Myrmecia tarsata journal.
Offline - Posted November 26 2014 - 2:11 AM
I placed a petri dish full of sugar water in with them thinking their size would prevent them from drowning, within seconds they had swarmed it and were crushing each other in their bid to bury their heads in it!it got worse than this.
It was my first major.mistake with these gals and it cost me a few. They must have been starving! I used my tweezers and pulled them out but more kept swarming. Eventually the fell upon the soaked ones and licked them clean. By the time I got the situation under control the dish had gone from full to less than 1/4 full. I am just glad the queen got out early. She was one of the first to dive on it. 😠 I will not be doing that again!
Offline - Posted November 26 2014 - 6:16 AM
I checked on them and the mass drowning was not as bad as I thought. Out of the few hundred in the box there are maybe 3 dead total. This is much better than the usual mass die off that is to be expected after collecting a colony.
Offline - Posted November 26 2014 - 6:46 AM
I could not sleep. Couple indigestion with paranoia and you have matt only half asleep, waking up every few minutes convinced that he has inch long ants swarming his bed. I dislike not having these buggers housed properly.
I can imagine what that's like. I thought it was bad enough finding a random Pogonomyrmex worker wondering around every so often because of two crappy containers of mine. I have since moved them so they aren't directly over my head while sleeping anymore.
Offline - Posted November 26 2014 - 6:48 AM
Offline - Posted November 26 2014 - 5:45 PM
Give them slices of apple instead
Offline - Posted November 26 2014 - 7:39 PM
I love the colouring.
Offline - Posted November 26 2014 - 7:58 PM
Brave! Stick your hand in the whole nest now.
Offline - Posted November 26 2014 - 8:40 PM
Offline - Posted November 27 2014 - 12:54 AM
Edited by Mathiacus, November 27 2014 - 12:54 AM.
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Offline - Posted November 28 2014 - 12:26 PM
I was trying to give them the most natural setup I could. I was warned this could happen but I thought I took precautions. They are not through the mesh but they have burrowed into the tiny layer of soil on top of it.
That is it! A sterile, plastic environment is what they want? It is what they will get. 😐
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Offline - Posted December 2 2014 - 1:04 PM
the larvae are pupating.
queen is here.. somewhere.
place looks terrible!
Offline - Posted December 2 2014 - 1:09 PM
I have not spotted any eggs yet but ill have a good look a little later.
Offline - Posted December 2 2014 - 2:32 PM
Does insect a slip work on bull ants?
If so, you are probably going to want it.
Edited by dean_k, December 2 2014 - 6:40 PM.
Offline - Posted December 2 2014 - 2:56 PM
Offline - Posted December 2 2014 - 4:13 PM
[Fluon] probably does [work for these ants]. But I am hoping to avoid and unsightly barriers. After a while they should avoid the lid like my other colonies do.
The Fluon I sell is premixed at a 1/16 ratio and goes on silky smooth, with just a faint, milky translucency.
You can use up to 1/16 dilution on glass and it still be effective. With most plastics, you can dilute it even further.
I'm hoping to produce some comparison videos or photos showing how my product and unique applicator bottles perform in various use case scenarios, soon.
Edited by drtrmiller, December 3 2014 - 1:05 AM.
Offline - Posted December 2 2014 - 6:38 PM
Offline - Posted December 2 2014 - 7:34 PM
not sure if this works. here is a crappy video.
why is this the only place on the whole internet that ctrlV does not work?!?
Offline - Posted December 3 2014 - 12:47 AM
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