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Aphaenogaster occidentalis (B Colony)

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#1 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted July 4 2022 - 7:47 AM

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Got two colonies of Aphaenogaster occidentalis.
One larger colony (A Colony - https://www.formicul...alis-a-colony/)and this one, B-colony had about 5 workers and small batch of eggs when I recieved.
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#2 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted July 4 2022 - 7:50 AM

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Brood is growing well, they have made themselves a nice nest they lined with peatmoss and seem to love it. Looking great. 

July 3rd 2022

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#3 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted July 6 2022 - 6:54 AM

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#4 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted July 12 2022 - 8:48 AM

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Colony is doing great. They created a great nest for themsevles by linning it with peat moss and it really holds the humidity in well. Few more workers emerged so now up to about 7 or so workers, few more pupa, few larvae and a nice pile off eggs. 

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#5 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted July 20 2022 - 11:25 PM

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They seem to be doing very well. Up to like 12-14 workers. Nice brood pile. All stages. All looking good. 

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#6 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted July 21 2022 - 6:38 AM

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Brood is growing well, they have made themselves a nice nest they lined with peatmoss and seem to love it. Looking great. 

July 3rd 2022

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it always gets me as to how aphaenogaster larvae look so strange. They always almost appear unhealthy, as my formica larvae are pure white with a black center.


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#7 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted July 21 2022 - 9:00 AM

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Yeah they can have a larger black spot on the larvae.
And the pupa stage is naked so it‚Äôs cool to see ūüėé
But I have limited experience with them.

#8 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted July 26 2022 - 9:54 AM

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I connected A and B colony and they were a little hesitant at first but then they joined forces and seem to be happier. 

Now 30+ workers strong. Only one male alate. and nice brood pile working.  I will do all future updates on the A Colony page; https://www.formicul...talis-a-colony/

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