#142 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted November 28 2021 - 2:12 PM

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The queen in the colony isn't stopping. Super impressed by the brood pile right now. Look at all those eggs!

 

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Currently kept species

L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#143 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 2 2021 - 8:26 AM

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Snapped some photos last night of the brood piles. Starting to think I may need to order an XL labyrinth already.  :o

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#144 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 13 2021 - 8:05 PM

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The brood numbers are getting crazy. 

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#145 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 23 2021 - 9:12 AM

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This colony is still doing super well. Queen says diapause is for weaklings.

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#146 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 31 2021 - 9:44 AM

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New workers are starting to arrive. Going to be a lot of them! :o

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#147 Offline Antkeeper_21 - Posted December 31 2021 - 10:57 AM

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I suspect these species are not a fan of protein. It would be interesting seeing these bad girls taking down a cricket or a super mealworm. 



#148 Offline Chasicle - Posted December 31 2021 - 2:24 PM

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I suspect these species are not a fan of protein. It would be interesting seeing these bad girls taking down a cricket or a super mealworm.


Actually Pogonomyrmex are nuts for protein. My queen goes crazy for all the protein I give her but never accepts seeds. I suspect when she gets workers she will take more interest.

#149 Offline Antkeeper_21 - Posted December 31 2021 - 5:12 PM

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So you are saying is, you can do live feeding? 
happy new year btw



#150 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted December 31 2021 - 5:25 PM

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So you are saying is, you can do live feeding? happy new year btw


You sound like an ants Canada fanboy lmao. No offense, happy new year.

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Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#151 Offline Antkeeper_21 - Posted December 31 2021 - 5:43 PM

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Well yes but actually no lmao



#152 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 31 2021 - 9:13 PM

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I don't do live feedings. I always freeze, and sometimes boil as well any insects I give my colonies.


Currently kept species

L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#153 Offline Chasicle - Posted December 31 2021 - 11:32 PM

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I pre kill all feeders except for fruit flies. The ants can kill the flies much faster then I can and it’s not really a brutal death.

#154 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 10 2022 - 10:47 PM

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Lots more growth, I'm happy to see this colony come so far in not even a year.

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#155 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 18 2022 - 11:07 AM

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Huge photo dump of how the colony is doing. Simply crazy how far they've grown in less than a year. 

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#156 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 23 2022 - 8:12 AM

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Gave this colony a frozen and then boiled dampwood termite elate. They made quick work of it.

 


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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#157 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 23 2022 - 10:17 AM

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I’m seriously considering ordering one of these colonies. Would you recommend it?
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#158 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 23 2022 - 10:35 AM

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I’m seriously considering ordering one of these colonies. Would you recommend it?

These are some of my favorite ants to keep at the moment. I enjoyed my first colony so much, I ordered a second colony. Very easy to take care of, however I'd recommend a flat nest with the glass on the top. That way the colony can't gum it up as easy. (I also put the heat on the glass, heating from the top down like their nest would be in the wild.) They are super clumsy and trip/fall a lot, funny ants to watch. They also can't climb very easy. So technically you don't have to use barrier in their outworld, although I do as I've found that some workers can climb the corners a bit.

 

Normal diet for my colonies is dandelion seeds, chia seeds, poppy seeds, fruit flies, and fish food flakes. I give my main colony sunburst as well, although it's unnecessary.


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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#159 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted January 23 2022 - 11:50 AM

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Mine are being shipped on Monday! I’m so hyped :D
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My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#160 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 23 2022 - 7:02 PM

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Mine are being shipped on Monday! I’m so hyped :D

It’ll be colder than a penguin’s backside. Better wait at the door for the package!
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