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Pseudomyrmex isn't reproducing?

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#1 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted December 10 2016 - 11:51 PM

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Hi,

My Pseudomyrmex Gracilis Mexicanus queen has not lay a single egg for several months. Does anyone know why? Thanks! 


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#2 Offline CallMeCraven - Posted December 11 2016 - 12:43 AM

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I was going to suggest she is trying to hibernate but then I looked and saw you are in Hawaii... I don't know if ants hibernate there...


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#3 Online LC3 - Posted December 11 2016 - 10:29 AM

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If I'm not mistaken there's a dry season and a wet season at Hawaii right?

I' not exactly sure how that ties in with your Pseudomyrmex but it may have been in some sort of diapause.


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#4 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted December 11 2016 - 12:40 PM

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Thanks for all the input! I've came to the conclusion that my queen is infertile (the other queens that I've caught around the same time all have workers or larvae. That's okay, though, because I can keep her as a special pet.


Hawaiiant (Ben)

Keeper of
Miniature Labradoodle
Baby Wolf Spider
Mud Dauber wasp larvae
Ochetellus Glaber
Solenopsis Geminata
Brachymyrmex Obscurior
Cardiocondyla Emeryi
Tetramorium Bicarinatum
Plagiolepis Alluaudi
Anoplolepis Gracilipes
Technomyrmex Difficilis
Pheidole Megacephala
Aholehole fish
Cowrie snail
Sea Fan Worm
100+ sea squirts
Tree seedlings
Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
Small Fat Centipede
Endemic Lacewing larva
Vernal Pool shrimps

#5 Offline Mdrogun - Posted December 11 2016 - 1:55 PM

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Thanks for all the input! I've came to the conclusion that my queen is infertile (the other queens that I've caught around the same time all have workers or larvae. That's okay, though, because I can keep her as a special pet.

Are you sure she's infertile? Pseudomyrmex is an extremely difficult ant to keep and an even harder ant species to found from a single queen. I would make sure the conditions she's in (heat, light, vibrations, moisture, food, etc.) are perfect before you count her as infertile. Ice: http://www.formicult...m/user/857-ice/ had a colony at one point and they might still have one. If you continue to have problems I would ask her for some tips. Hope this helps!


Edited by Mdrogun, December 11 2016 - 1:56 PM.

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#6 Offline Vendayn - Posted December 11 2016 - 5:16 PM

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Yeah, I'd agree with Mdrogun. While she might be infertile, I've also read (like Mdrogun said) Pseudomyrmex when started from just a queen is really hard. I never had any experience with them (always wanted a colony, just never even seen a single worker)...I wouldn't get give up just yet! 



#7 Offline Fastcbr10 - Posted June 30 2018 - 1:27 PM

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So this has been cold for over a year. How did this ever turn out? Doing she found a colony or did you give up? I have one of the same queens and some of the same problems.





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