Hello fellow ant keepers, enthusiast and you more scientific Connaisseurs !
Here id just like to share all my kept ants, without specifically keeping up on a journal. More about sharing ideas and questions !
Starting with my endemic species !
Formica Sanguinea, the raider formica i got as a queen with couple of slaves to whom i gave dozens of cocoons she gladly took in and already raised her own biological workers
Yup they where spring brood so couple of males and queens came out...
Formica Rufa, my all favorite wood ant (as specified in my personal presentation this species is widely protected in Europe, but weirdly enough not in my region) she got introduced by my care to a small serviformica group with pupae, after soem quick rough fight she got accepted and started lying eggs. Tho because of the red filter i never got see the bio workers of Rufa yet, as they tend to use slaves for foraging the first year. They are in Hibernation as for now so i hope to share more about them next year ! i did want here to feel in a established colony there for the numerous pupae and slave workers available to her foundation.
Same slave ants from my garden then for Sanguinea so same trouble with elate pupae
Formica SP Shiny black in 3 polygynous foundation, i had about 12 setups and they lasted up to only 3 now also in hibernations
Now some more southern Camponotus ants
Camponotus Aethiops and Cruentatus
My Cruentatus has been in trouble for one and a half year now, not lying eggs. I might have missed one hibernation wich i won't surpass this year.
The Aethiops has 3 workers and is also into hibernation right now.
My Solenopsis Fugax, the smallest species i have ever kept. I am not very into tiny ants but the foundation phase is for me the most interesting so when i found one drowned in a water bowl outside got her in and found her moving i couldn't help myself but trying to give her a chance AND it worked she won't be hibernating this year, as it appears she won't need one in her first founding stage. The fact that she prefers to make her own founding chamber felt interesting enough to give it a shot, two workers for now and much more Incoming !
Now to my "Exotics" not much for most of you people !
My young M.Mexicanus colony now living and a substrate natural setup and having great foraging life and ongoing digging ! not much to say about them other then that i can try out different feeding experiences. Half a dozen epmty cocoons have been scattered since they dug them self up.
Here they are, after i recovered my queen from a big mistake of mine.. unless her sperm got fried she is fine and alive
I also have a Mexicanus queen in a yellow color which seems to be infertile, she will be exchanged by the seller next week for one with larvae, she will get some special attention to !
The last honey pots i have ar M. Placodops, they also had a rough start being my first honey pot ants i didn't know much about their care and lost the first generation (due to heating problems i suppose) but for now all seems to go slow but fine. Having one large "media" pupae, couple of larvae a small egg pack and 4 workers.
I am Looking forward on acquiring some Myrmecocystus Mendax if you have any suggestion to give me
The next on my list is the most "sensitive" my Myrmecia Nigriscapa, damn her and her emotions she won't lay eggs anymore having consumed her brood on arrival. She now went on a forced hibernation at 15C for 2 months, which i hope will rest her for that time and giving her the push when the heat comes back to lay.
Her one meter sight is no joke, the day i got her i wanted to maintain heat and watch her closely without disturbing, but all she did was looking at me from one and a half meter away before i put her in the dark.
The next exotic is and Ausie as well, the meat ants ! Irdomyrmex Purpereus, hasty tough and agressive one they are. They now have grown fast and are takign in any insects i throw in, I'm sure at some point i will give them some dinner meat rests and they will chew it to the bones.
For my the next ant it is a Camponotus fedschenkoi, i just love the yellow pale colors they have and also the fact that they live in arid conditions. They have grown well and are now in a small THA nest.
Here in comparison with a Mexicanus queen in the background
The last one to speak of would be my last bought queen, my Messor Cephalotes. I started with a Barbarus 15 years ago kept them for 3 years. Learning that they where bigger and more colored version of them made me dream about them and this year i got my hand on them, for now they don't leave they founding tube even tho one small cockroach disappeared once dropped in the tub.
I have several THA nests ready for everyone of them once needed, i don't feel like settling them in before they crave for it. Only one of my honey pots will settle in a mini hearth next year, wich one i can't say yet.
Thanks for reading and leave me any question you feel for asking i would gladly respond !