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UA's Harvester Journal - 2 species of Pogonomyrmex [Discontinued 10/2/23]

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#21 Offline UtahAnts - Posted July 4 2023 - 9:04 PM

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Pogonomyrmex occidentalis - Western Harvester Ants

 
400 workers. They had a bit of a die off from dehydration on my part, however they are quickly bouncing back. Their setup is working well, and the different chambers allow for seeds and brood to be sorted. The colony continues to produce female alates but no drones. Here is a short timelapse of them processing some dandelion seeds and fluff.
 
 
Two sister queens in a chia seed reserve
 
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Workers in the outworld
 
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Mature brood
 
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Newly eclosed queen on the left
 
New queen

 


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#22 Offline UtahAnts - Posted July 12 2023 - 8:23 AM

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Pogonomyrmex rugosus - Rough Harvester Ants

 

150 workers with alates. I moved this colony into a new formicarium, pictured below. I couldn't get as many pictures as I would have liked but here's a timelapse of them checking out the setup: 

 

https://www.youtube....rts/aWyg0ITMLRM

 

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P. rugosus 03
 
P. rugosus 03
 
P. rugosus 01
 
 
Head comparison between two workers
 
P. rugosus 02

 

 

 

Pogonomyrmex occidentalis - Western Harvester Ants

 

450 workers and a few female alates. Growing quickly after the last update. The current pair of nests are working great and they seem to be enjoying their larger ourworld.

 

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P. occi 01

 


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#23 Offline BleepingBleepers - Posted July 12 2023 - 9:01 AM

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Sweet [censored] GIFs and close up pics!  :yes:

 

Wow, very nice. They look like such a unit with their big head and seed crushing mandibles!


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#24 Offline UtahAnts - Posted August 2 2023 - 9:33 PM

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Pogonomyrmex rugosus - Rough Harvester Ants

 

A bit of die off during the move has brought their population to hover around 100. However I've enjoyed keeping this smaller colony of rugosus. The queen recently laid around 75 eggs so their population may double sometime in the next month, but hopefully their numbers will stay at a nice manageable level up until the winter months. Their formicarium pictured here was a little dry for them so I moved them into the original horizontal flat nest - yes I still have this thing after all these years, it's just about indestructible. I'll get some setup pictures nexxt update.

 

Moving timelapse - https://www.youtube....rts/DXLT2uaPip4

 

 

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Fat larvae - 
 
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Pogonomyrmex occidentalis - Western Harvester Ants

 

500 workers. Growing steadily but surely. They've really taken to nectar and larger insects as protein source. Super active foragers and very interesting to watch meander around their foraging area.

 

Swarming the nectar - https://www.youtube....rts/jhmwtNdLst0

 

 

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Edited by UtahAnts, August 2 2023 - 9:40 PM.

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#25 Offline UtahAnts - Posted October 2 2023 - 9:05 AM

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I sold off the two colonies and managed to sell the many hundreds of Pogonomyrmex queens I had. I'll be reviving this someday.

 

I made some videos on finding these on my YT channel. Feel free to check those out for some general tips.

 

 


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#26 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 2 2023 - 11:05 AM

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How do you sell so many ants. I can’t even give ants away anymore.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#27 Offline UtahAnts - Posted October 2 2023 - 2:28 PM

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I've also noticed a steady decline in local interest. I primarily use local classified listing sites like KSL.com, with supplemental amounts of sales from formiculture and facebook as well.


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