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Acromyrmex Versicolor Journal by ps004ynos

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#1 Offline ps004ynos - Posted April 17 2024 - 5:10 PM

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I got an Acromyrmex Versicolor colony a while back, and between doing relatively ok, recently they have had a disaster. I went on a trip (going to another continent), and they lost their fungus due to high temperatures.*

 

But, as I was panicking, I realized that they still actually did have fungus (tiny pellet), and that I wouldn't have to scour the internet to find fungus.

 

They have a decent amount of workers, 5 queens, and a few pellets of fungus, (some tiny little motes on the floor of their outworld`), and some relatively small pieces.

 

 

*(The large chunk that they have is grey, and as I see it, very very dead)

 

`(I saw somewhere that they would be interested in the food if I spritzed water, so I did in the outworld. They moved in lol)


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#2 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 19 2024 - 12:39 AM

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I got an Acromyrmex Versicolor colony a while back, and between doing relatively ok, recently they have had a disaster. I went on a trip (going to another continent), and they lost their fungus due to high temperatures.*

But, as I was panicking, I realized that they still actually did have fungus (tiny pellet), and that I wouldn't have to scour the internet to find fungus.

They have a decent amount of workers, 5 queens, and a few pellets of fungus, (some tiny little motes on the floor of their outworld`), and some relatively small pieces.


*(The large chunk that they have is grey, and as I see it, very very dead)

`(I saw somewhere that they would be interested in the food if I spritzed water, so I did in the outworld. They moved in lol)

Most leafcutters will avoid wet food, and some Acromyrmex will go as far as letting leaves dry under the sun before bringing them to the fungus underground. I would just leave their leaves dry.
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#3 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted April 19 2024 - 4:29 AM

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Easier for them to build fungus and eat it when it is dry although they can still eat wet food (like wet leaves of course). Dried food os preferred more though but it all depends on the colony and what they want to do.

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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  :( 

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#4 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 19 2024 - 12:02 PM

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Easier for them to build fungus and eat it when it is dry although they can still eat wet food (like wet leaves of course). Dried food is preferred more though but it all depends on the colony and what they want to do.

Well they can use wet leaves, but there’s no point in wasting more water than we already do to hydrate food the ants can use dry anyways.
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#5 Offline ZTYguy - Posted April 19 2024 - 5:04 PM

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I have raised and cared for many Acromyrmex colonies and my suggestion is to find what they prefer and make sure that they always have access to it. My oldest colony loved fresh rose petals the best so I always had them available however, that was not the only thing available. Always give them what they want and always give them something else. Just like a human’s taste buds change with age, an ant’s preference for food may change as well.
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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 20 2024 - 2:18 AM

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Easier for them to build fungus and eat it when it is dry although they can still eat wet food (like wet leaves of course). Dried food os preferred more though but it all depends on the colony and what they want to do.

You’ve kept Acromyrmex before?
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#7 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 20 2024 - 2:56 AM

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This journal is slowly descending into the depths of Acromania.

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#8 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted April 20 2024 - 4:29 AM

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Easier for them to build fungus and eat it when it is dry although they can still eat wet food (like wet leaves of course). Dried food os preferred more though but it all depends on the colony and what they want to do.

You’ve kept Acromyrmex before?
No. I was just suggesting from what I’ve seen before (in vids as I don’t see them in my area. As a mater of fact; we have like no cool species around here so RIP me…)

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/


#9 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 20 2024 - 10:19 AM

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Easier for them to build fungus and eat it when it is dry although they can still eat wet food (like wet leaves of course). Dried food os preferred more though but it all depends on the colony and what they want to do.

You’ve kept Acromyrmex before?
No. I was just suggesting from what I’ve seen before (in vids as I don’t see them in my area. As a mater of fact; we have like no cool species around here so RIP me…)

Hmm… in PA, there are:
-Pheidole (big headdd ants, very polymorphic)
-Polyergus (kidnapper ants which are of course parasites.)
-Myrmica (European fire ants, although not native, if they are anything like Solenopsis, they’ll be fun to keep.)
-Prenolepis (a smaller honeypot ant, repletes are cute and hold food in their gasters.)
I suppose PA doesn’t have as much cool ants as say, California, but you still have cool ants.

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#10 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted April 20 2024 - 4:30 PM

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Yeah I guess. I didn’t know Polyergus was around here. That pretty interesting. Too bad I don’t really see Pheidole or Polyergous in my area. They might be in forests or perhaps actual cities (Pheidole at least although I’m not that sure). I have Prenos which are cool but come on, literally the entirety of the US has them. Myrmica are actually pretty cool and I’d like to catch one but they require quite some maintenance (they are semi-claustral). Aphenogaster; especially rudis are a beautiful species. Those are some I’d definitely like to keep.
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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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