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#1 Offline TheAntKid - Posted June 11 2024 - 6:44 PM

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This is were I will be posting all ant colony updates. (P.S. check out my Youtube at https://www.youtube....ening935/videos and my instagram at @noahsantsandplants

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#2 Offline TheAntKid - Posted July 2 2024 - 5:47 PM

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The ant colonies:

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A cone ant queen w/ brood (bad picture)

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A Monomorium minimum queen (possibly infertile)

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1 Nylanderia queen with 2 callow nanitics (This was a two queen colony, but the other stared attacking the queen in the image)

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2 Nylanderia queens with 4-5 callow nanitics in a test tube w/ wet sand.

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1 Nylanderia queen with 0 nanitics

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#3 Offline Stubyvast - Posted July 3 2024 - 5:49 PM

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Cool colonies! In the last image I can see the headless remains of a winged nylanderia queen. I assume there was a fight for dominance here too? 


Currently raising: 

Myrmica Rubra (polygynous 2 queen + brood)

Camponotus Modoc (single queen + brood)

Camponotus Vicinus (two single queens + brood)

Lasius Niger (single queen + ~60+ workers)

Tetramorium immigrans (single queen)

Temporarily keeping IdioticMouse26's ants/tarantula until August 12th as he is away. Thanks IM26!

 

 


#4 Offline TheAntKid - Posted July 3 2024 - 7:58 PM

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Cool colonies! In the last image I can see the headless remains of a winged nylanderia queen. I assume there was a fight for dominance here too? 

No, there was one queen who had died, but I thought that she might be able to recover, and she ended up not recovering, and there was another queen, but I don't remember what happened to her, I think there might have been a fight, but again, I'm not sure.


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#5 Offline TheAntKid - Posted July 3 2024 - 9:13 PM

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I checked on my Forelius mccooki queen and Tetramorium caespitum queen yesterday.

The Forelius queen has a nice brood pile.

The Tetramorium caespitum queen has some nice pupae, but when I was cleaning up some moldy karo syrup I tried to feed her a month and a half ago, one pupa fell out, and one larva looks smooshed, but she still has enough brood to get her colony started.


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#6 Offline TheAntKid - Posted July 3 2024 - 9:15 PM

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I also caught two Hypoponera queens yesterday, so any tips on how to care for them would be much appreciated.


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#7 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 4 2024 - 2:21 AM

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In my experience with Nylanderia vividula, queens will not found colonies together. They do best alone. Also, they do not need any sand.

Edited by ANTdrew, July 4 2024 - 2:21 AM.

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#8 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted July 7 2024 - 8:31 AM

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I also caught two Hypoponera queens yesterday, so any tips on how to care for them would be much appreciated.

They don’t really need sugars at all, focus on feeding them proteins. Because of their size, it’s more convenient to feed them springtails, termites, pinhead crickets, fruit flies etc. They do need fairly high moisture, so I would recommend a little sterile sand for the tube. As Antdrew said, you really don’t have to fill the tube up with sand. In the situation with hypoponera, it would be even worse because their size limits the visibility you have, and makes it much harder for them to actually locate food. Feed them in the tube for as long as possible, these aren’t ants who forage on the surface regularly.

#9 Offline TheAntKid - Posted July 15 2024 - 1:35 PM

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Update:

My Tetramorium caespitum queen has her first workers. She has four of them right now and she has one more pupe that should hatch soon and they still have some brood. 

I currently have 3 Camponotus pennsylvanicus colonies and they all seem to be doing well. One colony has two workers+brood, another colony has two pupa and a nice amount of brood, and the other with just some brood. 

I have two Formica incerta queens and they each have gotten their first workers. One queen is on her second brood pile and has about 7 workers, and the other queen has two workers and some pupae that are still forming, as well as what might be a small pile of eggs. 

My Nyladeria colonies are still doing well although one colony that was living in a sand test tube did die because the sand collapsed on them. However, the other two colonies are doing pretty good and have both gotten their first workers and seem have some brood. 

My Forelius sp. queen is doing well with her first worker already foraging and still having a small batch of larvae and eggs. 

I have 3 solenopsis invicta colonies but there is one that I would like to put in the spotlight right now. That would be my 2 queen colony that has a nice pile of brood and two workers. 


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#10 Offline TheAntKid - Posted July 15 2024 - 1:43 PM

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I also caught two Hypoponera queens yesterday, so any tips on how to care for them would be much appreciated.

These queens died, but i was recently able to collect a total of 4 hypoponera queens, and about 5-6 strumigenys queens, and 1 myrmecina americana queen. All of these queens are in terrariums, with the exception of 1 hypoponera queen, whom i am trying to raise in a test tube with soil.

They all seem healthy, and I hope that these colonies thrive. 
BTW, I have 3 terrariums in total, 1 housing the myrmecina americana queen, 2 hypoponera queens, and 2-3 strumigenys queens. The second is housing 1 hypoponera queen, and 2 strumigenys queens. The third is housing a monomorium minimum queen, and a strumigenys queen.


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#11 Offline TheAntKid - Posted July 17 2024 - 10:56 AM

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I fed all of the colonies today, and I was able to see a strumigenys queen carrying a freshly caught springtail.
BTW, there is some mold in one of the terrariums, I know that the springtails and isopods should clean it up, but if it gets bad, what course of action should I take?


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#12 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 17 2024 - 11:13 AM

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I fed all of the colonies today, and I was able to see a strumigenys queen carrying a freshly caught springtail.
BTW, there is some mold in one of the terrariums, I know that the springtails and isopods should clean it up, but if it gets bad, what course of action should I take?

Increase ventilation and let the setup dry out some more.
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#13 Offline TheAntKid - Posted July 18 2024 - 5:41 PM

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Just caught a camponotus casteanus queen with 1 pupa (it got a little squeezed in transport), and a tapinoma sessile queen with 5-7 workers and a larva a couple hours ago, but the queen seems darker than most tapinoma sessile queens that I usually see, any ideas for what she is?


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#14 Online GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted July 18 2024 - 6:40 PM

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Any pics?


Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

1 M.ergatognya

 

 

 

 

Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#15 Offline TheAntKid - Posted Yesterday, 11:39 AM

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No, but upon further inspection, she is tapinoma sessile, and for some reason, her workers died. I put her in a homemade plaster test tube setup, and she should be fine.


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#16 Offline ANTdrew - Posted Yesterday, 11:47 AM

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Why keep Tapinoma sessile?
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.





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