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Ant timelapse: how can I record how the larva becomes a pupae?


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#1 Offline futurebird - Posted May 7 2022 - 8:46 AM

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I've been trying to get a timelapse of a Pogonomyrmex larvae becoming a pupae. They are ideal since they don't have cocoons. 

I was hoping to film it happening in the nest, but as you can see the ants move the brood too often. 

 

So my next idea is to steal a larva (one of the ones that has clearly started to change and isn't eating) and set it up to be filmed without any ants around... but I suspect without attention it might just die.

 

Have any of you tried filming this? How did you do it?


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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 7 2022 - 1:24 PM

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Maybe put one larva and two or three workers in a test tube to film? The workers would care for the larva.
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#3 Offline futurebird - Posted May 13 2022 - 4:44 PM

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These girls are timelapse film stars. I really need to do a journal for this colony. 

 

 


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