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Aphaenogaster Occidentalis, Journal of AsdinAnts


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#41 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted March 5 2024 - 7:04 PM

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I have moved the colony back into a test tube, and gave them an outworld. I will post pictures of it later, but I made the mistake of moisturizing the rock/sand mixture that I had as their flooring and now they’ve gone and nested in that. Two of the four pupae have started gaining a lot of color, so I’m pretty sure that they’re going to eclose anytime soon! 🥳
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Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-L. fuliginosus
-M. invidia
-Stennama spec..
I will want to also keep some other lasius types in the future.
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#42 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted March 11 2024 - 7:55 PM

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One of the pupae have eclosed! This brings the worker count to 7!
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Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-L. fuliginosus
-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

#43 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted March 12 2024 - 11:43 AM

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Yay!! Colony is doing great! Let the substrate dry out and the ants will head back to their test tube. Have those eggs hatched yet? If not they’re probably just trophic eggs that the queen (or workers?) laid to eat later between feedings.
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Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

 


#44 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted March 22 2024 - 7:47 PM

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So, A lot has happened in these past 10 days. Firstly, I decided to keep watering the substrate, and let them live in there since it’s obviously their more preferred nesting area. Secondly, they have a bunch of larvae, I counted 5, but there are probably more hidden in the dirt/gravel that they are nesting in. Thirdly, I decided to add actual dirt, and I also have added rolypolys and beetles to act as a cleanup crew and food for the ants as well. That’s all for this update. (i also saw 3 more pupae tdy).
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-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-L. fuliginosus
-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

#45 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted April 6 2024 - 12:47 PM

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I believe that the colony is still growing, but I am not entirely sure. The colony is still hidden underground, but I have seen 2 workers foraging around for food. I also fed them an adult earwig, and they devoured its stomach, so I’m pretty sure they’re still alive and growing
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Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-L. fuliginosus
-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

#46 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted April 24 2024 - 3:27 PM

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Haven’t updated in a while, and i’m sorry about that. I have been caught up in a lot of things as of late. Anyways, my colony is doing really good rn! I always see at least one worker foraging, I also checked under the outworld tdy, and I saw a tonne of brood! The queen is really going to work this year. I am so happy that they are thriving, I counted at least 19 larvae, 3 big batches of eggs, and like 6 more pupae/pupating larvae!
Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-L. fuliginosus
-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

#47 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted April 28 2024 - 7:24 AM

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THESE GIRLS HAVE A TONNE OF BROOD! I checked under the outworld they were in, and I saw a huge amount of brood! I saw pupae, pupating larvae, larvae, and so many big batches of eggs! I’m super excited for this colony, and I can’t wait for them to grow huge ‼️ (actually I can…)

I fed them sugar water like 10 minutes ago, and I currently see one worker drinking like there’s no tmw. Her gaster is expanding rapidly, i’m actually in love with my aphaenogaster 😁
Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-L. fuliginosus
-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

#48 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted April 28 2024 - 7:41 AM

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I almost just killed them while taking these photos….. I was holding the outworld, and it’s pretty large, I was holding the flashlight in my mouth, the tank with my right hand, and taking pictures with my left. I almost dropped the tank in order to get low quality photos cause I couldn’t get my macro lens close enough and still enough in order to take some decent pics  :*(

 

You can sort of see the brood pile!

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Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-L. fuliginosus
-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

#49 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted May 8 2024 - 5:54 AM

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Nothing much to update on, aside from the fact that the brood pile is now double the amount it was in the picture
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Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-L. fuliginosus
-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

#50 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted May 14 2024 - 7:08 PM

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nothing.

 

 

 

 

I checked underneath the container like I always do, and my ants are gone. There is no brood, no queen, and no workers. I’m digging up the container trying to search for them, but my search is in vain. I am so sad right now  :*(

 

you know what I did find? monomorium everywhere. 


Edited by AsdinAnts, May 14 2024 - 7:08 PM.

Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-L. fuliginosus
-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

#51 Offline antsriondel - Posted May 14 2024 - 7:31 PM

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nothing.

 

 

 

 

I checked underneath the container like I always do, and my ants are gone. There is no brood, no queen, and no workers. I’m digging up the container trying to search for them, but my search is in vain. I am so sad right now  :*(

 

you know what I did find? monomorium everywhere. 

I am so sorry. That is just pure awful.  :(


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#52 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted May 15 2024 - 3:37 AM

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I am very sorry for your colony Asd. Many people loved this colony and journal including me and seeing it go torn like this is so sad. Well it’s just like what happens in the wild to ant colonies; especially small ones. It’s just the circle of life that varies so greatly but moments like these shall never be forgotten.
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Keeping:

2x - S. molesta (colonies)                1x - C. nearcticus (founding)  (y) New!

1x - C. chromaiodes (colony)           1x - C. subbarbatus (founding)  (y) New!

2x - F. pallidefulva (colonies)             1x T. sessile (mega colony)

2x - C. cerasi (founding)  workers are here!  :yahoo:

1x - B. depilis (founding but no eggs)

2x - P. imparis (colony) 2x P. imparis (founding)  Unfortunately no multi queen P. imparis colonies as all of the queens died due to fungus infection (assumed). RIP  :( 

Check out my C. nearcticus journal here: https://www.formicul...cticus-journal/

Check out my C. chromaiodes journal here: https://www.formicul...aiodes-journal/





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