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That_one_ant_guy's Rare Aphaenogaster megommata Updated 10/2/2022


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#1 Online That_one_ant_guy - Posted August 27 2022 - 11:07 AM

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A couple weeks ago I found this girl in the Mojave desert at around 10 pm , at first I thought it was some sort of Pheidole, but boy was I wrong. It was actually a Aphenogastor megommata. This sp. is rare and hard to find since they are 99% nocturnal, so I was pretty amazed that I was able to stumble across one. I tried to do some research but didn't find much, just a post from Nurbs, so I might have a lot of trial and error. :lol: But here she is!
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She has a couple of eggs, and she is gorgeoooouuuus <3 I'll update about every 3 days since she doesnt seem to dislike the light too much.

Edited by That_one_ant_guy, October 2 2022 - 12:55 PM.

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#2 Online FinWins - Posted August 27 2022 - 11:25 AM

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Cool, this should be important because there isn’t a ton of people who keep western aphenogaster. :D  :yahoo:


I keep: Acromyrmex versicolor :D, Brachymyrmex sp., Cremagaster sp., C. modoc, C. sansabeanus, C. clarithorax, C. maritimus, Formica argentea, L. occidental, M. mexicanus, Odontomachus brunneus :D, Pheidole sp., Pogonomyrmex californicus, Pogonomyrmex rugosus, S. xyloni, 

I’m looking for: Stigmatomma sp., Pseudomyrmex apache or gracilis, PM me if your selling these in the US


#3 Online That_one_ant_guy - Posted August 30 2022 - 6:04 PM

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This queen is doing great, she has all her eggs in a neat little pile and I count 8* eggs now :)Attached File  20220830_163542.jpg   152.01KB   12 downloads Random queen pic Attached File  20220830_163554.jpg   141.05KB   11 downloads I feel like the queen should have a name I was thinking of Onyx from wings of fire, any other suggestions?

Edited by That_one_ant_guy, August 31 2022 - 2:10 PM.

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#4 Offline bmb1bee - Posted August 30 2022 - 6:19 PM

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Onyx is the perfect name for her! (I read WoF too, it's a pretty good series :lol: ) This is probably by far the prettiest Californian ant queen I have ever seen. She almost looks like she's made of ivory, with some tiny embedded pieces of onyx...


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Wishlist ants I hope to get next year:

     - Formica sp.

     - Novomessor sp.

     - Strumigenys sp.

     - Veromessor sp.

     - Stigmatomma pallipes

 

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#5 Offline NicholasP - Posted August 31 2022 - 7:55 AM

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This queen is doing great, she has all her eggs in a neat little pile and I count 7 eggs now :)attachicon.gif20220830_163542.jpg Random queen pic attachicon.gif20220830_163554.jpg I feel like the queen should have a name I was thinking of Onyx from wings of fire, any other suggestions?

She's so beautiful I'm so jealous.


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#6 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted August 31 2022 - 11:15 AM

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I can't wait to see how this colony grows, the queen is so pretty! 


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Currently kept species

L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, P. imparis.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

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Myrmecocystus kennedyi, Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus semirufus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole californica, Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Solenopsis molesta, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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#7 Online ZTYguy - Posted August 31 2022 - 2:51 PM

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Sure does look like a fragilis and Novomessor hybrid. So funky lookin and so cool.


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#8 Online That_one_ant_guy - Posted September 4 2022 - 8:47 PM

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Couldn't update yesterday, was at a freinds house. But she doing pretty good, she almost has larvae (I'll post pics tomorrow too tired today)

#9 Online That_one_ant_guy - Posted September 5 2022 - 3:16 PM

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I guess yesterday I didn't check on her very good, because I checked up on her today and she has LARVAEEEE!! :yahoo: (sorry for bad pic she hid the larave in the torn up cotton)
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#10 Offline lazyant - Posted September 5 2022 - 8:10 PM

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Nice! Never have seen an Aphaenogaster before in the wild!


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#11 Online ZTYguy - Posted September 5 2022 - 10:34 PM

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Question, are you heating it in any way. Incubator, heat cable? She could definitely benefit from that. Double her current first gen.


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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”

 

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


#12 Online That_one_ant_guy - Posted September 6 2022 - 6:03 AM

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Question, are you heating it in any way. Incubator, heat cable? She could definitely benefit from that. Double her current first gen.

Yes I have her on a heating pad at around 85-86, you can't really tell but she has 5 larvae, she hid two in one space and three in another.

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#13 Online That_one_ant_guy - Posted September 9 2022 - 5:43 PM

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Updateeee timeee! Not much to update, just that the larvae got a bit bigger. Still wasn't able to get good brood pics, wish I put a sponge on there instead of cotton lol...

#14 Offline Lamarr - Posted September 12 2022 - 11:34 PM

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Great color on this species!



#15 Online That_one_ant_guy - Posted September 18 2022 - 1:56 PM

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So slight mishap. Queen Onyx's water turned pink, no idea why it just did and it made her brood shrivel up and die. So I had to transport her into a new test tube. This time with a sponge. I also gave her some by formica nector. Hopefully she can recover... Attached File  20220918_141716.jpg   137.29KB   5 downloadsAttached File  20220918_141729.jpg   143.33KB   5 downloads

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#16 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted September 19 2022 - 12:27 PM

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I would take a record of where you found her. Perhaps you can them again next year

#17 Online That_one_ant_guy - Posted September 19 2022 - 12:51 PM

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I would take a record of where you found her. Perhaps you can them again next year

yep already did
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#18 Offline antsriondel - Posted September 19 2022 - 6:23 PM

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Wow! Hopefully she can recover. ( I am a Wof fan as well  (y))



#19 Online That_one_ant_guy - Posted September 22 2022 - 3:47 PM

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Hey, so I moved her to a new setup, kudos to zeisis, Attached File  20220922_162658.jpg   285.19KB   4 downloads

basically Onyx is in a installated box with super soft foam at the bottom, and I made a hole in the lid so that I can put the heating cable in there, but it's only gonna hang out at the top to act like a space heater. The box stays at around 84-86. And I guess Zeisis's idea works, because now Onyx has 3 eggies :yahoo: Attached File  20220922_163028~2.jpg   96.64KB   4 downloads 

Also I think I just photographed the best pic of Onyx so far :) Attached File  20220922_163150~2.jpg   82.79KB   4 downloads 

What do yall think?


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#20 Online AntsCali098 - Posted September 22 2022 - 6:08 PM

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Hope she gets workers soon!
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