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THG's Aphaenogaster occidentalis log


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#1 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted November 26 2021 - 9:13 AM

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Caught this Queen on September 3rd. She laid eggs pretty fast and now has her first workers. They seem very happy in a THA mini hearth. They enjoy fruit flies, sunburst, and poppy seeds so far. 

 

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#2 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted November 28 2021 - 1:18 PM

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Got a better picture of the queen with the brood pile.

 

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#3 Offline UtahAnts - Posted November 28 2021 - 9:43 PM

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Does the colony have a noticeable feeding response yet? I know bigger colonies of Aphaenogaster have large responses to food, and I'm interested if a certain number of workers is needed before the ants feel comfortable pouring out from the nest to feed.


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#4 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted November 29 2021 - 5:43 AM

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Does the colony have a noticeable feeding response yet? I know bigger colonies of Aphaenogaster have large responses to food, and I'm interested if a certain number of workers is needed before the ants feel comfortable pouring out from the nest to feed.

Right now it's pretty much one or two workers that come out to collect food. I expect that will change when there are more of them.


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#5 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 9 2021 - 8:08 AM

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Looking like we should get our next batch of workers soon. 

 

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#6 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 23 2021 - 8:52 AM

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Looks like the next generation of workers are starting to arrive.

 

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#7 Offline Chasicle - Posted December 29 2021 - 9:39 PM

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Hey! I live in Washington and I feel like I keep every species you keep! Here’s a pic of my aphaenogaster occi. Feel free to ask me if you ever have questions about them :D

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#8 Offline Chasicle - Posted December 31 2021 - 2:27 PM

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Does the colony have a noticeable feeding response yet? I know bigger colonies of Aphaenogaster have large responses to food, and I'm interested if a certain number of workers is needed before the ants feel comfortable pouring out from the nest to feed.


You are correct. You should see my aphaeno occi hunt fruit flies. They send half the colony into that little outworld. It’s nuts
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#9 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 31 2021 - 8:16 PM

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This colony is getting more workers, with a ton more on the way. Starting to see two or three workers forage at once now.

 

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#10 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 1 2022 - 4:02 PM

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This colony is getting more workers, with a ton more on the way. Starting to see two or three workers forage at once now.

 

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awesome!!!!!


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#11 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 9 2022 - 10:23 AM

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This colony is now having a 4 to 5 worker response to feedings. Pretty cool to watch.

 

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#12 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 9 2022 - 3:31 PM

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This colony is now having a 4 to 5 worker response to feedings. Pretty cool to watch.

 

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no doubt :)


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#13 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 9 2022 - 5:44 PM

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Awesome. I’m looking forward to waking up my Aphaenogaster rudis in a month or so.
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#14 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 18 2022 - 8:04 AM

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This colony is doing well. Plenty of brood. 

 

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#15 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted Today, 6:07 AM

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Quick video I shot of this colony the other day.

 


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