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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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T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

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Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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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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T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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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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Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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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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Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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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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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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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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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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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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Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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#15 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 21 2022 - 6:07 AM

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Quick video I shot of this colony the other day.

 


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T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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#16 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 26 2022 - 6:11 AM

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Colony had a minor disaster the other day, a worker got stuck in the liquid feeder and died. Leaking byformica sunburst into the forging area. I removed what I could and changed the feeder. I also put a small tray under the feeder to hopefully stop any more spills. Other than that, the colony is doing good. With plenty of more workers on the way.

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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#17 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 31 2022 - 6:06 AM

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Colony is doing well, no more issues with the liquid feeder after last week's incident.

 

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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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#18 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted January 31 2022 - 8:28 AM

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I must get my hands on some Apheanogaster! 


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"If an ant carries an object a hundred times it's weight,you can carry burdens many times your size.


#19 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 31 2022 - 10:02 AM

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Queens are quite easy to attract using black lights. Eastern species fly right before dawn, though, so set an alarm clock.


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#20 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted January 31 2022 - 10:16 AM

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I found this Queen after dark, crawling around on one of my patios. 


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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis, P. imparis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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