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Odontomachus awkward behavior

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#1 Offline FloridaAnts - Posted June 22 2022 - 7:39 PM


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So, today, I finally remember to post this.

So first, I would like to start out, is it me or do Odontomachus nests have a distinct smell. All my Odontomachus colonies I have kept, have had this weird stench after a day, but not matter how clean the outworld was, you could smell their nest. I almost wonder if this is their pheromones or nest scent, but whatever the case, I can’t smell it in wild colonies(Although I haven’t gotten real close because I would look like I was drunk if a guy just started smelling the ground)

Also, I would like to mention what seems like a joint partnership between Odontomachus species, and Pheidole megacephala. I sprinkled rice near their nest, impediment Pheidole find the rice, send majors to quickly bring some back. Then, the ants scatter and Odontomachus comes, and takes all the rice…

Also, I have noticed whenever I cause raids on a nearby termite colony, Odontomachus will send out 10-20 workers, and pheidole will charge into the tunnels- both at the same time, ignoring each other. Not only this, but I have dug into Odontomachus founding chambers to come across what? A P. Megacephala queen, and alive?

Now that just seems like maybe it’s they are smaller and avoid Odontomachus, but no. They seem to be attracted towards them. A P. Megacephala colony of mine I found one day, missing half its brood and the queen… I set the tube down and was like “Oh shoot, might as well let them join the colony. I checked in all moist dirt and all, no ants. No dead colonies. No, they moved in with my small Odontomachus colony, but in the water reservoir…. The nest was 3 ft away… they had a queen with 2 full legs… They could have moved into some dirt, or even the water sponge in an acrylic nest, but no, they had to go live with the Odontomachus colony. Couldn’t have stayed put, or moved in with the colony next to them who also could get out, they had to go the extra 3 feet to be with their beloved Odontomachus. I left them their thinking the Odontomachus we’re going to die in battle, but no, they coexisted. The Odos later moved into a new nest due to the fact I couldn’t water them with their smaller friends inside… and the P. Megacephala colony even got to eat their leftovers…

I bring this up now due to the fact I continue to find Odontomachus coexisting with Pheidole, and when you remove one of two competing Odontomachus colonies, the middle man, or I should say the middle child, thrives by now getting to raid the disturbed dirt of any creatures left, and it allows more termites for them instead of having to share with two mature colonies.
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