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#1 Offline PaigeX - Posted November 24 2021 - 1:05 AM

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Hey all!
 
Today as I was walking around my 4 acre property following a Polyrhachis Ornata trail (that I only just found out about) and I spotted a huge ant.
I was amazed as I have not seen any big ants for many years. Like non at all. Once closer, I recognised its colour as I've seen it for sale on Queenofants.com.au

I picked it up with a container to get a closer look and saw it was a Queen!! I'm flabbergasted at the find and so happy. 
 
As a new ant keeper, I have very little experience in general so I'm starting this journal as a way to share what I encounter and any problems I might have keeping 
Myrmecia Chrysogaster.
 
I hope you enjoy this along the way and if you have any Tips on how to look after Myrmecia, it would be much appreciated!
 
The container in the pictures is what I have made myself. Made for Semi-Claustral Queens I might find in my yard... maybe a little too small for her? I'll have to make a larger one maybe.
Container has fluon around the sides but this queen does not seem to be affected by it. (not stopping her from crawling out xD)

 
 
The whole set up.
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Her eating the honey I put in. I added seeds just because. ( shrugs shoulders) xD
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Spilt seeds when getting a good picture. She stared right at me. I heard that Myrmecia have great eye sight but it still shocked me.
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Edited by PaigeX, December 11 2021 - 10:49 AM.

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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

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#2 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted November 26 2021 - 12:55 PM

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I think this might actually be M. chrysogaster, the petiole (I think that's what it's called) and mandibles are red, they're black for M. fulvipes. Very cool find, I hear that the mandibularis species group which this ant is from isn't as aggressive as other bull ants usually.

 

EDIT: Chrysogaster isn't mandibularis group, they're pilosula group, sorry.


Edited by Leptomyrmx, November 29 2021 - 8:27 PM.

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Colonies: Camponotus humilior 1w, Opisthopsis rufithorax 3w, Aphaenogaster longiceps 5w, Pheidole sp. ~50w 2m, Nylanderia cf. rosae ~10w x2, Rhytidoponera cf. victorae 7w, Iridomyrmex sp. 2q ~30w, Maybe Solenopsis or Monomorium 2w, Brachyponera lutea 3w

Queens: Iridomyrmex purpureus :yahoo:, Colobopsis sp., Nylanderia cf. rosae 2q, Technomyrmex sp., Tetramorium sp.

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

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#3 Offline PaigeX - Posted November 26 2021 - 3:40 PM

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I think this might actually be M. chrysogaster, the petiole (I think that's what it's called) and mandibles are red, they're black for M. fulvipes. Very cool find, I hear that the mandibularis species group which this ant is from isn't as aggressive as other bull ants usually.

Ohhh!! I think your right on that. I used www.queenofants.com.au to compare pictures. I knew she was not Myrmecia Piliventris because she has red legs but I didn't see the other one with mandibles and red node. 
I'll see if I can edit that. Thank you so much <3


Edited by PaigeX, November 26 2021 - 3:41 PM.

Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

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#4 Offline PaigeX - Posted December 7 2021 - 12:21 AM

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Made a routine check up today and saw she has laid her first egg!  


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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.


#5 Offline PaigeX - Posted December 11 2021 - 3:46 AM

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Checked again today and she has 3 eggs! Now that I know she is laying more I'm going to leave her be for a while.

 

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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.


#6 Offline SYUTEO - Posted December 11 2021 - 3:49 AM

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Why haven't you changed the title? It still says it's Myrnecia fulvipes.


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Antkeeping since 2018   :)

 

My current list:

Camponotus parius x1, Camponotus irritans x1, Meranoplus bicolor x1, Lepisiota rothneyi x1,  Anochetus sp x1, Monomorium monomorium x1, Tetramorium cf lanuginosum x1, Odontomachus simillimus x2, Iridomyrmex anceps x1, Crematogaster sp x1, Solenopsis geminata x2, Paratopula sp x1, Trichomyrmex sp x1, Anochetus sp2 x1, Camponotus albosparsus x1, Tetramorium cf bicarinatum x1, Brachyponera sp x1, Mesoponera rubra x1, Colobopsis sp x2, Anoplolepis gracilipes x1, Colobopsis leonardi x1, cf Paratopula sp x1, Gnamptogenys sp x1

 

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#7 Offline PaigeX - Posted December 11 2021 - 4:08 AM

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Why haven't you changed the title? It still says it's Myrnecia fulvipes.

I can't find out how to edit it  :facepalm:


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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.


#8 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted December 11 2021 - 6:45 AM

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Why haven't you changed the title? It still says it's Myrnecia fulvipes.

I can't find out how to edit it  :facepalm:

 

go back and edit the first post then there will be a button that says more options I think and then you should be able to edit the title


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#9 Offline PaigeX - Posted December 11 2021 - 10:50 AM

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Why haven't you changed the title? It still says it's Myrnecia fulvipes.

I can't find out how to edit it  :facepalm:

 

go back and edit the first post then there will be a button that says more options I think and then you should be able to edit the title

 

New button I did not see before popped up called "full editor" 
I don't think you know how much time I've looked in edit for the button or other areas on my profile. Thanks for the help!


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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.


#10 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 12 2021 - 9:22 AM

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congrats on the queen laying eggs!!!!!!! hope they thrive!!!!!! :D


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#11 Offline PaigeX - Posted December 16 2021 - 4:14 PM

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Update: She now has 6 eggs and is doing well. Always cute to look at her when I check up because she stares back at me xD


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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.


#12 Offline PaigeX - Posted December 27 2021 - 11:53 AM

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Two of the eggs have hatched! (they are so cute) Time for some protein! 

 

edit: tried to take a picture of them. not that great but here.

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Edited by PaigeX, December 28 2021 - 8:41 AM.

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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.


#13 Offline PaigeX - Posted January 5 2022 - 2:19 PM

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Alrighty. She is now down to two larvae and not eggs.


Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.


#14 Offline PaigeX - Posted January 13 2022 - 9:11 PM

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Update: 
She has her first cocoon! One larvae still present.

 

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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.


#15 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted January 13 2022 - 10:37 PM

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Impressive founding speed for Myrmecia.

 

(I know there's a little bit left, but still.)


Edited by Leptomyrmx, January 13 2022 - 10:37 PM.

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Colonies: Camponotus humilior 1w, Opisthopsis rufithorax 3w, Aphaenogaster longiceps 5w, Pheidole sp. ~50w 2m, Nylanderia cf. rosae ~10w x2, Rhytidoponera cf. victorae 7w, Iridomyrmex sp. 2q ~30w, Maybe Solenopsis or Monomorium 2w, Brachyponera lutea 3w

Queens: Iridomyrmex purpureus :yahoo:, Colobopsis sp., Nylanderia cf. rosae 2q, Technomyrmex sp., Tetramorium sp.

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

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