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Velvety Tree Ant - Liometopum occidentale New Queen

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#1 Offline _006417 - Posted August 4 2021 - 12:36 PM

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I spotted a new queen while visiting a family member up by Yosemite Area. Commonly see Carpenter Ants and Velvety Ants in the area, and after some help from Dspdrew I believe I have a queen Velvety Tree Ant. I was completley unprepared so I made a makeshift testube from an aquarium water test kit I had extra of. And she seems to be taking to it well, laid a few eggs after about 2 days in there and by the 3rd or 4th day she had laid a large pile that I counted to be around 25 eggs. I offered the queen some sugar water via a small piece of dabbed cotton, which she seemed to happily accept and drink from. Didn't want to disturb her too much but she seems to be doing well and tending eggs. Day 8 today 08.04.2021

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#2 Offline Polyacanthus - Posted August 5 2021 - 7:25 PM

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My first queens went in API test tubes as well 😁
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#3 Offline TestSubjectOne - Posted August 5 2021 - 7:34 PM

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Give this species lots of food, especially sugars, and they will grow at an insane rate.


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TestSubjectOne's Experiences in Antkeeping General Journal

 

Currently Keeping:

- Veromessor pergandei (1 queen, 600 workers)

- Novomessor cockerelli (1 queen, 200 workers)

- Myrmecocystus mexicanus (1 queen, 100 workers)

- Brachymyrmex patagonicus (3 queens?, 2,000 workers? & alates)

- Crematogaster sp. (1 queen, 600 workers)

- Liometopum occidentale (1 queen, 800 workers)

- Camponotus absqualator (1 queen, 130 workers)


#4 Offline _006417 - Posted August 6 2021 - 9:33 AM

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Thanks for the tips! She is chilling, the quiet beginning. Day 10 and all is well. Eggs should be hatching soon I believe. 

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#5 Offline NickAnter - Posted August 6 2021 - 10:12 AM

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By chance, is that one of the test tubes for testing fish tank chemicals?

 

If not, ignore my insanity...

Edit: Please ignore my apparent inability to read.

 I am curious in what microhabitat you found her in, under a stone, wandering, etc.? Good luck with her! Hopefully she displays the explosive growth this genus is know for.


Edited by NickAnter, August 6 2021 - 10:26 AM.

Species being kept:

 

 Solenopsis "plebeius", Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Nylanderia vividula, Temnothorax rudis and a Hypoponera sp.

 

Hoping to find this year:

Myrmecocystus, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Camponotus fragilis, Manica bradleyi, Formica perpilosa, Pheidole hyatti, and a Parasitic Formica sp.

 

People are stupid. It explains a lot...


#6 Offline M_Ants - Posted August 6 2021 - 10:18 AM

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By chance, is that one of the test tubes for testing fish tank chemicals?

 

If not, ignore my insanity...

 

Otherwise, I am curious in what microhabitat you found her in, under a stone, wandering, etc.?

It is. 


Veromessor pergandei- 1 queens 50ish workers

Myrmecocystus testaceus

Crematogaster sp. 

Acromyrmex

Camponotus yogi

Pogonomyrmex

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#7 Offline _006417 - Posted August 6 2021 - 11:33 AM

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This queen fly into the house at night and I was able to catch her. 

 

As far as the test tube, It is a test tube originally intended to be used to test water PH and to test the PPM of various additional components in regards to overall water quality.

Since it was an extra one, as I originally stated, it has never been used so works great.  (y)



#8 Offline _006417 - Posted August 9 2021 - 11:09 AM

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First Larve seen, Day 13 moving quick. Looks to be about 16 or so maybe. Hard to count and didn't want to disturb her much. I gave her a tase of honey a couple days ago and she loved it. 



#9 Offline _006417 - Posted August 9 2021 - 11:09 AM

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First Larve seen, Day 13 moving quick. Looks to be about 16 or so maybe. Hard to count and didn't want to disturb her much. I gave her a tase of honey a couple days ago and she loved it. 

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#10 Offline _006417 - Posted August 12 2021 - 3:49 PM

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Moving fast for this species! Larve are large, few smaller ones. Fed the queen some Protien Honey and she was super into it. Offered her the new formicarium but she is very chill and even in light stays calm and cool. Will wait for first workers to arrive and then will offer them the new nest again. All good. 

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#11 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 25 2022 - 6:29 AM

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update???



#12 Online NancyZamora4991 - Posted January 25 2022 - 5:15 PM

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It looks like his account was deleted.



#13 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 25 2022 - 5:27 PM

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It looks like his account was deleted.

oh, ok 



#14 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted January 25 2022 - 6:28 PM

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its a shame


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#15 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 29 2022 - 2:59 PM

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its a shame

If I recall he was harassing members, unless I’m thinking of someone else.

Never mind it looks like you were the one being harassed so I’m going to assume you were being sarcastic.

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