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#41 Offline Rstheant - Posted December 20 2018 - 3:50 PM

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What is your sugar water mixture? (If I may ask.... unless it’s a secret drew recipe)...:)

#42 Offline NickAnter - Posted January 1 2019 - 11:04 AM

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  Drew, did you find Myrmeocystus at the same time you found Novomessor when you went to Goffs after the rainstorm? I am also curious about your sugar to water ratio.


Hi there! I went on a 6 month or so hiatus, in part due, and in part cause of the death of my colonies. 

However, I went back to the Sierras, and restarted my collection, which is now as follows:

Aphaenogaster uinta, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus modoc, Formica cf. aserva, Formica cf. micropthalma, Formica cf. manni, Formica subpolita, Formica cf. subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Manica invidia, Pogonomyrmex salinus, Pogonomyrmex sp. 1, Solenopsis validiuscula, & Solenopsis sp. 3 (new Sierra variant). 


#43 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 22 2019 - 7:13 AM

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Update 1-22-2019
 
One colony died, leaving me with just three left. All three have over 20 workers, with the largest having close to 30. One of the remaining colonies is the one that I combined. Amazingly, that queen is still producing.
 
After cleaning out the prototype formicarium that used to house my Veromessor pergandei colony, I moved the largest one of these into it.
 
I just set their starter formicarium in the out world and removed the lids.
 
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It should dry out fairly quickly, forcing the colony to move in.

#44 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 22 2019 - 4:07 PM

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Update 1-22-2019

 

I just got home from work, and found the colony all moved in. That was quick.



#45 Offline nurbs - Posted January 22 2019 - 4:30 PM

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Stop killing your ants.

 

Update 1-22-2019

 

One colony died, leaving me with just three left. All three have over 20 workers, with the largest having close to 30. One of the remaining colonies is the one that I combined. Amazingly, that queen is still producing.

 


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#46 Offline Rstheant - Posted January 22 2019 - 4:35 PM

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Stop killing your ants.
 

Update 1-22-2019
 
One colony died, leaving me with just three left. All three have over 20 workers, with the largest having close to 30. One of the remaining colonies is the one that I combined. Amazingly, that queen is still producing.


Agreed.

#47 Offline Wa.Va - Posted January 23 2019 - 5:33 AM

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I think u have the highest rate of killing colonies...;)

#48 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted January 23 2019 - 8:18 AM

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I think u have the highest rate of killing colonies...;)


I doubt it. With the number of colonies Drew has, combined with the fact that he journals every single one, there are bound to be some deaths, which doesn't make his death rate any higher.
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#49 Offline Wa.Va - Posted January 24 2019 - 1:13 AM

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I think u have the highest rate of killing colonies...;)

I doubt it. With the number of colonies Drew has, combined with the fact that he journals every single one, there are bound to be some deaths, which doesn't make his death rate any higher.

Did not think like this. I still have the wrong image of seeing them catching ants, and killing them couple of days later dx i apologize for this.
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#50 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 24 2019 - 5:58 AM

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I have up to around 400 colonies of ants every year at some point. I also keep journals on every species I have, and have kept about 84 different species over my seven years keeping ants. Lastly, almost every colony that dies I write about publicly.


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#51 Offline FSTP - Posted January 24 2019 - 7:11 AM

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Drew is certainly no begainair.


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#52 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 24 2019 - 8:55 AM

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Drew is certainly no begainair.

 

:lol:


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#53 Offline Rstheant - Posted January 24 2019 - 3:28 PM

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Drew is certainly no begainair.

 
:lol:

Agreed

#54 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 14 2019 - 3:00 PM

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Nice tape holders.... :lol:

#55 Offline B_rad0806 - Posted March 14 2019 - 3:27 PM

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Wonder how good that one colony that you sold is doing? :thinking:


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#56 Offline Silq - Posted September 28 2019 - 8:41 AM

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I have up to around 400 colonies of ants every year at some point. I also keep journals on every species I have, and have kept about 84 different species over my seven years keeping ants. Lastly, almost every colony that dies I write about publicly.

When my wife says I have a lot of colonies (20ish), I'll saw Drew has one for every day of the year.


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#57 Offline Broncos - Posted December 22 2019 - 9:42 PM

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Hey drew, just a curious question, why don't you house these in a dirt box formicarium. (Same for Camponotus)


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#58 Offline JenC - Posted December 22 2019 - 11:43 PM

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Hey drew, just a curious question, why don't you house these in a dirt box formicarium. (Same for Camponotus)


Camponotus nest in wood. How would that work?
Current Colonies:
1x Camponotus Vicinus (3 Workers)

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3x Camponotus Clarithorax
4x Camponotus Maritimus
5x Camponotus Ca02
7x Camponotus Sansabeanus
1x Myrmecocustus Testaceus
3x Prenolepis Imparis

#59 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 23 2019 - 2:47 AM

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Hey drew, just a curious question, why don't you house these in a dirt box formicarium. (Same for Camponotus)


Camponotus nest in wood. How would that work?

 

 

Not all Camponotus nest in wood.



#60 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 23 2019 - 2:49 AM

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Hey drew, just a curious question, why don't you house these in a dirt box formicarium. (Same for Camponotus)

 

They don't seem to want to dig a lot of the time.







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