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Kadin's liometopum occidentale journal


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#1 Offline KadinB - Posted August 14 2021 - 6:54 PM

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I caught 8 queens a few months ago and traded/sold/selling some of them. I kept a queen my self and have been raising it ever since. The colony has around 50 workers (2nd gen) and are getting another right now and will reach around 70-80 after they all become workers! The queen already laid a batch of around 50 eggs for the next generation. I will be posting pictures of them and their set up. The colony is about 3 and a half months old.


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#2 Offline KadinB - Posted August 14 2021 - 7:05 PM

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Here’s some pictures! As I was taking pictures I saw a few workers crawling along the lid….. which means some escaped. I had to reapply some baby powder. Pictures also suck to. AC stuff is scratched.

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#3 Offline KadinB - Posted August 15 2021 - 12:23 PM

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Forgot to mention. These queens were just caught near my back yard light. 7/8 were mated. One died and still had wings on but most kept wings on during founding and got workers.


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#4 Offline KadinB - Posted August 17 2021 - 11:46 AM

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The queen laid a ton more eggs and they are getting more workers everyday. Next generation should have them triple in size!


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#5 Offline KadinB - Posted August 22 2021 - 4:10 PM

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Gonna be moving these guys into one of my diy firebrick nest. We'll see how it goes! Hopefully their not to small for the nest and can escape or something.


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#6 Offline KadinB - Posted August 27 2021 - 5:23 PM

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I don't think I'm gonna be moving them into the fire brick nest. They are to small for it. They also started to escape again! I saw around 5 workers crawling around on the lid of they're out world. I think a good amount escaped. I see around 35 workers in the colony rn. I may move them into a mini hearth. I will might not move them in because I'm trying to have my friend get some honey pot's and give him the nest. He says he doesn't want to spend $45 on a nest and $25 on some mimicus. But I'm hoping he will buy the pot's. If he doesn't I will update this and let you all know if he decides to or not. Can they also escape hearths at all? Or chew through them?



#7 Offline KadinB - Posted August 28 2021 - 6:54 PM

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Gonna probably try to trade for a hearth for these guys. Will update on how that goes.



#8 Offline KadinB - Posted August 31 2021 - 9:21 PM

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I expect next generation to be massive. They are not being heated also with a heating cable and they love the heat. They have around 50 pupae and 35 larvae. I can't tell if there's eggs at all. I am gonna need a mini hearth for them very soon... I may move them into a XL I'm getting soon. Will post pics this weekend. Hopefully I can get a pic of the brood pile before they all become workers.


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#9 Offline KadinB - Posted September 1 2021 - 6:40 AM

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#10 Offline That_one_ant_guy - Posted September 1 2021 - 2:30 PM

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May I ask what the plants(I think)on the cotton are?

#11 Offline KadinB - Posted September 1 2021 - 3:59 PM

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May I ask what the plants(I think)on the cotton are?

Oh hahahah. I put in some seeds for them to play around with since they love to move stuff around and they have germinated lol. Should have mentioned it lol.



#12 Offline KadinB - Posted September 6 2021 - 2:39 PM

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Here’s a pic of them eating from today’s meal. These guys love sugar water.

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#13 Offline KadinB - Posted September 7 2021 - 3:14 PM

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Update! I got there hearht XL today. I just dumped them into it and now I'm waiting for them to move in. These guys will probably do a lot more better in there! Will post pictures this weekend.



#14 Offline KadinB - Posted September 7 2021 - 4:13 PM

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Nvm got some pics just now. They moved in as soon as they got dumped.

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#15 Offline KadinB - Posted September 26 2021 - 11:05 PM

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Holy crap! I just looked at these pictures and they sure are out dated! Wow this amazes me. The colony is doing very well rn. They are at 100-130 workers now. they can be seen in this video here. I have been to busy to update any of my journals.

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#16 Offline KadinB - Posted October 11 2021 - 8:59 PM

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This colony is doing very well now! They are at about 150 workers now. They are growing like heck. I have been feeding them lot's of mealworms and recently fruit fly's. Here's some pics below.

They are also being heated too with a heating cable. They also like to run around in circles on their feeder too which is cool to watch. Here's a link on my youtube channel of them doing that.

 

(303) Liometopum occidental running around in circles around feeder - YouTube


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#17 Offline KadinB - Posted October 11 2021 - 9:00 PM

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#18 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted October 12 2021 - 6:51 AM

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wow that's a lot of brood


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#19 Offline KadinB - Posted October 12 2021 - 12:30 PM

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I just realized last night that the colony had went from 20 workers to 150+ in one month!


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#20 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 21 2022 - 6:26 PM

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update??? 


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