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Myrmecia pilosula queen

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#1 Offline Ecthelion - Posted August 31 2021 - 12:09 AM

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Hi! I caught a Myrmecia pilosula queen today. I put her in a test tube setup before realizing tha half on one of her back lag was missing. She can walk well enough and seems to be alright, but do you think such a would cound impact such a predatory species? She drank some water and honey, but isn't moving around much. I don't think other species would have trouble with an injury like this, but do you think a semi claustral species could make it? Thanks.



#2 Offline JCRHJM - Posted August 31 2021 - 12:27 AM

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It remains to be seen in the future, but if it appears otherwise healthy there should be a good chance. Pilosula is one of the quickest growing bull ants so it shouldn't take too long for workers if she is indeed fertile



#3 Offline Ecthelion - Posted August 31 2021 - 12:52 AM

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It remains to be seen in the future, but if it appears otherwise healthy there should be a good chance. Pilosula is one of the quickest growing bull ants so it shouldn't take too long for workers if she is indeed fertile

Thank you for the reply! How long do you think she'll take to raise up some workers?


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#4 Offline JCRHJM - Posted August 31 2021 - 1:11 AM

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It remains to be seen in the future, but if it appears otherwise healthy there should be a good chance. Pilosula is one of the quickest growing bull ants so it shouldn't take too long for workers if she is indeed fertile

Thank you for the reply! How long do you think she'll take to raise up some workers?

 

Under the assumption that she is healthy, eggs should take up to 2 weeks to hatch once they have been laid, if you powerfeed the larvae it should take a couple weeks for them to get to max size and a couple more weeks for the pupae to develop. All of this varies on the temperature and amount u feed them. Also if u haven't done so already, I would recommend doing a tubs and tube setup as bull ants tend to do better in those.


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#5 Offline Ecthelion - Posted August 31 2021 - 2:17 AM

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It remains to be seen in the future, but if it appears otherwise healthy there should be a good chance. Pilosula is one of the quickest growing bull ants so it shouldn't take too long for workers if she is indeed fertile

Thank you for the reply! How long do you think she'll take to raise up some workers?

 

Under the assumption that she is healthy, eggs should take up to 2 weeks to hatch once they have been laid, if you powerfeed the larvae it should take a couple weeks for them to get to max size and a couple more weeks for the pupae to develop. All of this varies on the temperature and amount u feed them. Also if u haven't done so already, I would recommend doing a tubs and tube setup as bull ants tend to do better in those.

 

Thanks for your reply! I'll do a tubs and tubes setup for her.



#6 Offline Shazza - Posted September 7 2021 - 1:53 AM

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Update?
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#7 Offline Ecthelion - Posted September 10 2021 - 6:15 PM

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She's laid a few eggs, and is eating well. She seems healthy.


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#8 Offline Ecthelion - Posted September 22 2021 - 1:12 AM

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So, the eggs have started hatching. She seems to be doing great!


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#9 Offline JCRHJM - Posted September 22 2021 - 6:24 PM

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So, the eggs have started hatching. She seems to be doing great!

good to hear, would love some photos if you can get them



#10 Offline Ecthelion - Posted September 23 2021 - 8:32 PM

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So, the eggs have started hatching. She seems to be doing great!

good to hear, would love some photos if you can get them

 

Yes, I'll try to get some. I heard they shouldn't be disturbed often. The queen is still laying eggs, she's got about ten now.


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#11 Offline Ecthelion - Posted September 26 2021 - 9:38 PM

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pilosula brood

 

Well, I got some very bad pictures. The queen was not happy.


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