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#1 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 2 2022 - 11:13 AM

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This will be my first antkeeping journal! The species I'm starting with are in the signature section of my profile. I can upload some pics when I get home, but just a little heads up, my camera quality will be kinda trashy. Might have to get a better cam someday...

List of ants currently keeping:

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

Lasius crypticus

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Pheidole californica

Solenopsis xyloni

Acromyrmex versicolor

 

Previously kept:
Prenolepis imparis
Myrmecocystus mimicus

Pheidole navigans

Tapinoma sessile

Linepithema humile

Camponotus us-ca02

Hypoponera cf. opacior

Tetramorium immigrans

Solenopsis molesta

Myrmecocystus depilis

Liometopum occidentale

Camponotus semitestaceus

Dorymyrmex insanus

Monomorium ergatogyna

Cardiocondyla mauritanica


Edited by bmb1bee, January 20 2023 - 11:07 PM.

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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

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#2 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 2 2022 - 11:19 AM

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I think the species I'll update the most on will be P. rugosus and T. immigrans, the M. mimicus dud is hardly worth mentioning. Any name suggestions will be gratefully appreciated!


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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

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#3 Offline DRpepper - Posted March 2 2022 - 12:22 PM

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how are your prenos doin'


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#4 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 2 2022 - 2:30 PM

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I caught them a couple weeks ago, so they haven't laid any eggs yet. I'm guessing workers will arrive sometime in May-June...


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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

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#5 Offline DRpepper - Posted March 2 2022 - 5:15 PM

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I caught them a couple weeks ago, so they haven't laid any eggs yet. I'm guessing workers will arrive sometime in May-June...

bruh they aint even active here yet... you got black morph.? what color variation you get


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#6 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 2 2022 - 8:22 PM

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2 black queens in a Hayward park, plus a lighter brown variant found near a school.
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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

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#7 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 2 2022 - 9:22 PM

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Alright, these will be my first update shots for this journal. Again, apologies for the crappy photo quality… #1: P. rugosus, #2: Prenolepis imparis, #3: Linepithema humile, #4: Tetramorium immigrans

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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

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#8 Offline DRpepper - Posted March 3 2022 - 6:27 AM

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dang those prenos look really juicy!!! did you feed them? you got some nice colonies!!!


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#9 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 3 2022 - 6:50 AM

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Alright, these will be my first update shots for this journal. Again, apologies for the crappy photo quality… #1: P. rugosus, #2: Prenolepis imparis, #3: Linepithema humile, #4: Tetramorium immigrans

awesome colonies!!! wish I had prenolepis where I live.


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#10 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 3 2022 - 6:54 AM

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Alright, these will be my first update shots for this journal. Again, apologies for the crappy photo quality… #1: P. rugosus, #2: Prenolepis imparis, #3: Linepithema humile, #4: Tetramorium immigrans

Nice colonies and queens! 


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"There are approximately 10,010,300 words in the English language, but I could never string enough words together to properly express how much I want to hit you with a chair." (Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Jefferson)

 

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#11 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 3 2022 - 10:23 AM

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Lol thanks guys!


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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

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#12 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 3 2022 - 10:24 AM

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dang those prenos look really juicy!!! did you feed them? you got some nice colonies!!!

I literally gave them nothing haha, they just kept drinking water from the cotton in their test tube until they became extremely physogastric...


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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

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#13 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 3 2022 - 10:27 AM

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The Tetras' test tube is pretty blurred up because of the remains of dry food on the glass, so I might have to transfer them to a cleaner one to get better pics.


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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

Check out my journal and shop!


#14 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 3 2022 - 10:27 AM

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dang those prenos look really juicy!!! did you feed them? you got some nice colonies!!!

I literally gave them nothing haha, they just kept drinking water from the cotton in their test tube until they became extremely physogastric...

 

The same thing happened with me when my Prenolepis queens were founding.


"There are approximately 10,010,300 words in the English language, but I could never string enough words together to properly express how much I want to hit you with a chair." (Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Jefferson)

 

This is a joke


#15 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 3 2022 - 10:32 AM

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How long do they usually get to workers? I'm guessing that at least two of them are fertile (or should be), since they're so physogastric.


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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

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#16 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 3 2022 - 10:40 AM

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How long do they usually get to workers? I'm guessing that at least two of them are fertile (or should be), since they're so physogastric.

For me it was two months to get from egg to worker. Although it is a lot colder in Canada than California so I don't know how long it will take yours to get workers.


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#17 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 3 2022 - 11:03 AM

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How long do they usually get to workers? I'm guessing that at least two of them are fertile (or should be), since they're so physogastric.

For me it was two months to get from egg to worker. Although it is a lot colder in Canada than California so I don't know how long it will take yours to get workers.

 

Interesting, I think they grow faster in colder climates since they go into diapause in warmer summer months. Some other people in CA claim they take up to 100 days to get to workers, probably since it's warmer in California than Canada...


Edited by bmb1bee, March 3 2022 - 11:35 AM.

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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

Check out my journal and shop!


#18 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 3 2022 - 11:19 AM

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Um sorry to point this out but CA stands for Canada and California.I also wonder if Prenolepis imparis brood develops faster in the cold.


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#19 Offline bmb1bee - Posted March 3 2022 - 11:34 AM

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Um sorry to point this out but CA stands for Canada and California. Also I also wonder if Prenolepis imparis brood develops faster in the cold.

LOL sorry, I'll edit it.


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Wishlist ants I hope to get someday:

     - Camponotus yogi

     - Formica subpolita

     - Novomessor cockerelli

     - Pheidole hyatti / desertorum / vistana (aka any of the big ones)

     - Lasius sp. (parasitic)

     - Strumigenys membranifera

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

Check out my journal and shop!


#20 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 3 2022 - 11:41 AM

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Um sorry to point this out but CA stands for Canada and California. Also I also wonder if Prenolepis imparis brood develops faster in the cold.

LOL sorry, I'll edit it.

 

Its completely fine. I am weird and like to point things out.


Edited by ColAnt735, March 3 2022 - 11:42 AM.

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"There are approximately 10,010,300 words in the English language, but I could never string enough words together to properly express how much I want to hit you with a chair." (Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Jefferson)

 

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