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#1 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 23 2023 - 4:24 AM

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I acquired a Formica pacifica Queen from a nuptial flight last year. I'm glad to say that she now has her first worker! With 5 more on the way, and a nice pile of eggs. :D I will be moving them to a THA mini hearth soon.

 

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#2 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted May 23 2023 - 4:29 AM

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When I lived in Washington state I was always looking for Pacifica, but i never caught any. I love their colors and I like seeing another ant keeper keep them.

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#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 23 2023 - 5:28 AM

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Consider yourself lucky! 


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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#4 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 25 2023 - 9:21 PM

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Got the Queen, worker, and brood all moved over. Based on how dark some of the pupae is, I expect we'll have some new workers very soon. 

 

 

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Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

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#5 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 30 2023 - 5:19 AM

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We are up to five workers now! One more yet to enclose, and a nice new pile of brood.

 

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Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#6 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted May 30 2023 - 12:42 PM

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It seems a bit early for them to be in a nest.

#7 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted May 30 2023 - 10:51 PM

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It seems a bit early for them to be in a nest.

I think they'll be fine. It's just a THA mini hearth, and I've had great luck with them. Also their test tube was getting fairly low on water, so I was going to have to move them anyways.


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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica, M. ergatogyna.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#8 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 19 2023 - 2:37 PM

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Colony is doing well, I just gave them a cricket before this photo. They dragged it into the nest very quickly. You can see even the queen is feeding on it directly.

 

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Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

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Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#9 Offline antsriondel - Posted June 19 2023 - 4:11 PM

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Nice colony! Just a question is this a rare species? I find tons of these queens flipping rocks but pay no serious attention to them.


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#10 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted June 20 2023 - 3:50 AM

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When I lived in Washington they were rare in my area and I wanted them a lot. I love their colors.


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#11 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted June 20 2023 - 4:56 AM

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Nice colony! Just a question is this a rare species? I find tons of these queens flipping rocks but pay no serious attention to them.

In some places they seem to be. This is the only one I've seen in person.


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L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica, M. ergatogyna.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#12 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 20 2023 - 7:41 AM

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TennesseeAnts used to have a massive colony of them when he lived in Washington.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#13 Offline antsriondel - Posted June 20 2023 - 10:07 AM

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TennesseeAnts used to have a massive colony of them when he lived in Washington.

Did he have a journal on them? If so could you provide me a link?



#14 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 20 2023 - 11:31 AM

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I don’t think he did.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#15 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 23 2023 - 2:37 PM

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This colony got to about 60 workers and the queen mysteriously died. (n)


Currently kept species

L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica, M. ergatogyna.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants


#16 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted December 23 2023 - 8:01 PM

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Awhh
Currently keeping
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-Stennama spec..
I will want to also keep some other lasius types in the future.
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#17 Offline JesseTheAntKid - Posted December 24 2023 - 8:26 AM

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What's the name of your queen, sir?

Currently keeping: Pheidole obscurithorax (FINALLY I CAN STUDY THEM AND HAVE THEIR COOL MAJORS  B)), Tetramorium bicarinatum, Solenopsis spp. (probably xyloni, the queens are tiny hehe)

Wanting: Atta texana, Camponotus planatus (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CAN SOMEONE HOOK ME UP WITH ATTA)

Previously kept: Monomorium minimum, Pheidole dentata

 

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#18 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted December 24 2023 - 1:50 PM

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who, mine?
Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-M. invidia
-Stennama spec..
I will want to also keep some other lasius types in the future.
You should also subscribe to my youtube channel! https://www.youtube.com/@AsdAnts

#19 Offline JesseTheAntKid - Posted December 24 2023 - 3:55 PM

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THG's.

Currently keeping: Pheidole obscurithorax (FINALLY I CAN STUDY THEM AND HAVE THEIR COOL MAJORS  B)), Tetramorium bicarinatum, Solenopsis spp. (probably xyloni, the queens are tiny hehe)

Wanting: Atta texana, Camponotus planatus (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CAN SOMEONE HOOK ME UP WITH ATTA)

Previously kept: Monomorium minimum, Pheidole dentata

 

"ATTAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!" -Me

"AAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" -Even more me

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"- Me personified


#20 Offline TacticalHandleGaming - Posted December 24 2023 - 6:14 PM

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What's the name of your queen, sir?

She's dead, and I never got around to naming her. :(


Currently kept species

L. neoniger, P. occidentalis, C. modoc, C. novaeboracensis, C. vicinus, T. immigrans, A. occidentalis, S. molesta, P. imparis, M. kennedyi, M semirufus, F. pacifica, P. californica, M. ergatogyna.

 

Previously kept species

T. rugatulus, B. depilis.

 

Looking for

Myrmecocystus pyramicus, Myrmecocystus testaceus

Pheidole creightoni, Pheidole inquilina, Crematogaster coarctata, Crematogaster mutans

My youtube channel.  My ant Etsy store - Millennium Ants





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