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Jordan's Myrmecocystus placodops_02 Journal (now with workers)

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#41 Offline Shazza - Posted July 15 2021 - 1:55 PM

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I think we all would

#42 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 15 2021 - 6:07 PM

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What if you check tomorrow and all the larva will be gone? Will you cry?

 

What if you check in 2 week and all of the placodops are dead? Will you cry?


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#43 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 16 2021 - 9:45 PM

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Some pretty large larvae here. Maybe they'll pupate by Sunday. I didn't want to disturb the queen too much today so I didn't take pictures. (someone came in and moved stuff around in my room, which might've shaken up her tube)

I actually started writing this an hour ago, and I just checked again and there's a pupa. I took a video but I don't have time to upload it so I'll do that tomorrow.


Edited by sirjordanncurtis, July 18 2021 - 10:23 PM.

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#44 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 16 2021 - 11:10 PM

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PUPAE


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#45 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 17 2021 - 3:53 PM

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Did a brood count today. Looks like she has 28 eggs, 19 larvae, and 1 pupa (unmarked picture on imgur link). Some of the eggs look like they might be hatching as well. I was reading coc's journal of his M. mexicanus, and his queens seemed to lay mostly in batches, whereas this queen lays basically every day. 

Today is day 22 since capture, and I'm estimating that she'll have workers by day 41 or 42, which is when I'll actually be out of town.  :( I'm a little worried about how much energy she'll have if she does actually end up raising 20 workers for the first batch, so I'm planning on feeding her some sugar next week after most of these larvae have grown and pupated.

You can see how the queen is doing a pretty good job of separating the large larvae from the smaller larvae/eggs, so hopefully this will reduce cannibalization a bit.

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#46 Offline eea - Posted July 17 2021 - 4:05 PM

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never seen larvae move on their own before, pretty cool


-camponotus sansabeanus: 9 workers and larvae

-pheidole moerens: 3 workers and pile of brood

 

 

 

 

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#47 Online nurbs - Posted July 17 2021 - 5:14 PM

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What if you check tomorrow and all the larva will be gone? Will you cry?

 

What if you check in 2 week and all of the placodops are dead? Will you cry?

 

 

I'd sob like the grown man that I am. Hand me a tissue.


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#48 Offline Tyr_Ants - Posted July 17 2021 - 5:26 PM

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#49 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 18 2021 - 10:23 PM

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So the queen has 4 pupae now, which is awesome.
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Queen pics. There are only so many ways you can take pictures of a single ant and I'm on negative 5 ways left. But I'll probably keep going anyways haha.
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#50 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted July 19 2021 - 6:39 AM

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Nice pics! 


Ants are Pets, not Pests. 

 

-Camponotus sansabeanus

-Camponotus US-CA02

-Camponotus vicinus

-Formica podzolica

-Monomorium spp.

-Pogonomyrmex californicus

-Solenopsis spp. 

 


#51 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 21 2021 - 7:56 PM

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Hey guys sorry for not updating for the past two days. I know ur all DEFINITELY missing out on the identical updates on my queen :D. I'll send three posts for each day I missed in a bit.


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#52 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted July 21 2021 - 8:03 PM

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For a second I thought she DIED.
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#53 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 21 2021 - 8:18 PM

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I can see why you might think that, considering how powerful my queen is, she might be too dangerous.

 

For a second I thought she DIED.


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#54 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 21 2021 - 8:24 PM

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Not much update today. The queen has 4 pupae, but I don't want to disturb her, so here's a different red and black ant.
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She has 6 pupae now. The pupae are starting to block out my view of the larvae and eggs, and she's keeping them super close to herself  :*(
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9 pupae now. I can still count around 11-ish larvae. I wonder how many of these will get to actually pupate.
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The queen is moving some of the larvae around here

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#55 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 30 2021 - 10:14 AM

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How many workers now?


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Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

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#56 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 30 2021 - 11:10 AM

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No workers yet, but she'll probably have some in a few days. I haven't been updating too much because there's not very much of a difference. 16 pupae as of this morning.


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#57 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 30 2021 - 10:31 PM

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I didn't realize how long it's been since I updated. I've been away on an anting trip, and taking pictures of the queen has also been getting harder and harder as more and more sand covers the tube. She should have workers in the coming days, but unfortunately, I won't get to see them if they don't eclose before Sunday morning. I'll probably feed the queen on Saturday night so at least she won't tire herself out after workers start eclosing. Like I mentioned in the previous post, the queen has 16 pupae now. She also has a batch of about 30-ish eggs which will hopefully hatch once the workers eclose.
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#58 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 31 2021 - 10:52 AM

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No update today. Have a red and black ant.

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No update today. Have a red and black ant.

 

I'm assuming rugosus, which i have yet to find


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#60 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 31 2021 - 11:12 PM

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She is eclosing her first worker now.


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