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ZTY’s Veromessor stoddardi Journal


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#1 Offline ZTYguy - Posted June 9 2022 - 9:14 PM

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Recently I have come across a nuptial flight of Veromessor stoddardi. This is in my opinion, quite a rare species of Veromessor in California. I have caught in total 8 queens and I hope to catch more. I will only be keeping 1 out of the total 8 as I have been sending them out to friends and fellow anters. My hopes is that these people will come forward with journals of their own. Anyways these queens are quite gorgeous with a dark maroon head with a black thorax, while the gaster tends to vary to each queen with slightly more red or black mixed in. This is a relatively smaller species being slightly smaller then andrei In terms. I am unsure of habitat specifics as I have not found a nest yet but I have commonly found queens in areas covered by dried up hay and shrubbery.

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A. versicolor, C. vicinus, C. us-ca02, C. clarithorax, C. yogi, C. sansabeanus, C. semitestaceus, C. laevigatus, M. mimicus, M. mexicanus, M. navajo, M. placodops 01, M. placodops 02, M. mendax, P. californicus, P. subniditus, P. rugosus, V. andrei, V. pergandei, V. stoddardi,  N. cockerelli, P. hyatti, P. desertorum, P. cerebrosior, P. californica, D. bicolor, C. sp cf6, C. sp na, S. “molesta”

 

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#2 Offline DaAnt - Posted June 10 2022 - 10:38 AM

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Where did you find them? Also what seeds are you feeding them?


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#3 Offline ZTYguy - Posted June 10 2022 - 11:58 AM

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Where did you find them? Also what seeds are you feeding them?

I found them in a Location Called the Oat Mountain, but the exact location is private property (which I have gotten permission to collect ants on). I find them on the fence line though and the trails surrounding the property are right next to the area of which I have found them. 
 

To answer your second question, I will be using a mix of Kentucky Blue Grass and Poppy Seeds.


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Currently Keeping:
A. versicolor, C. vicinus, C. us-ca02, C. clarithorax, C. yogi, C. sansabeanus, C. semitestaceus, C. laevigatus, M. mimicus, M. mexicanus, M. navajo, M. placodops 01, M. placodops 02, M. mendax, P. californicus, P. subniditus, P. rugosus, V. andrei, V. pergandei, V. stoddardi,  N. cockerelli, P. hyatti, P. desertorum, P. cerebrosior, P. californica, D. bicolor, C. sp cf6, C. sp na, S. “molesta”

 

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#4 Offline ZTYguy - Posted June 11 2022 - 8:52 AM

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Update 6/10/2022

Found another queen at 9:00. I am starting to find queens of this species consistently at 9:00-9:30pm. I have still not located a nest entrance yet as that will take some snooping of the area. This species is described as being solitary foragers (lack of foraging trails) and are crepuscular.
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Currently Keeping:
A. versicolor, C. vicinus, C. us-ca02, C. clarithorax, C. yogi, C. sansabeanus, C. semitestaceus, C. laevigatus, M. mimicus, M. mexicanus, M. navajo, M. placodops 01, M. placodops 02, M. mendax, P. californicus, P. subniditus, P. rugosus, V. andrei, V. pergandei, V. stoddardi,  N. cockerelli, P. hyatti, P. desertorum, P. cerebrosior, P. californica, D. bicolor, C. sp cf6, C. sp na, S. “molesta”

 

GO CHECK OUT ANTSEMPORIUM HERE: https://antsemporium.com/


#5 Offline ZTYguy - Posted June 12 2022 - 9:36 AM

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Update 6/12/2022

 

All but 2 queens have eggs. They are being put in the incubator due to more space opening up. 


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A. versicolor, C. vicinus, C. us-ca02, C. clarithorax, C. yogi, C. sansabeanus, C. semitestaceus, C. laevigatus, M. mimicus, M. mexicanus, M. navajo, M. placodops 01, M. placodops 02, M. mendax, P. californicus, P. subniditus, P. rugosus, V. andrei, V. pergandei, V. stoddardi,  N. cockerelli, P. hyatti, P. desertorum, P. cerebrosior, P. californica, D. bicolor, C. sp cf6, C. sp na, S. “molesta”

 

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#6 Offline DaAnt - Posted June 12 2022 - 11:47 AM

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Where did you find them? Also what seeds are you feeding them?

I found them in a Location Called the Oat Mountain, but the exact location is private property (which I have gotten permission to collect ants on). I find them on the fence line though and the trails surrounding the property are right next to the area of which I have found them. 
 

To answer your second question, I will be using a mix of Kentucky Blue Grass and Poppy Seeds.

 

Okay, thank you.



#7 Offline ZTYguy - Posted June 27 2022 - 7:23 PM

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Update 6/27/2022

 

Both queens have larvae, one of which is way farther along but I will sadly be giving up one of the queens. While in shipping one stoddardi queen died (this being a queen I was sending to a friend) so I am going to give them one of the queens. I feel fine with doing this as to get to the spot it is only a 10 to 15 minute drive so I’m not worried. Again if anyone would like to be put on the waiting list for them please DM me. 


Edited by ZTYguy, June 27 2022 - 7:23 PM.

Ant Keeping Since June 2018
Currently Keeping:
A. versicolor, C. vicinus, C. us-ca02, C. clarithorax, C. yogi, C. sansabeanus, C. semitestaceus, C. laevigatus, M. mimicus, M. mexicanus, M. navajo, M. placodops 01, M. placodops 02, M. mendax, P. californicus, P. subniditus, P. rugosus, V. andrei, V. pergandei, V. stoddardi,  N. cockerelli, P. hyatti, P. desertorum, P. cerebrosior, P. californica, D. bicolor, C. sp cf6, C. sp na, S. “molesta”

 

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#8 Offline ZTYguy - Posted August 8 2022 - 1:14 PM

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8/8/2022

 

As of now the remaining colony I have is sitting at around 10-15 workers with a hefty amount of brood. These have been pretty easy-keepers as they do sustain themselves extremely well off of purely seeds. As of now they are on a diet of blue grass seeds and the occasional mealworm here and there. They like heat but they do not need to be “baked” as my colony is sitting on a foam pad on my floor. I will say my floor is exceptionally hot for a floor but they are in general a really cool and easy to keep species. 


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Currently Keeping:
A. versicolor, C. vicinus, C. us-ca02, C. clarithorax, C. yogi, C. sansabeanus, C. semitestaceus, C. laevigatus, M. mimicus, M. mexicanus, M. navajo, M. placodops 01, M. placodops 02, M. mendax, P. californicus, P. subniditus, P. rugosus, V. andrei, V. pergandei, V. stoddardi,  N. cockerelli, P. hyatti, P. desertorum, P. cerebrosior, P. californica, D. bicolor, C. sp cf6, C. sp na, S. “molesta”

 

GO CHECK OUT ANTSEMPORIUM HERE: https://antsemporium.com/





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