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Dspdrew's Myrmecocystus mexicanus Journal [124] (Updated 2-4-2024)

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#241 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 21 2023 - 3:47 AM

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

#242 Offline BleepingBleepers - Posted December 21 2023 - 7:44 AM

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Very sweet journal you have here!

It's journals like these that make me wish I had honeypots but since that fell through and now that I have two ant species already, think my hands are full, timewise and space-wise.

But I'll admire it from afar!


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JOURNAL: Camponotus CA02 - First Time At Ant Keeping CLICK HERE

JOURNAL: Ectomomyrmex cf. astutus - Ant Species #2 CLICK HERE


#243 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted December 21 2023 - 8:39 AM

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This colony is so impressive! 8 years, wow
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Interested buying in ants? Feel free to check out my shop

Feel free to read my journals, like this one.

 

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Atta sp (wish they were in CA), Crematogaster cerasi, Most Pheidole species

 

 


#244 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 4 2024 - 3:29 PM

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Update 2-4-2024
 

The large colony is still doing really well right now and probably has over 1500 workers. I know they recently had a very large amount of new workers eclose because there was a massive pile of empty cocoons I had to clean out of there. They've continued to dig also and it looks like they added another whole chamber down towards the bottom. The excavated dirt was piling up pretty high so I sucked it all out with a mini vacuum.

 

Normally there aren't any workers out of the nest during the day, but this is what it looks like when I drop a few crickets in there.

 

 

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After all those pupae eclosed, there are hardly any cocoons, but giant piles of medium-sized larvae.

 

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The three new colonies are doing well also. The worker counts are about 25, 50, and 100.

 

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#245 Offline BleepingBleepers - Posted February 4 2024 - 8:13 PM

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Have always admire the honeypot ants that you guys keep.

 

Love how you're able to fill them up with colored liquids too.

 

Very interesting video, looks like me rushing to get some chicken drumsticks at the KFC / Popeyes.

 

Still a bit sad that I couldn't get the M. placodops, but I'll get some enjoyment from watching you guys enjoy them.

 

Thanks for sharing  :) 


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JOURNAL: Camponotus CA02 - First Time At Ant Keeping CLICK HERE

JOURNAL: Ectomomyrmex cf. astutus - Ant Species #2 CLICK HERE


#246 Offline 100lols - Posted February 5 2024 - 8:28 AM

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Your formicarium that houses the mature colony is so gorgeous. Truly an amazing engineering accomplishment!

Thank for the update :)

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