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#1 Offline Demoant - Posted December 27 2021 - 2:18 AM

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Hello everyone! I am Demoant. I live in Hong Kong, China and have been keeping ants for nearly 2 years. This is my first ant keeping journal and I hope you enjoy it.

 

Ants I am keeping:

 

Camponotus parius (1Q, 200W)

Camponotus irriants (1Q, 100W)

Camponotus vitiosus (2Q, 100W)

Camponotus lianghuang (1Q, 100W)

Camponotus lasiselene (1Q, 2W)

Camponotus turkestanus (1Q, 50W)

Colobopsis minus (1Q, 30W)

Colobopsis sp. (1Q, 20W)

Myrmoteras binghamii (2Q, 10W)

Polyrhachis demangei (1Q)

Ectomomyrmex astutus (1Q, 10W)

Euponera pilosior (1Q, 15W)

Harpegnathos venator (1Q, 25W)

Odontoponera denticulata 2020 (1Q, 40W)

Odontoponera denticulata 2021 (1Q, 35W)

Pseudoneoponera rufipes 2020 (1Q, 40W)

Pseudoneoponera rufipes 2021 (1Q)

Cataulacus granulatus (1Q, 7W)

Meranoplus bicolor (1Q, 40W)

Gnamptogenys bicolor (100W)

Tetraponera allaborans (1Q, 30W)

 

Ants that I have kept and died:

 

Camponotus nicobarensis

Carebara affinis

Carebara castanea

Buniapone amblyops

Iridomyrmex anceps

Oecophylla smaragdina

Dilobocondyla fouqueti

Anochetus sp.

Odontomachus sp.

Paratopula bauhinia

Ectomomyrmex sp.

 

 

 

27th December 2021 

 

Tetraponera allaborans (5mm workers, 7mm queens)

 

They are housed in a tube. I thought they would be inactive if I put them out of the warm box. I was wrong. Workers continued to climb on my hand when I feed them. They have a sting which does hurt so I have to be careful around them.

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This is the queen, slightly bigger than workers.

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Pseudoneoponera rufipes 2021 (15mm workers, 19mm queens)

 

This queen was caught in 2021. Her first larva failed to spin a cocoon but her second larva managed to spin. I am waiting to see if it will become a worker or a male.

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Her new cocoon and some eggs.

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Camponotus lianghuang (7mm workers, 11mm queens)

 

The bright yellow Camponotus. There are only small larvae now as winter sets in.

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Workers guarding small larvae.

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Camponotus lasiselene (3mm workers, 7mm queens)

 

This is a small arboreal ant species. The queen has stopped laying eggs and she current has 2 workers. I haven't been able to find out what sugar item they like as they don't seem interested in any sugar foods.

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Camponotus vitiosus (3mm workers, 7mm queens)

 

Another small sized arboreal Camponotus here in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, I noticed a queen had 2 of her legs bitten off. It seems that this weaker queens might be killed soon. They would stick their brood on the glass scattered instead of piling them up.

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Gnamptogenys bicolor (4mm to 6mm workers)

 

I traded some cataulacus queens to a friend of mine for this colony. They have exploded in numbers from May to now. They now give off a unique smell that isn't too bad to say the least.

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Their setup is a test tube with trash, a lot of trash.

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Myrmoteras binghamii (5mm workers, 6mm queens)

 

This colony started producing alates when they are only at 10 workers, and they still are. Now in winter, the larvae seemed to have stopped growing. 

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Macro pic of a worker.

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As the current temperature continues to stay low, I doubt there will be much development of my ants. The ones in the warm box might develop a bit more so I might update my Odontoponera and other ponerines next time.


Edited by Demoant, January 14 2022 - 12:37 AM.

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#2 Online antsriondel - Posted December 27 2021 - 8:34 AM

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Hello everyone! I am Demoant. I live in Hong Kong, China and have been keeping ants for nearly 2 years. This is my first ant keeping journal and I hope you enjoy it.

