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Beginner Bull Ants

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#1 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted October 17 2021 - 3:34 PM

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Back with another thread in the Australia subforum.

 

I was wondering what a good first Bull ant species would be, and which are hardest to keep. Preferably one that is worse at escaping, and with less painful stings.

 

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My Ants:

Colonies: Camponotus humilior 1w, Opisthopsis rufithorax 11w, Aphaenogaster longiceps ~5w, Pheidole sp. ~235w ~15m, Iridomyrmex sp. 2q 1w, Brachyponera lutea 6w, Crematogaster sp. ~20w, Podomyrma sp. 1w

Queens: Polyrhachis cf. robinsoni, Polyrhachis (Campomyrma) sp. (likely infertile)

Previously Kept: Colobopsis gasseri, Technomyrmex sp., Rhytidoponera victorae, Nylanderia cf. rosae, Myrmecia brevinoda/forficata, Polyrhachis australis, Solenopsis/Monomorium

Key: Q = Queen, W = Worker, M = Major

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

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#2 Offline JCRHJM - Posted October 17 2021 - 4:11 PM

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Apparently fulvipes, tarsata and piliventris are more docile, from personal experience forficata don't climb smooth surfaces much at least compared to nigrocincta. The most difficult one would probably be pilosula since they can jump and are the most likely to cause severe allergic reactions. I think you get a pretty similar experience with myrmecia in general. 


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#3 Offline Buglet - Posted October 17 2021 - 4:41 PM

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I do not keep ants but from personal experience observing them in the wild over the past few years, members of the mandibularis group (piliventris, fulvipes, etc) tend to be more docile and run away from threats instead of stand their ground.


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#4 Offline Ecthelion - Posted October 18 2021 - 1:28 PM

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Yeah, you'd probably do well with a mandibularis group. Fulvipes or something similar.



#5 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted October 18 2021 - 1:45 PM

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Great! I have fulvipes in my area, and they're some of my favourite Bull ants.


My Ants:

Colonies: Camponotus humilior 1w, Opisthopsis rufithorax 11w, Aphaenogaster longiceps ~5w, Pheidole sp. ~235w ~15m, Iridomyrmex sp. 2q 1w, Brachyponera lutea 6w, Crematogaster sp. ~20w, Podomyrma sp. 1w

Queens: Polyrhachis cf. robinsoni, Polyrhachis (Campomyrma) sp. (likely infertile)

Previously Kept: Colobopsis gasseri, Technomyrmex sp., Rhytidoponera victorae, Nylanderia cf. rosae, Myrmecia brevinoda/forficata, Polyrhachis australis, Solenopsis/Monomorium

Key: Q = Queen, W = Worker, M = Major

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney






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