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Jordan's (non)Orbiculate Honeypot Ants, Myrmecocystus placodops_02

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#1 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 5 2021 - 12:39 AM

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Myrmecocystus placodops journal

 

I recently got 1 M. placodops queen. She was caught after a flight on June 25th in SoCal. I've heard their survival rate is pretty good so hopefully she does well.

 

Based off of some worker specimen from the location they were caught, these queens are likely M. placodops_02, which are closely related to the M. placodops_01 caught in southern Texas that have orbiculate heads. While I haven't managed to find any descriptions or pictures of placodops_02, I'm fairly certain these are the 02 variant because 03 is much smaller than 02 and about the size of M. koso. They also likely aren't one of the 5 variants of M. mendax based on identification I got from the key. Here are some microscope pictures:

 

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I have pictures and videos starting from June 30. Here they are:

 

 

June 30

 

July 1

She's fatter because I fed her some nectar.

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July 2

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Imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/rRUq7uA

 

July 3

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Imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/iwgJwyx

 

July 4

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Imgur album: https://imgur.com/a/1wDv8xO

 


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#2 Offline ReignofRage - Posted July 5 2021 - 1:07 AM

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The entire M. placodops and M. mendax subspecies thing is very annoying and complicates everything so much. Glad I was able to spread the document about the variants a bit though, maybe we can get a lot of it straightened out...



#3 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 5 2021 - 11:08 AM

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July 5

Here's a video of her setup


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#4 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 5 2021 - 4:21 PM

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The entire M. placodops and M. mendax subspecies thing is very annoying and complicates everything so much. Glad I was able to spread the document about the variants a bit though, maybe we can get a lot of it straightened out...

 

Yeah whoever's gonna work on the morphological key and describe the species is gonna have a real fun time :D



#5 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 6 2021 - 2:16 AM

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July 6

Her eggs have developed a bit, and a few of them are more yellow now, compared to the previous pictures when they nearly blended in with the white sand. I'm hoping she gets larvae by the weekend. Here are some pictures of her face and the eggs.

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#6 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 7 2021 - 9:59 AM

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Not much of a big update today, but I noticed these eggs look pretty close to hatching. Maybe a few more days for larvae?
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#7 Offline Nanahira - Posted July 7 2021 - 1:32 PM

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very nice :)


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#8 Offline JenC - Posted July 7 2021 - 1:40 PM

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Nice formica
Current Colonies:
1x Camponotus Vicinus (3 Workers)

Single Queens:
3x Camponotus Clarithorax
4x Camponotus Maritimus
5x Camponotus Ca02
7x Camponotus Sansabeanus
1x Myrmecocustus Testaceus
3x Prenolepis Imparis

#9 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted July 7 2021 - 7:02 PM

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Nice formica

:wtf: these are Myrmecocystus


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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#10 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 7 2021 - 7:07 PM

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I believe he was joking.


Lasius americanus--about 200 Workers

Nylanderia vividula--500+ workers

Temnothorax rudis--9-20 workers and brood                           

Pheidole navigans--500+? workers

Strumigenys membranifera!!!!--25 queens

Camponotus maritimus--2-6 workers and brood.

Dorymyrmex insanus--6 workers

Solenopsis "plebius"--5-15 workers

Solenopsis cf. truncorum--Eggs


#11 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted July 7 2021 - 7:12 PM

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I believe he was joking.

oh I'm an idiot lol


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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#12 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 7 2021 - 11:50 PM

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Nice formica

Best formica. Maybe I'll post some in here one day when I can think of absolutely nothing to update with.



#13 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 7 2021 - 11:56 PM

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July 8

Some of the eggs look like they have a little more shape. Fingers crossed for Friday or this weekend.
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Queen facing down today :)
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Also, if anyone is wondering, I take these pictures with a phone and a macro lens. The key seems to be to shine an ungodly amount of light on the test tube, so I wouldn't recommend doing this if your ants are quick to stress out.

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#14 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 9 2021 - 9:08 PM

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Not much of an update, so here's a picture of another orange and black ant I have :)
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#15 Offline JenC - Posted July 9 2021 - 9:11 PM

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Nice honeypot species!!
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Current Colonies:
1x Camponotus Vicinus (3 Workers)

Single Queens:
3x Camponotus Clarithorax
4x Camponotus Maritimus
5x Camponotus Ca02
7x Camponotus Sansabeanus
1x Myrmecocustus Testaceus
3x Prenolepis Imparis

#16 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted July 10 2021 - 6:08 AM

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Nice honeypot species!!

Yes, so much cooler than the Formica he keeps updating on.

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#17 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted July 10 2021 - 10:05 AM

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Nice honeypot species!!

Yes, so much cooler than the Formica he keeps updating on.

 

Wow how dare you. My Formica are top notch.


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#18 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 10 2021 - 10:37 AM

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Parasitic Formica are awesome...

 

Not sure about those random Formica though.


Lasius americanus--about 200 Workers

Nylanderia vividula--500+ workers

Temnothorax rudis--9-20 workers and brood                           

Pheidole navigans--500+? workers

Strumigenys membranifera!!!!--25 queens

Camponotus maritimus--2-6 workers and brood.

Dorymyrmex insanus--6 workers

Solenopsis "plebius"--5-15 workers

Solenopsis cf. truncorum--Eggs


#19 Offline nurbs - Posted July 10 2021 - 10:52 AM

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IKR beans?! You beat me to it.

 

Nice honeypot species!!


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#20 Offline cocdeshijie - Posted July 10 2021 - 1:08 PM

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need more photos


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