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THG's Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis journal


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#1 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 9 2021 - 7:38 PM

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On May 2nd I ordered a Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis Queen from THA. Now the waiting game begins. Already have a heated formicarium that I want to try out.

 

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The formicarium I plan on using.

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#2 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 22 2021 - 5:09 PM

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So I got the Pogonomyrmex a while back, but quickly learned something about them. They have quite strong mandibles, and were starting to dig in their nest! :o 

 

So, I quickly ordered a ready to ship Fallen Fortress from THA. It arrived today and I began the moving process. (The Queen moved over very quickly after the first workers made sure the new nest was safe.) I started with a basic white light flashlight, and once the Queen moved over, I switched to my 2w UV black light.

 

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After several hours of workers going back and forth, we are all moved in! (I did have to dump a lot of their seeds from their old nest in the out world, but still.)

 

 

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#3 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted May 24 2021 - 9:27 AM

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


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tapinoma sessile, lasius aphidicola, temnothorax curvispinosus ,nylanderia flavipes, prenolepis impairs
Founding:
camponotus chromaiodes x2, camponotus pennsylvanicus x1, tetramorium immigrans x6, temnothorax curvispinosus x13, Colobopsis impressa x2, camponotus castaneus x1, Temnothorax dbbga03 (undescribed)x4 pheidole bicarinata x2 pheidole tysoni x5 (hooray :D) aphenogaster cf. rudis x3 selonopis molesta x2 Formica pallidefulva-group x2 nylanderia sp. x1 pheidole pilfera x1 lasius americanus x4 Monomorium minimum x1

#4 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted May 24 2021 - 9:30 AM

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

I would guess it was Ytong. 


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#5 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 24 2021 - 9:40 AM

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

I would guess it was Ytong. 

 

 

No, it was some sort of cast material with sand mixed in. I suspect grout, but not a high quality kind. The Pogonomyrmex are doing much better in their new Fallen Fortress. I counted 7 visible larvae, and at least 15 eggs last night. Their currently at about 30ish workers, hoping we'll get a nice boom in the colony soon.

 

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#6 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted May 24 2021 - 9:50 AM

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Grout and sand....not a good combination lol


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#7 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 29 2021 - 5:56 PM

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It's hard to see, but they have 3 pupae that should hopefully enclose this week. Bunch of fat larvae, and two piles of eggs. (The queen is actually holding a pile in this photo.)

 

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#8 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 30 2021 - 8:32 AM

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Not sure why, but the colony moved all their seeds into piles in the out world. The workers are still carrying seeds into the nest for use occasionally. Should I be worried? I gave them some more seeds and fish flakes in their out world and they carried the fish flakes in immediately.


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#9 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted May 30 2021 - 6:15 PM

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I'm guessing that the nest that they ae in is too humid or the seeds went bad/germinated . if they are still eating I think they will be okay


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#10 Offline Broncos - Posted May 30 2021 - 6:28 PM

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I've been wanting one of these for a while. they look nice and healthy. They'll do very well in that fallen fortress


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Pogonomyrmex Californicus Bicolor & Concolor

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#11 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 30 2021 - 6:32 PM

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I'm guessing that the nest that they ae in is too humid or the seeds went bad/germinated . if they are still eating I think they will be okay

I gave them new seeds in their out world and they took them in. I think you are correct.


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#12 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 2 2021 - 7:45 AM

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Checked on these gals last night. Looks like we should have six more workers enclosing soon. 

 

 

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#13 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 4 2021 - 8:05 AM

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Took a peak at the brood pile last night, we now have 8 pupae, 3 of which are starting to darken. I'm really hoping we'll get lucky and a few will enclose this weekend. Also still have quite a few larvae in various stages, and the Queen is laying plenty of eggs.  (y)

 

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#14 Offline yibsi - Posted June 4 2021 - 8:21 AM

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Took a peak at the brood pile last night, we now have 8 pupae, 3 of which are starting to darken. I'm really hoping we'll get lucky and a few will enclose this weekend. Also still have quite a few larvae in various stages, and the Queen is laying plenty of eggs.  (y)
 
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Can’t wait to see the colony growth these gals will have!
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    Formica pallidifulva - 1 queen, 8-10 eggs

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#15 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted June 4 2021 - 10:17 AM

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Nice! Pogonomyrmex callows are so cute
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#16 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 4 2021 - 10:39 AM

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Nice! Pogonomyrmex callows are so cute

 

Agreed. Honestly I like this species so much now, that I may have to get a second colony of them. They are just so fun to watch. 


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#17 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted June 5 2021 - 8:57 AM

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Yea, I wish I could have one but I’m too broke hahaha
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tapinoma sessile, lasius aphidicola, temnothorax curvispinosus ,nylanderia flavipes, prenolepis impairs
Founding:
camponotus chromaiodes x2, camponotus pennsylvanicus x1, tetramorium immigrans x6, temnothorax curvispinosus x13, Colobopsis impressa x2, camponotus castaneus x1, Temnothorax dbbga03 (undescribed)x4 pheidole bicarinata x2 pheidole tysoni x5 (hooray :D) aphenogaster cf. rudis x3 selonopis molesta x2 Formica pallidefulva-group x2 nylanderia sp. x1 pheidole pilfera x1 lasius americanus x4 Monomorium minimum x1

#18 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 5 2021 - 7:25 PM

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Well, I'd expect we'll have 2 new callow workers tomorrow or the next day. I was sure there was a 3rd one darkening, but I guess I was mistaken? The workers are constantly busy, and they often will hold a pupae up to the heat cable for long periods of time.

 

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#19 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 8 2021 - 6:52 AM

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I heard you guys and gals like callow workers. First one of the new batch of workers enclosed sometime last night.  

 

 

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#20 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted June 8 2021 - 7:01 AM

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Nice...that’s good to hear they are doing well just wondering how often do you add in seeds?
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tapinoma sessile, lasius aphidicola, temnothorax curvispinosus ,nylanderia flavipes, prenolepis impairs
Founding:
camponotus chromaiodes x2, camponotus pennsylvanicus x1, tetramorium immigrans x6, temnothorax curvispinosus x13, Colobopsis impressa x2, camponotus castaneus x1, Temnothorax dbbga03 (undescribed)x4 pheidole bicarinata x2 pheidole tysoni x5 (hooray :D) aphenogaster cf. rudis x3 selonopis molesta x2 Formica pallidefulva-group x2 nylanderia sp. x1 pheidole pilfera x1 lasius americanus x4 Monomorium minimum x1




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