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TennesseeAnts' Pheidole pilifera Journal

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#1 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 23 2021 - 9:14 AM

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Update: 8/23/21

 

The single dealate has gotten her first worker! She's still got 9 pupae, 3 large larvae, a few small larvae and a new batch of 20 or so eggs. I am super excited for this queen! Its been a little over a month since I first collected her from her founding cell, which is a total egg-to-worker period of about 5 weeks. It would have been faster if I were heating her, but my heating cable went out so I'm buying a new one. I'll actually be moving all my ants to a metal rack system where I can more easily view and heat them. Anyway, I'm getting an Inception chamber ready for them I think, but I'm still trying to decide which chamber design I like better for them. I'll get pictures of the incipient colony later.


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#2 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 23 2021 - 5:30 PM

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Sorry for the sub-par pic, the tube is super scratched up for now.

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#3 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 26 2021 - 6:25 AM

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Update: 8/26/21

 

This queen is up to three workers now, and the second generation of eggs has begun to hatch already. I think they've still got 7-8 pupae and a few large larvae left. I'll be moving them into a new tube here shortly, as this one is low on water, dirty and scratched up. 

 

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#4 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted September 1 2021 - 4:59 PM

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Update: 9/1/21

 

The colony has reached 12 workers, and the queen has just laid another batch of 20 or so eggs to add onto the existing pile of 10 or so large larvae and pupae. I think there might be a major larva developing in there, since I've seen the workers carrying around a larger-than-normal larva the past few days which is larger than the minor pupae. I don't know for sure yet, since I've never owned this species before now. They took a fruit fly and made it completely disappear yesterday, which is their first protein meal. 

 

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