 

Ants I am keeping:

 

Camponotus parius (1Q, 200W)

Camponotus irriants (1Q, 100W)

Camponotus vitiosus (2Q, 100W)

Camponotus lianghuang (1Q, 100W)

Camponotus lasiselene (1Q, 2W)

Camponotus turkestanus (1Q, 50W)

Colobopsis minus (1Q, 30W)

Colobopsis sp. (1Q, 20W)

Myrmoteras binghamii (2Q, 10W)

Polyrhachis demangei (1Q)

Ectomomyrmex astutus (1Q, 10W)

Ectomomyrmex sp. (1Q, 30W)

Euponera pilosior (1Q, 15W)

Harpegnathos venator (1Q, 25W)

Odontoponera denticulata 2020 (1Q, 40W)

Odontoponera denticulata 2021 (1Q, 35W)

Pseudoneoponera rufipes 2020 (1Q, 40W)

Pseudoneoponera rufipes 2021 (1Q)

Cataulacus granulatus (1Q, 7W)

Meranoplus bicolor (1Q, 40W)

Gnamptogenys bicolor (100W)

Tetraponera allaborans (1Q, 30W)

 

Ants that I have kept and died:

 

Camponotus nicobarensis

Carebara affinis

Carebara castanea

Buniapone amblyops

Iridomyrmex anceps

Oecophylla smaragdina

Dilobocondyla fouqueti

Anochetus sp.

Odontomachus sp.

Paratopula bauhinia

 

 

 

27th December 2021 

 

Tetraponera allaborans (5mm workers, 7mm queens)

 

They are housed in a tube. I thought they would be inactive if I put them out of the warm box. I was wrong. Workers continued to climb on my hand when I feed them. They have a sting which does hurt so I have to be careful around them.

attachicon.giftpone.jpg

 

This is the queen, slightly bigger than workers.

attachicon.giftetraqueen1.jpg

 

 

 

Pseudoneoponera rufipes 2021 (15mm workers, 19mm queens)

 

This queen was caught in 2021. Her first larva failed to spin a cocoon but her second larva managed to spin. I am waiting to see if it will become a worker or a male.

attachicon.gifpseudo2021.jpg

 

Her new cocoon and some eggs.

attachicon.gifpseudoeggandcoon.jpg

 

 

 

Camponotus lianghuang (7mm workers, 11mm queens)

 

The bright yellow Camponotus. There are only small larvae now as winter sets in.

attachicon.giflianghuang1.jpg

 

Workers guarding small larvae.

attachicon.gifliang brood.jpg

 

 

 

Camponotus lasiselene (3mm workers, 7mm queens)

 

This is a small arboreal ant species. The queen has stopped laying eggs and she current has 2 workers. I haven't been able to find out what sugar item they like as they don't seem interested in any sugar foods.

attachicon.gifCamponotus lasi.jpg

 

 

 

Camponotus vitiosus (3mm workers, 7mm queens)

 

Another small sized arboreal Camponotus here in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, I noticed a queen had 2 of her legs bitten off. It seems that this weaker queens might be killed soon. They would stick their brood on the glass scattered instead of piling them up.

attachicon.gifvitiobroodonwall.jpg

 

 

Gnamptogenys bicolor (4mm to 6mm workers)

 

I traded some cataulacus queens to a friend of mine for this colony. They have exploded in numbers from May to now. They now give off a unique smell that isn't too bad to say the least.

attachicon.gifgmaptobrood1.jpg

 

Their setup is a test tube with trash, a lot of trash.

attachicon.gifbadgmaptosetup.jpg

 

 

 

Myrmoteras binghamii (5mm workers, 6mm queens)

 

This colony started producing alates when they are only at 10 workers, and they still are. Now in winter, the larvae seemed to have stopped growing. 

attachicon.gifmyrmoeggandbrood.jpg

 

Macro pic of a worker.

attachicon.gifmyrmo1.jpg

 

As the current temperature continues to stay low, I doubt there will be much development of my ants. The ones in the warm box might develop a bit more so I might update my Odontoponera and other ponerines next time.

nice colonies (y)


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#3 Offline Demoant - Posted December 31 2021 - 2:05 AM

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31st December 2021 

 

 

Cataulacus granulatus (5mm workers, 8mm queens)

 

New worker eclosed today. Meaning they now have 8 workers.

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Here are workers eating a dubia roach leg. 

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I am really glad that I could find a queen that continues to lay eggs and won't eat them.

