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THG's first Pogonomyrmex occidentalis journal


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#161 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted January 24 2022 - 3:25 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!
Trust me I’m nervous

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


#162 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 29 2022 - 10:26 PM

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Another photo dump. Worker numbers continue to grow.

 

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Currently kept species

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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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#163 Online ANTdrew - Posted January 30 2022 - 4:10 AM

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Awesome!
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#164 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted February 7 2022 - 8:11 AM

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No sign of slowing down. Also that seed horde is amazing. It's fun to watch them sort through it. Sometimes they just randomly move seeds to a different chamber. 

 

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Currently kept species

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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. 


#165 Offline Crazycow - Posted February 7 2022 - 10:43 AM

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This is probably a stupid question but why do you give them so many seeds that they can’t all go through at once? Wouldn’t it be more effective to give them enough to eat but not to much so that they block up their nest and make it so they have less room for workers and brood?


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This is probably a stupid question but why do you give them so many seeds that they can’t all go through at once? Wouldn’t it be more effective to give them enough to eat but not to much so that they block up their nest and make it so they have less room for workers and brood?


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#166 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted February 7 2022 - 11:05 AM

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If they run out of seeds they will start to eat their brood/go into diapause. As you can see, there is still plenty of space in the top left chamber. I normally allow a sort of ebb and flow of seeds. I'll give them time for a few days to eat a bunch, then add more. 


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Currently kept species

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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. 


#167 Offline Crazycow - Posted February 7 2022 - 11:16 AM

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Ok that makes sense. Thank you


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Ok that makes sense. Thank you


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#168 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted February 19 2022 - 6:45 PM

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Been a minute since I updated this one. Colony is still doing well, and will likely need a new home soon. I'm leaning towards a XL Labyrinth or a Nucleus 360.

 

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Currently kept species

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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. 


#169 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted February 19 2022 - 7:26 PM

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Dang...that's a lot of workers.


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


#170 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted February 26 2022 - 1:03 PM

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Thinking I may need to move this colony into the Nucleus I have sitting around. That or order them something new very soon. What do you guys think?

 

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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. 


#171 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted March 5 2022 - 9:29 AM

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Going to have to order a Nucleus 360 I'm thinking.

 

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Currently kept species

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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. 


#172 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted March 21 2022 - 9:14 PM

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Colony is still doing well. Slowed down their seeds and protein a bit.

 

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Currently kept species

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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. 


#173 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 1 2022 - 7:18 AM

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I've cut back my feeding routine a bit. Trying to get this colony to use up some of their seed stores.

 

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Currently kept species

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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. 


#174 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 1 2022 - 7:53 AM

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Diet time!
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#175 Offline NicholasP - Posted April 1 2022 - 7:56 AM

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I'd be careful when cutting back protein because what I've observed is that mine take seeds and will store them and use them but they can't make their brood fully develop like that. They need a mix of protein and seeds from what I've seen. I don't know if it's just my Pogonomyrmex are just wacky but last time I tried it didn't go great.



#176 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 1 2022 - 9:16 AM

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I'd be careful when cutting back protein because what I've observed is that mine take seeds and will store them and use them but they can't make their brood fully develop like that. They need a mix of protein and seeds from what I've seen. I don't know if it's just my Pogonomyrmex are just wacky but last time I tried it didn't go great.

 

I'm only cutting back their seeds. I should have mentioned that. Still giving them fruit flies and crickets. 


Currently kept species

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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. 


#177 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted April 30 2022 - 7:27 PM

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Okay, so this colony seemed to slow for a bit. I upped their protein a touch and they seem back on track.

 

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

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus

 

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. 


#178 Offline aznphenom - Posted May 11 2022 - 11:22 AM

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Uh oh, may I ask what material was that nest made out of?

I would guess it was Ytong. 

 

Its not Ytong. I have one of those nest. Got it from AliExpress. Its a very weak plaster/cement base material. It crumbles away if it gets wet at all. 


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Keeps: Atta Texana, Odontomachus haematodus, Crematogaster Sp., Prenolepis imparis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Wants (Please reach out if you have them for sale if you’re in the US): Acromyrmex Sp., Atta Mexicana, Cephalotes Sp., Myrmecocystus Sp (Prefer Mexicanus), Odontomachus Sp. (Prefer Desertorum), Pachycondyla Sp., Pheidole Sp (Prefer Rhea. The bigger the better. Not the tiny bicarinata), Pogonomyrmex Sp., Pseudomyrmex Sp. (Prefer the cute yellow ones)

 





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