I am separating my Aphaenogaster from my main journal here
My Aphaenogaster treatae will not be updated here. That journal is linked here
Aphaeogaster is my favorite native genus. A. rudis was my first "real" colony and I really enjoyed keeping them. I've only kept 7 out of the 12 species in Virginia: Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster picea, Aphaenogaster N22b, Aphaenogaster fulva, Aphaenogaster lamellidens, Aphaenogaster treatae, and Aphaenogaster tennesseensis. This journal will document my experiences with Aphaenogaster lamellidens, Aphaenogaster tennesseensis, and Aphaenogaster picea.
I bought this colony from another antkeeper in mid-July. The colony originally had 6 workers but has grown a lot since then.
July 21, 2022
I boosted this colony with A. fulva brood in mid-August.
August 30, 2022
September 21, 2022
As of 11/3/22, this colony is around 70 workers.
I bought a colony from Tbone in early July. They were at around 40 workers and I boosted the colony on 7/10/22 with A. fulva brood.