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Antkeeper01's Ponera pennsylvanica journal(Recontinued!) New queen!

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#1 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted May 16 2021 - 2:13 PM

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So yesterday i found a 2q Ponera pennsylvanica colony with only a few workers being attacked by a massive tetra colony i knew if i didn't help they would definitely be killed so i collected 2 queens and 2 workers so far here are pics

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Edited by Antkeeper01, September 27 2021 - 3:08 PM.

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1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.

 

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#2 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted September 2 2021 - 1:00 PM

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These died sadly


1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.

 

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#3 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted September 27 2021 - 3:06 PM

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Hey I'm back!!! Anyway yesterday I'm pretty sure I found a Ponera queen foraging yesterday so I collected her made he a testube setup with a piece of rotten wood and about an hour ago I collected some springtails for her. So yay!!


1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.

 

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#4 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted April 19 2022 - 2:09 PM

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That queen died a while ago. Bit when I was acting in golden I lifted a rock and found a 1 queen like 20 worker colony! They have been living in a simple test tube set up until yesterday when I moved them into a test tube with coco fiber.pretty sure this is the queen but it's hard to see:

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1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.

 

My Youtube channel: https://www.youtube....kUjx-dPFMyVqOLw

 

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#5 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted April 19 2022 - 2:38 PM

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That queen died a while ago. Bit when I was acting in golden I lifted a rock and found a 1 queen like 20 worker colony! They have been living in a simple test tube set up until yesterday when I moved them into a test tube with coco fiber.pretty sure this is the queen but it's hard to see:

It seems like you're repeating your mistakes. All of the previous setups seem similar to this one. Ponera will take smaller insects in captivity iirc. I've seen pre-killed baby roaches fed to them before. The setups also seem far too moist. 
A post I found that could help: Looking for detailed explanation on how to get a Ponera pennsylvanica colony going - General Ant Keeping - Ants & Myrmecology Forum (formiculture.com)


Edited by ANTS_KL, April 19 2022 - 2:41 PM.

Young ant keeper with a decent amount of knowledge on local ant species.

YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ (It's pretty dead. Might upload again soon, don't expect my voice to sound the same though.)

Currently kept ant species, favorites have a star in front of their names (NOT in alphabetical order, also may be outdated sometimes): Camponotus irritans inferior, Ooceraea biroi, Pheidole parva, Nylanderia sp., Paraparatrechina tapinomoides, Platythyrea sp., Anochetus sp., Colobopsis sp. (cylindrica group), Crematogaster ferrarii, Polyrhachis (Myrma) cf. pruinosa, Polyrhachis (Cyrtomyrma) laevissima, Tapinoma sp. (formerly Zatapinoma)

Death count: Probably over a hundred individual queens and colonies by now. I cannot recall whatsoever.

#6 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted April 20 2022 - 6:30 AM

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That queen died a while ago. Bit when I was acting in golden I lifted a rock and found a 1 queen like 20 worker colony! They have been living in a simple test tube set up until yesterday when I moved them into a test tube with coco fiber.pretty sure this is the queen but it's hard to see:

It seems like you're repeating your mistakes. All of the previous setups seem similar to this one. Ponera will take smaller insects in captivity iirc. I've seen pre-killed baby roaches fed to them before. The setups also seem far too moist. 
A post I found that could help: Looking for detailed explanation on how to get a Ponera pennsylvanica colony going - General Ant Keeping - Ants & Myrmecology Forum (formiculture.com)

 

The single queen died of dehydration and they seem to be doing well in this habitat at the moment. The reason I didn't put them in a petri dish nest is because I don't have any petri dishes at the moment but will try to get some soon. Thanks for the advice!

EDIT: I have them on a diet of springtails at the moment.


Edited by Antkeeper01, April 20 2022 - 6:31 AM.

1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.

 

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#7 Offline NicholasP - Posted April 20 2022 - 7:08 AM

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I can say, having kept a 40-worker strong workerless colony, that they are sensitive to not having water and usually die within a day or two.



#8 Offline OiledOlives - Posted April 20 2022 - 7:12 AM

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I can say, having kept a 40-worker strong workerless colony, that they are sensitive to not having water and usually die within a day or two.

Did you mean queenless?



#9 Offline NicholasP - Posted April 20 2022 - 7:11 PM

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I can say, having kept a 40-worker strong workerless colony, that they are sensitive to not having water and usually die within a day or two.

Did you mean queenless?

 

Oh. Yeah, I meant queenless.







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