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#41 Offline Californian Anter - Posted January 30 2017 - 10:54 PM

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Scavenger.

 

While there may be altercations between a founding queen and other live insects and animals in the wild, the result isn't always in favor of the queen.

Unless you're a Myrmecia Brevinoda queen  :lol:


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#42 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted February 1 2017 - 12:41 PM

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Yes, Myrmecia brevinoda are real monsters, but still not invulnerable. They remind me of a dinosaur when I'm viewing an individual up close.

 

Here is a quick pic of Ereshkigal, as I mentioned she was taking rocks from the outworld into her tube.

I didn't disturb her for a while so she could do her thing in peace.

I was curious as to how she was going and can see that she has laid out a little bed of wet rocks for her brood.

This will obviously stop them from rolling around. She's so clever. :)

They are also well camouflaged. Hard to see but I can tell you there's about 5 or 6 scattered around there with a few millimeters between them.

Wet The Egg Bed
It looks very wet in there but I guess she knows better than me.
I could watch these girls all day but I need to make money dammit.
Have a good day everyone.

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#43 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted February 5 2017 - 11:02 PM

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Sorry to say this girl has passed on today.  :*( 

It was a hot day, but not extreme, not sure exactly what has killed her. She still has seven eggs in the tube.

passed

Sorry about that guys. I was looking forward to this colony as much as you.

Ah well, back to the search.



#44 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted February 6 2017 - 6:32 AM

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Sorry to say this girl has passed on today.  :*(

It was a hot day, but not extreme, not sure exactly what has killed her. She still has seven eggs in the tube.

 

Sorry about that guys. I was looking forward to this colony as much as you.

Ah well, back to the search.

Omg.... so sorry Crazy Legs.... It happens in the hobby ;( Good luck.


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#45 Offline sgheaton - Posted February 6 2017 - 6:36 AM

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Well......
I was excited reading about this. Then I yelled out, "Oh no!" when I saw the dead picture. Sorry guy. 


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#46 Offline Martialis - Posted February 6 2017 - 6:56 AM

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I wonder if the workers will eat the M. chrysogaster eggs if you gave them to the larger colony.

 

Probably would.


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#47 Offline T.C. - Posted February 6 2017 - 7:01 AM

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Unfortunate. I was really looking forward to see a successful colony from these guys. Well, Australia has got a lot of cool species. Get looking and find something else to put in it's place. :)


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#48 Offline antgenius123 - Posted February 6 2017 - 10:06 AM

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Oh well, it happens just have to keep going and find some more. (y)


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#49 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted February 6 2017 - 11:47 AM

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Thanks guys. It always seems to be the prettiest ones that are the most sensitive. Bull ant season has just started so I'll see what comes my way. :)

Until then I still have my trusty Camponotus aeneopilosis.

Trusty Camponotus

She hasn't missed a beat, as Camponotus hardly ever do.


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#50 Offline Canadian anter - Posted February 6 2017 - 2:34 PM

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put the queen on a wet paper towel


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#51 Offline Bcam43 - Posted February 6 2017 - 3:07 PM

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Damn, that sucks. Myrmecia are one of the hardest species to raise from a single queen in my opinion. We regularly have problems with larvae pupating, especially our M.fulvipes colony. Lucky for you bullant season is just beginning so finding another queen shouldn't be too hard. Good luck!!


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#52 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted February 7 2017 - 3:07 AM

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Thanks guys, she's not the first queen I've ever lost and certainly won't be the last. :D

I had never attempted to found a Myrmecia chrysogaster queen before. In fact I was stunned to even find one of these elusive ants which normally would see you coming and dash into hiding long before you noticed them.

 

put the queen on a wet paper towel

Do you mean I should have some paper towel inside all my test tubes?



#53 Offline Leo - Posted February 7 2017 - 3:53 AM

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no, there is a chance it will "revive" the queen, strange but true



#54 Offline T.C. - Posted February 7 2017 - 7:01 AM

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Thanks guys, she's not the first queen I've ever lost and certainly won't be the last. :D

I had never attempted to found a Myrmecia chrysogaster queen before. In fact I was stunned to even find one of these elusive ants which normally would see you coming and dash into hiding long before you noticed them.

 

put the queen on a wet paper towel

Do you mean I should have some paper towel inside all my test tubes?

No, apparently after queens look dead, you can sometimes bring them "back to life" by putting them on a damp towel. I have never had no luck with it, but  am sure it's worked before.


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#55 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted February 7 2017 - 12:18 PM

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I gave it a try. No luck. I'm sure I will cross paths with something interesting sooner or later. :)


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#56 Offline Ozz - Posted April 16 2017 - 7:25 AM

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Was really enjoying this, until.. currently have a myrmecia pilosus myself with a few eggs. I was pretty confident till I saw this. Bad luck

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#57 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted April 16 2017 - 1:24 PM

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Chrysogaster are quite sensitive. I probably shouldn't have been taking so many pics of her but I had never seen a chrysogaster queen before let alone caught one. I was too excited. :D


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