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Liometopum occidentale

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#1 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted July 26 2022 - 9:49 AM

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Found a queen Liometopum occidentale that I put in a test tube last week and she laid about 50 eggs so far. Big first brood which is common for this species.

Solid start, Now we let her sit for weeks.... Cheers Queen  B)

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#2 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted July 28 2022 - 4:38 PM

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Got a cool macro of the eggs, nice batch! 

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#3 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted August 2 2022 - 12:50 PM

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She is doing great. Multiple stages of Larvae and lots of fresh eggs. All good things! 

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#4 Offline antsriondel - Posted August 2 2022 - 5:01 PM

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Nice! Liometopum grows really fast so have fun watching them before they turn into a multi-hundred worker, food machine colony while you can!  (y)


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#5 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted August 2 2022 - 11:26 PM

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Nice! Liometopum grows really fast so have fun watching them before they turn into a multi-hundred worker, food machine colony while you can! (y)


Looking forward to it! 🐜🐜🐜😎🍻
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#6 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted August 5 2022 - 6:31 PM

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Growing quick, first couple pupa have formed (cocoon-less) 

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#7 Offline PurdueEntomology - Posted August 6 2022 - 9:34 AM

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I have a colony of Liometopum luctuosum with 10 queens.  A very aggressive ant species that easily chews through materials such as screening.  



#8 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted August 6 2022 - 1:23 PM

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I have a colony of Liometopum luctuosum with 10 queens.  A very aggressive ant species that easily chews through materials such as screening.  

 

Nice that is cool  B) They are an easy and quick growing species from what I have seen and researched. 

They grow quick and lots of colonies around my mom's house so I frequently find the queens. 

10 queens is a little excessive for a captive colony IMO. Especially with how fast this species grows, but still cool! 

You got a topic with your colony? Would be curious to see. 


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#9 Offline antsriondel - Posted August 6 2022 - 3:23 PM

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I have a colony of Liometopum luctuosum with 10 queens.  A very aggressive ant species that easily chews through materials such as screening.  

liometopum luctuosum are polyginous?



#10 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted August 8 2022 - 9:36 AM

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I believe they are highly Poly. Accepting workers and brrods of different colonies found great distances apart. 


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#11 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted August 8 2022 - 9:37 AM

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Brood pile developing fast with the high temps. 

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#12 Offline antsriondel - Posted August 9 2022 - 11:45 AM

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Looking good!  (y)



#13 Offline westhollywoodant - Posted August 9 2022 - 3:14 PM

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Unfortunately, this queen passed away. I suspect she she got some honey on her legs and that made her stick together and lead to compications.

But I am just speculating. Sad all the same!  (n)

I will see if anyone has a queen or small colony for sale and try again. 







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