Hello everyone, this is my second journal(check my first one about my 3 Pachycondyla: http://www.formicult...a-sp-journal/).This journal will be about my 6 Atta sexdens +1 that is probably dying(or dead already).
I came to my university day 06/11/16 at night (22:00) I started to see a lot of dead Atta males in the ground, and some that were walking around. That was the signal that the big Atta nuptial flight that happens every year in Brazil had happened that day or the day before. When walking to my home I found an Atta alate, placed it inside a test tube right away and captured a male to show you guys:
This queen is HUGE, she looks amazing. That same night I came to this forum's chat to show you guys my catch and I were convinced to go outside to catch some more. Then 30 minutes later I came back with the girls:
I was desperate because I didn't expect to find that many. I talked with some friends from a Brazilian group and they gave me some tips, the day after the catch I bought what I would need: 1kg of plaster, 6 plastic containers and some coffee cups.
Made a thin layer of plaster as it seems to be what they like, placed some water to make it wet and also placed the cup of coffee with a humid cotton ball inside.
When I was placing 2 of them I noticed a very small brown ball I thought that it could be the fungus. The first one I picked it with my finger and placed in the container and then placed the queen, the queen right away moved to it, grabbed it and started moving around holding it, so for sure it was the fungus(I hope I didn't destroy it in the process). The second fungus was in the cotton so I removed the part of the cotton where it was and placed inside so she could move it herself.
Also an interesting thing the alate less than 1 minute after I placed her in the plaster container she removed her wings =D very happy about that.
OBS: I released the first alate that I captured but today (07/11) I found another one inside my university building and decided to keep this one.
Edited by JPSMedeiros, January 14 2018 - 4:25 PM.