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#21 Offline SYUTEO - Posted July 14 2021 - 12:58 AM

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Hi Ants KL, are the weavers living in a big test tube? Do you enclose it with cotton bud? Or use talcum/alcohol rub?

I keep them in an escape proofed Exo-terra. I use a kind of vine, better known as a money plant. They are in a huge test tube and are refusing to move out cuz they are stupid. The test tube was just left there and they decided to seal the entrance and make it smaller.
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Oic, money plant has poisonous sap, so maybe they are cautious not to stay in there?
Do you mean Pachira aqutica or Epipremnum aureum?
Idk.... It's the vine with green and white leaves. And it's sorta lime ish color

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#22 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 14 2021 - 12:59 AM

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Hi Ants KL, are the weavers living in a big test tube? Do you enclose it with cotton bud? Or use talcum/alcohol rub?

I keep them in an escape proofed Exo-terra. I use a kind of vine, better known as a money plant. They are in a huge test tube and are refusing to move out cuz they are stupid. The test tube was just left there and they decided to seal the entrance and make it smaller.
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Oic, money plant has poisonous sap, so maybe they are cautious not to stay in there?

Do you mean Pachira aqutica or Epipremnum aureum?

Idk.... It's the vine with green and white leaves. And it's sorta lime ish color

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Does it look like Epipremnum aureum?

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Currently kept ant species, favorites have a star in front of their names (NOT in alphabetical order, also may be outdated sometimes): Camponotus irritans inferior, Ooceraea biroi, Pheidole parva, Nylanderia sp., Paraparatrechina tapinomoides, Platythyrea sp., Anochetus sp.,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.

#23 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 15 2021 - 1:56 AM

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Update!
Bad news. Crematogaster had 3 workers but 1 died so down to 2. Pheidole dying. Good news, simillimus larva bigger, and new queen! Pics after eggs are laid. Sp is Tetraponera rufonigra! Help on care pls.

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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.

#24 Offline SYUTEO - Posted July 15 2021 - 2:07 AM

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I believe the cause of the Crematogaster and Pheidole dying is stress, try covering them from light and only expose them to light when feeding them, try doing it for a week and see if that works.


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#25 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 15 2021 - 3:19 AM

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I believe the cause of the Crematogaster and Pheidole dying is stress, try covering them from light and only expose them to light when feeding them, try doing it for a week and see if that works.

I think it's actually hygiene issues. The trash piles are close to the ants so it's hard to clean.

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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.

#26 Offline SYUTEO - Posted July 15 2021 - 3:39 AM

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I believe the cause of the Crematogaster and Pheidole dying is stress, try covering them from light and only expose them to light when feeding them, try doing it for a week and see if that works.

I think it's actually hygiene issues. The trash piles are close to the ants so it's hard to clean.

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Hmm, that's a bit strange, before moving my L. rothneyi colony to a new test tube, their trash piles are also very close to the brood but they didn't deplete in numbers that quickly. The same is for my Pheidole parva (when they are still living in a test tube) and my previous Iridomyrmex anceps colony (they didn't die from the trash, but I'm still not 100% sure what they died from).


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#27 Offline ashley1505 - Posted July 27 2021 - 3:31 PM

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Ants KL, did you chance upon their queens or bought from a store? You are staying in KL right?
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#28 Offline ashley1505 - Posted July 27 2021 - 3:38 PM

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Any updates to your weaver colony? Photos if possible? I'm still yearning for a weaver colony so any news of a flourishing one is good news :)
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#29 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 28 2021 - 11:45 PM

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Ants KL, did you chance upon their queens or bought from a store? You are staying in KL right?

I stay in Petaling Jaya but everyone here calls it KL. I used to stay in KL anyway. I catch all my queens and some are from my neighbor.

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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.

#30 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 28 2021 - 11:47 PM

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Any updates to your weaver colony? Photos if possible? I'm still yearning for a weaver colony so any news of a flourishing one is good news :)

I don't have too good of news to share. The colony is at 3 workers and brood growth has slowed to a halt. However is should be around 3 days till my Odontomachus simillimus queens larva has a pupa. And my new black crazy ant colony is doing great! The Crematogaster died and I'm still getting over that... No pics as I'm really not in the mood.

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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.

#31 Offline SYUTEO - Posted July 28 2021 - 11:51 PM

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Any updates to your weaver colony? Photos if possible? I'm still yearning for a weaver colony so any news of a flourishing one is good news :)

I don't have too good of news to share. The colony is at 3 workers and brood growth has slowed to a halt. However is should be around 3 days till my Odontomachus simillimus queens larva has a pupa. And my new black crazy ant colony is doing great! The Crematogaster died and I'm still getting over that... No pics as I'm really not in the mood.

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Better luck next time. Hopefully you'll get more soon.


