I caught four Acromyrmex versicolor queens just south of Joshua Tree National Park a couple days after a mating flight, on an early August night. I tried as hard as I could, but I was not able to get the fungus necessary for their survival. I took them home anyway, in hopes I can find someone with the proper fungus. They have lasted a few months now on no food. dspdrew said I can get some fungus from him, so I bought some when I went to get the Solenopsis invicta from him. I immediately introduced two queens to the fungus. In their hunger, they immedietly tackled the fungus, split it in two, and devoured some of it. I gave them some of the same Cichlid Pellets that Drew fed his. They started adding to the fungus within the third day, and it is growing nice. It has started to look a little grey, but it continues to grow. Today, Day Three, they split the fungus into three separate gardens, which I am very happy about, because after they grow a little more, it will be extraordinarily easy to distribute fungus to the other two queens. Also, I used two queens at the begining to:
1: In case one queen rejects the fungus, the other one will still care for it.
2: Two ants caring to the fungus will hopefully result in it growing faster, so therefore I can give some to the other two queens in need before it is too late.
I know before they get workers, I will have to split them, and therefore the fungus as well again.
Here are the two queens a few hours before being introduced to the fungus.
Here they are with their three fungus gardens, each is about the size of their gaster now.
Here is the largest fungus garden magnified, through the glass. Notice the liquid around it is most likely excretion from the queens, which helps fertilize the fungus.
Edited by Gregory2455, February 20 2019 - 10:15 PM.