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Leptomyrmx's Ant Journal

#iridomyrmex meat ant brachyponera opisthopsis podomyrma crematogaster aphaenogaster pheidole camponotus

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#61 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted June 12 2022 - 1:27 AM

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I'm back from my FNQ trip. I wasn't expecting to find anything because it's winter but I found a Polyrhachis (Cyrtomyrma) sp., I think it's Polyrhachis robinsoni. So, basically Polyrhachis australis. Let's hope she does better than my last Cyrtomyrma queen.


My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


#62 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted June 12 2022 - 8:51 PM

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New video on my Podomyrma out now:

Muscleman Tree Ants Episode 1 - First on YouTube!

And yeah, I'm the first person to document a captive colony on YouTube.

I fed the Crematogaster and Podomyrma honey which they both liked. I'll be giving them some protein soon.

I also moved the Polyrhachis cf. robinsoni queen into a petri-dish type setup with some substrate they often make their nests out of. It's made up of coco fibre, sand, dried leaves and normal leaves.


Edited by Leptomyrmx, June 12 2022 - 10:12 PM.

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My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


#63 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 13 2022 - 6:41 AM

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Need more cowbell/ Crematogaster content.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#64 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted June 13 2022 - 10:13 PM

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Ok sure, quick Crematogaster update:

I'm trying to move them into an AntKeep Small nest, but... well... they don't want to-

should I... tip them?

I also gave them some honey and they already have some protein in their tube (I can't get it out, it's at the very back of the tube).

And yes, a video is scheduled for next week about them.


My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


#65 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted June 18 2022 - 3:21 PM

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Ok guys, got some bad news on the Crematogaster unfortunately...

A few workers got out, so I put them in a tubs and tubes setup, but somehow there was a spider in there, which killed one of the workers :(

I'm putting them in a different outworld now.

In good news, I have a new video on them out now: Crematogaster Episode 1 - Kool Kid Antz

(Note: if you're following my journal just for the Crematogaster content, that's completely fine! I just think it's funny how many people followed for them.)


My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


#66 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 18 2022 - 4:25 PM

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Yeah, they’re kind of the reason I checked. If they aren’t escaping, then they aren’t Crematogaster.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#67 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted June 21 2022 - 11:39 PM

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Crematogaster just gave me a heart attack... I checked on them and they weren't in their test tube... they had moved into the sand. Thank goodness.


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My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


#68 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted June 22 2022 - 5:25 AM

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Crematogaster just gave me a heart attack... I checked on them and they weren't in their test tube... they had moved into the sand. Thank goodness.

 

Your troubles have only just begun.  ;)


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Keeping ants since 2020 

I keep:

Myrmicinae: Solenopsis molesta( 2 queens). Tetramorium immigrans ( 3 colonies with the biggest nearing 800 workers!),

Crematogaster cerasi  :yahoo:  ( 1 colony with a worker). Temnothorax  curvispinosus ( 1 queen with colony of 2 workers).

Formicinae: Prenolepis imparis ( 2 single queen colonies). Lasius brevicornis  :yahoo:( 19 founding queens) haven't seen many journals of them. Lasius Neoniger (a founding queen).Formica incerta( 1 colony with 22 workers)

 

Previously kept: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   ( 1 colony with 9 workers). 

 

As you can tell I like ants


#69 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 22 2022 - 8:09 AM

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Read my journal through and learn from my mistakes.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#70 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted June 22 2022 - 10:07 PM

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I guess when you all said Crematogaster were fun, you mean rollercoaster fun...


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My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


#71 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted June 24 2022 - 3:56 PM

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Ok, Crematogaster update:

It's finally the school holidays for me, so I can relax and spend more time on ant stuff.

The first thing I did was move the Crematogasters into a more secure nest and outworld. I was very worried about them in their little hole, and the good news is, they're alive. The bad news is, they've about a quatre of their workers. I think I let the humidity get too high, so their new outworld is well ventilated.

I hope they'll be ok.

 

All the other colonies aren't doing much since it's getting colder here.


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My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


#72 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted July 22 2022 - 12:13 AM

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Podomyrma update:

A new worker eclosed! The bad news is she didn't eclose particularly well and has a little trouble walking. I saw her cleaning brood though so at least she can do that.

 

No other updates due to the cold weather.


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My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


#73 Offline FinWins - Posted July 22 2022 - 8:45 AM

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Podomyrma update:
A new worker eclosed! The bad news is she didn't eclose particularly well and has a little trouble walking. I saw her cleaning brood though so at least she can do that.
 
No other updates due to the cold weather.

So one of my Pogonomyrmex rugosus workers enclosed poorly and it could hardly walk. It looked like it was go to die but when I checked on it later its exoskeleton had hardened up and it was running around like the other worker (small colony).
I keep:
Camponotus modoc (colony)
Camponotus sansabeanus (queen)
Pogonomyrmex rugosus (colony)
Pogonomyrmex californicus 2x(2 queen poly)
Pogonomyrmex magnacanthus 2x(queen)
My Pogonomyrmex rugosus journal: https://www.formicul...us/#entry215040
I’m looking for: (Stigmatomma sp.), (Pseudomyrmex sp.), (Odontomachus sp.), (Myrmecocystus mexicanus or mendex), (Formica sp.), (Polyergus sp.)

#74 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted July 22 2022 - 4:25 PM

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Podomyrma update:
A new worker eclosed! The bad news is she didn't eclose particularly well and has a little trouble walking. I saw her cleaning brood though so at least she can do that.
 
No other updates due to the cold weather.

So one of my Pogonomyrmex rugosus workers enclosed poorly and it could hardly walk. It looked like it was go to die but when I checked on it later its exoskeleton had hardened up and it was running around like the other worker (small colony).

 

 

And that's exactly what's happened! She can walk fine now.


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My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


#75 Offline Leptomyrmx - Posted August 5 2022 - 5:26 PM

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Very sad news. The Crematogaster queen passed away.  :*(

The high humidity in their old setup really weakened them and they weren't really eating, and the very cold weather didn't help either.

I feel really bad because I could have prevented it. :(


My Ants:

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

Youtube Channel: Ants of Sydney - YouTube

Patreon (for YouTube channel): https://www.patreon.com/antsofsydney


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Nooooooooooooooooo
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.





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