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m99's: T. immigrans — P. imparis — A. picea — L. americanus

tetramorium journal immigrans prenolepis imparis picea aphaenogaster lasius americanus

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#61 Online m99 - Posted April 2 2022 - 3:30 PM

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Yeah as I was looking at that pic up close I realized they're all fully striped up and extended right now, so that must explain it. I guess I just expected them to be juicing mom up too after hibernation, but maybe she's not in an egg laying phase right away, especially with all that larva about to go.

 

Good thought about the lice too, I'll have to consider that if it doesn't resolve itself I think.


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#62 Online m99 - Posted April 4 2022 - 10:35 AM

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Alright snow land surgery complete! I'm really glad I went in there, because it assuaged all my concerns about the prenos. One, they'd organized a lot more since a few days ago, so the mold didn't look nearly as bad as it did then (when they had the bodies scattered basically everywhere except the immediate water tower area).

 

In fact I decided to not even go into the top chamber of their bifurcated, and was able to slide the glass aside to quickly clean out the main chamber instead.

 

Unfortunately I didn't grab any pictures during, especially because the queen very quickly started running along the glass looking for escape. But this is the aftermath and the putty-qtip tool I used:

 

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I got a good look at the crew and if I counted correctly it looks like they haven't lost a single girl over winter! And they were all fatty to the max, so I won't worry about their eating at all now.
 
I think I'll leave them in the cooler for another month-ish at the top temp of 64 degrees and hope they come into May with a pile of summer eggs ready to go into estivation.
 
Meanwhile the picea ladies also came out today, but I'll wait until they're warmed up and settled back into the ant shelf to take some update pics.

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#63 Online m99 - Posted April 8 2022 - 12:27 PM

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Well, it looks like the second year Preno curse has struck me too.

 

I'm holding out hope that some new food and a day at warmer temperatures might lead to a miracle, but the queen was on her side on the water tower the last time I checked and I don't have much hope.

 

I'm really sad about it because I got to spend so much time looking at her so closely, and she features so heavily in this journal so far. I know they're a really hard species to get going through the second year, but I also feel guilty for what a rough start they had and how much stress it probably caused her over the last year.

 

Anyway. I'm hoping I'll come across flying queens myself this year and in the meantime will hopefully be able to keep the remaining girls alive. If so, I'll attach the queen's test tube to the mini hearth once they're confirmed to be viable, and hope I can keep the colony going.


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