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NicholasP's Polyergus Mexicanus


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#1 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 7 2021 - 8:36 AM

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I'd like to have this journal already running because today I'm going to the mountains to see if I find any Polyergus and Formica and of course take photographs. If I catch anything I will update you guys with what I catch. And if I catch Polyergus Mexicanus? Well then you guys will be able to watch some Polyergus Mexicanus raiding and watching the grow!


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#2 Offline Crazycow - Posted June 7 2021 - 8:37 AM

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Good luck!
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#3 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 7 2021 - 8:39 AM

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Thanks! I'll try my hardest to get a Polyergus journal running for you guys!



#4 Offline Manitobant - Posted June 7 2021 - 9:34 AM

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Why make a journal when you haven’t even got the ants yet?
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#5 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 7 2021 - 10:27 AM

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Because I have high hopes and I can receive tips from people of how to take care of them well.



#6 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted June 7 2021 - 11:46 AM

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Because I have high hopes and I can receive tips from people of how to take care of them well.

but how do know you will get the ants?


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#7 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 7 2021 - 12:14 PM

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Because I have high hopes and I can receive tips from people of how to take care of them well.

but how do know you will get the ants?

 

Don't worry. I will somehow get them. Just not illegally as I've said before since I think doing things illegally is a awful thing for the ants and environment.


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#8 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 7 2021 - 12:15 PM

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Also if I don't find them then I can switch the title for another ant species I actually have right now.



#9 Offline Manitobant - Posted June 7 2021 - 3:12 PM

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Because I have high hopes and I can receive tips from people of how to take care of them well.

but how do know you will get the ants?
Don't worry. I will somehow get them. Just not illegally as I've said before since I think doing things illegally is a awful thing for the ants and environment.
i think your chances are gone sadly. The best time to find colonies of formica and polyergus is in early spring when the queens are heating up near the surface. You will most likely have to wait for their nuptial flights in august.

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#10 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 7 2021 - 8:25 PM

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You all doubted me! But I have proven you all wrong! I have found a Polyergus Mexicanus queen today with tons of brood and 27-30 Formica Pozolica workers! I will post a picture most likely later tonight when they go in a test tube. Until then, stay safe!


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#11 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 7 2021 - 10:59 PM

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In case you guys need more proof I have a picture of her with her royal pile!

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#12 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 7 2021 - 11:08 PM

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She lays on her side a lot. But, according to my friend that happens with other parasitic workers so I guess that's fine.


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#13 Offline Crazycow - Posted June 8 2021 - 6:02 AM

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Congrats on the find!

#14 Offline Manitobant - Posted June 8 2021 - 6:16 AM

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Holy sh*t good find! I would move them into a tar heel ants nest if you have one, or some other formicarium.

#15 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 8 2021 - 6:18 AM

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Holy sh*t good find! I would move them into a tar heel ants nest if you have one, or some other formicarium.

I custom make formicarium now so i'll make like a chambered discus nest.


Congrats on the find!

thank you!


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#16 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 8 2021 - 6:19 AM

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Holy sh*t good find! I would move them into a tar heel ants nest if you have one, or some other formicarium.

CheetoLord02 Actually found some polyergus topoffi a few weeks ago and someone found a polyergus mexicanus queen in a mountainous part of AZ.


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#17 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 8 2021 - 6:21 AM

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The biggest thing is that AZ climate is much different to Canada climate. In AZ the mountains near Tucson are kind of warm all the time and have a good amount of records of Polyergus Mexicanus.


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#18 Offline Manitobant - Posted June 8 2021 - 7:04 AM

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Are you in AZ?

#19 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 8 2021 - 8:47 AM

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Yes. I live in Tucson, AZ.



#20 Offline NicholasP - Posted June 8 2021 - 4:16 PM

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Civil war has now broken out in the tube! the formica workers are battling for the pupae of where to place them! The poor workers have to drag all the pupae from the outworld constantly. I feel bad. But I bet the queen will put things in order.


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