 

 

Polyrhachis demangei (7mm workers, 9mm queens)

 

A fully blacked coloured Polyrhachis which also weave nests with their larvae's silk. Currently she has 1 pupa and 2 big larvae as well as some small larvae and eggs.

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Colobopsis sp. (2mm workers, 5mm queens)

 

These are the smallest ants in my collection. Their tube is out of water but they refused to move. I probably will try to move them again soon.

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I am waiting for that major to eclose. (the one where a worker is holding on the left)

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Colobopsis minus (4mm workers, 10mm queens)

 

"Small cork-head ant" as they are called in Chinese. The queen doesn't seem to stop laying eggs which I suppose is a good thing.

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They have this orange colour which makes them quite pretty.

 

 

 

Odontoponera denticulata (10 mm workers, 12mm queens)

 

This is the 2020 colony. A lot of larvae, no cocoons, a few alates and a queen which went through a lot of trouble because I was very inexperience.

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As you can see on the left of the queen there is a starving larva. This keeps happening and I still don't know the real reason of this.

 

 

 

This is the 2021 colony. Larvae, cocoons are present. No signs of dying larvae which is great.

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This queen had a much better start as I had the knowledge of what I actually should do.

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Ectomomyrmex astutus (10mm workers, 13mm queens)

I saw one egg from them, but they are not developing at this point.

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Ectomomyrmex sp. (5mm workers, 7mm queens)

Basically doing the same as their larger cousins which is not developing. 

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It is already the end of 2021. I wish everyone a Happy New Year and good luck on catching the ants you want!

 


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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 31 2021 - 3:57 AM

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Awesome collection!
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

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Man! I love the looks of them, they are so cute!


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 Sp. - a Queen.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queens.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

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#6 Offline Demoant - Posted January 14 2022 - 1:25 AM

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Sorry I haven't been updating. I had exams after the last update and was quite busy. Today I finally got some time for an update. Something unfortunate happened is that the small Ectomomyrmex sp. colony died. I kept the queen's and a worker's body as a specimen.

 

 

Cataulacus granulatus (1Q, 8W)

Good news and bad news of them. Bad news is I accidentally killed a worker because they were escaping. Good news is they got another new worker. That means they continue to sit at 8 workers. However I do see a pupa that has a darker colour so expecting a new worker soon.

The slightly lighter colour worker is the newest addition.

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Polyrhachis demangei (1Q, 2W)

After the last post, the first worker came out about a week later. Today another worker arrived and they now have 2 workers.

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Harpegnathos venator (Workers 14mm, Queens 16mm. 1Q, 25W)

The iconic Asian Jumping Ants. I am quite surprised that they have so much pupae even in winter. They are quickly outgrowing this nest and I will have to give them a new one very soon.Attached File  IMG_20220114_161638.jpg   334.15KB   0 downloads

 

This is peak performance for sure.

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Pseudoneoponera rufipes 2020 (1Q, 40W)

One of my oldest colonies. A few workers died recently which is sad. They are living in this plaster nest and I have to clean the gross top lid.Attached File  IMG_20220114_163014.jpg   288.69KB   0 downloads

 

This is the queen. Still distinguishable with her larger thorax is interestingly a really extended gaster.

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Colobopsis sp. (1Q, 25W)

The major finally eclosed and isn't as shy as I expected it. I thought it would stay near the queen but she is patrolling around the tube.

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Camponotus parius (8mm Workers, 13mm Queens, 1Q, 200W)

These are extremely fast moving and fast growing ants. They are black with a golden shine on them. They moved into this ytong nest I made a dew days ago.

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One of their brood chambers.

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Camponotus turkestanus (9mm Workers, 11mm Majors, 12mm Queens, 1Q, 40W)

I paid the least attention to these Camponotus and it seemed to work out for them. I didn't expect them to grow at all but they did grew quite a bit. Attached File  IMG_20220114_162637.jpg   296.19KB   0 downloads

 

They have huge majors which sometime may even beat the queen in size!

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Myrmoteras binghamii (1Q, 6W)

I was very surprised that they only have 6 workers yet have a lot of alates. Last time when I put them in the warm box, they had a die off of larvae. This time a cocoon was formed. It seems that putting them in the warm box during winter can benefit them.

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