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#32 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 29 2021 - 3:15 AM

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Any updates to your weaver colony? Photos if possible? I'm still yearning for a weaver colony so any news of a flourishing one is good news :)

I don't have too good of news to share. The colony is at 3 workers and brood growth has slowed to a halt. However is should be around 3 days till my Odontomachus simillimus queens larva has a pupa. And my new black crazy ant colony is doing great! The Crematogaster died and I'm still getting over that... No pics as I'm really not in the mood.

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Better luck next time. Hopefully you'll get more soon.
Nah I prolly won't. I haven't seen queen ants let alone insects in the past 3 weeks

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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.

#33 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 31 2021 - 7:14 AM

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Sad news, the weaver ants workers all died and the queen is alone. I'll try to get her to found again. The Carebara is dead. Odontomachus rixosus aren't doing too well. Simillimus larva should pupate soon. Everyone else is fine.

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I won't be updating for a few weeks as I'm not rlly free rn.

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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.

#34 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted July 31 2021 - 7:39 AM

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#35 Offline SYUTEO - Posted July 31 2021 - 6:48 PM

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Check your ants for mites, they could be the cause of your ants' deaths. Make sure all food you give them is pesticide free. Keep them away from direct sunlight. Do not keep them in an air conditioned room. Feed them more often. Check on your O. rixosus and Carebara queens less often, during feeding, don't shine light onto them. O. rixosus is more sensitive to O. simillimus. Try different setups for Carebara the next time you found them (I would suggest filling up a test tube with substrate and introducing your queen in, It's the only setup I had success with). 


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#36 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 31 2021 - 8:04 PM

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Check your ants for mites, they could be the cause of your ants' deaths. Make sure all food you give them is pesticide free. Keep them away from direct sunlight. Do not keep them in an air conditioned room. Feed them more often. Check on your O. rixosus and Carebara queens less often, during feeding, don't shine light onto them. O. rixosus is more sensitive to O. simillimus. Try different setups for Carebara the next time you found them (I would suggest filling up a test tube with substrate and introducing your queen in, It's the only setup I had success with).

I did all the above. Also I can't brood boost the weaver cuz all the nests I find are guard posts.

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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.

#37 Offline ashley1505 - Posted July 31 2021 - 8:09 PM

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Sad news, the weaver ants workers all died and the queen is alone. I'll try to get her to found again. The Carebara is dead. Odontomachus rixosus aren't doing too well. Simillimus larva should pupate soon. Everyone else is fine.
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Oh man, I'm so sorry to hear this... don't be too sad, they r truly small n fragile... let's wait for the next opportunity to try again.. But u have done extremely well as u got them this far!

#38 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 31 2021 - 8:12 PM

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Sad news, the weaver ants workers all died and the queen is alone. I'll try to get her to found again. The Carebara is dead. Odontomachus rixosus aren't doing too well. Simillimus larva should pupate soon. Everyone else is fine.
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Oh man, I'm so sorry to hear this... don't be too sad, they r truly small n fragile... let's wait for the next opportunity to try again.. But u have done extremely well as u got them this far!
Yeah I guess... I hope I can still brood boost the queen before she dies. I have her in a temporary enclosure. I just need iridomyrmex anceps and I'll be happy and stop catching ants lol. Mco has been rough. I'll see if I can update in around 3 weeks but I'll probably not be updating for a month or more since I have a few issues here with my ants and the general hobby. It's gonna be hard to get by for me but if I release anyone I'll keep the rarer ants.

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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.

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Check your ants for mites, they could be the cause of your ants' deaths. Make sure all food you give them is pesticide free. Keep them away from direct sunlight. Do not keep them in an air conditioned room. Feed them more often. Check on your O. rixosus and Carebara queens less often, during feeding, don't shine light onto them. O. rixosus is more sensitive to O. simillimus. Try different setups for Carebara the next time you found them (I would suggest filling up a test tube with substrate and introducing your queen in, It's the only setup I had success with).

I did all the above. Also I can't brood boost the weaver cuz all the nests I find are guard posts.

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Ok, hopefully everything works out and your ants recover. Also, you should feed your ants a variety of foods so your ants get all the nutrients they need.


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#40 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 31 2021 - 10:45 PM

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Check your ants for mites, they could be the cause of your ants' deaths. Make sure all food you give them is pesticide free. Keep them away from direct sunlight. Do not keep them in an air conditioned room. Feed them more often. Check on your O. rixosus and Carebara queens less often, during feeding, don't shine light onto them. O. rixosus is more sensitive to O. simillimus. Try different setups for Carebara the next time you found them (I would suggest filling up a test tube with substrate and introducing your queen in, It's the only setup I had success with).

I did all the above. Also I can't brood boost the weaver cuz all the nests I find are guard posts.

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Ok, hopefully everything works out and your ants recover. Also, you should feed your ants a variety of foods so your ants get all the nutrients they need.
I do.

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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.




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