^ Yeah, sorry, I lied.
Anyway, the Pheidole have been doing really well, I finally managed to detach the AntsCanada test tube portal that I used as their outworld. (When I got into antkeeping I was obsessed with AntsCanada... )
But the reason I had the courage to detach it is because they were escaping out of it. The test tube portal might be useful to get a few tubes into the same place, but mark my words, do NOT use the thing as an outworld. Vinyl tubing doesn't connect to it properly, it's tiny and ants will escape left right and centre whenever you open it. I know it's only supposed to be used as an outworld for founding colonies, but since vinyl tubes don't attach properly they'll be stuck in there, therefore preventing you from feeding them as much, which slows their growth rate, and it's just a vicious cycle.
But as you've heard they EXPLODED when I moved them into the THA nest. A big outworld is key.
The Brachyponera lutea have also been doing quite well the queen lives in the water test tube they have now. She laid some new eggs and they're at around 8 workers. They did something really strange though, they made wick-like thing leading from their liquid feeder into their satellite nest in the sand, and when I got home there was no sugar-water in there. Interesting.
And some great news, Opisthopsis have 4 workers now!!!
This is kinda a huge deal, I can confirm they take crickets now but just don't explore their outworld as much. Their setup is an Aus Ants acrylic nest in a little 'terrarium', I fish bowl with some dead plants, dirt, and rocks in it. The original plan was to have them move into the dirt because I thought a more natural environment would encourage them to be less fussy or something. And guess what they did? Stayed in their nest for days on end, and didn't eat anything. I tried nuts, mealworms, egg, termites, but nothing. And one day I gave them a cricket, that stayed in there for the nest couple of days, and then I checked on them and it was gone! I was so happy! I think they also have a pupa and some larvae as well now which is great.
Aw, just checked on them again, looks like they got up to 5 workers and lost one.
Here's some photos, very low quality and taken on my computer...
Brachyponera in the tube (not all workers are there)
Brachyponera in the outworld, the holes are nest entrances.
100+ workers, just counted!
Opsithopsis (you can see the dead worker
) (also there are 4, just hard to see)
This was a big update, thanks for reading!
Edited by Leptomyrmx, March 11 2022 - 5:04 PM.
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
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