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J’s Nylanderia flavipes: Firecrackers


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#1 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted June 5 2023 - 12:21 PM

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Huge nylanderia flights a few weeks ago in my backyard. I caught 20+ queens and set them in 9 groups ranging from 1 to around ten. Most are sitting on huge egg piles. I’ll probably see nanitics at the end of this month or early July. 5C2D46EE-5BDE-4D84-A6E5-DF07039A9559.jpeg

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#2 Offline AntPerson76 - Posted June 5 2023 - 1:50 PM

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I caught my 12 Nylanderia Flavipes queens just around the same time as you. When they fly, you can really catch a lot of them. My queens are also about at that same stage where I will see nanitics in late June. 



#3 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted June 16 2023 - 2:30 PM

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Two of the nine queen groups died. I brood boosted a few colonies. The next update will be when I have workers

#4 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted July 12 2023 - 12:39 AM

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Update: sorry for the late update. All the colonies are doing well but I decided to focus in on one colony, it currently has 7 queens and around 50 works plus loads of brood. All call these guys the Firecrackers for their reddish look. I housed them in a little formicarium from anthropod antics and they seem to really thrive in there. It’s quite impressive how large the workers gasters inflate and almost reminds my of prenos.

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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 12 2023 - 2:21 AM

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Nylanderia and Prenolepis are very closely related.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#6 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted July 12 2023 - 10:33 AM

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Nylanderia and Prenolepis are very closely related.

that explains alot

#7 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted July 13 2023 - 2:32 PM

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Man these girls are Crackin.IMG_0413.jpeg
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#8 Offline AntPerson76 - Posted July 14 2023 - 10:31 AM

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Nylanderia flavipes are polygynous?

#9 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted July 14 2023 - 10:41 AM

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Nylanderia flavipes are polygynous?

we’ll see I guess
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#10 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted July 21 2023 - 10:28 AM

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The Firecrackers are doing well. Some of the larvae has since pupated. 50-100 pupae I would say. They’re developing nicely. Fed them some tetra brood since I had some left over from brood boosting my queen which made them pretty chunky. Still have a boatload of eggs and I’m pretty sure they’re just getting started.
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#11 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted July 30 2023 - 5:30 PM

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Update
Firecrackers doing well
Some of the pupae hatched. Still a bunch of brood. Added a byformica liquid feeder in there outworld and they got quite a few bugs to feast on for protein. Condensation so bad photo IMG_0486.jpeg

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#12 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted August 7 2023 - 4:56 PM

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Here’s a photo and short video
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#13 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted August 10 2023 - 6:02 PM

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Gave em some food.
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Seem to really be thriving. Unfortunately one of the queens was killed for reasons unknown so down to 6.
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#14 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted August 19 2023 - 9:25 PM

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Update:
Little late this time because I forgot this even existed and it wasn’t even because something bad happened like the colony died. I just of have absolutely awful memory. Something much has changed just still bursting out new workers and brood. A down side to that is because more workers are active, I have been noticing a few workers wandering outside their setup. I’ll get to that problem eventually. One step at a time for me. Really wonderful little guys these are to be honest. They definitely cheer me up and keep up my passion for nature. They do have a wonderful feeding response and boy do they pump out eggs.
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Here is a sneak peek of my other 6 queen colony which is kept in one of Utahants illustrious nests.
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#15 Offline ANTdrew - Posted August 20 2023 - 3:29 AM

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Nice work. I’m really enjoying my colony as well.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#16 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted August 20 2023 - 7:39 AM

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Nice work. I’m really enjoying my colony as well.

they don’t disappoint
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#17 Offline 100lols - Posted August 20 2023 - 9:16 AM

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They are some beautiful tiny ants indeed!

#18 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted August 20 2023 - 9:21 AM

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My brother is looking to get some nylandaria flavipes. How hard do you say they are? How fast do they grow?

#19 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted August 20 2023 - 9:49 AM

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My brother is looking to get some nylandaria flavipes. How hard do you say they are? How fast do they grow?

easiest ants I ever kept and pump out eggs like crazy. I kept them at cooler temperatures in the low 70s so I didn’t get nanitics until around a month and a half but at higher temperatures I could easily see them getting nanitics in only month.
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#20 Offline Virginian_ants - Posted August 20 2023 - 9:53 AM

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Okay, thanks. Are they good at escaping?

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