Pheidole antipodum 14-15mm queens x 2
Queen 10, former member of dual queen - simple tub and tubes
3000+? workers and some majors of all sizes - massive brood pile spread across 3 test tubes
So the population has exploded. now filling up 3 test tubes, 2 filled with brood. And the third 20mm test tube has a small pile of brood.
Lots of ants in and outside.
I added a third 20mm test tube for water, but all the other ones are bone dry.... guess they don't mind low humidity.
I fed them some freeze dried meal worms and they love it, unlike my other ants.
Probably because they come from an arid area and dried up food is the norm
Queen 5 - 20mm test tube - simple tub and tubes
100+ workers and small majors - medium size pile of brood
So this queen/colony is back on it's feet after nearly being wiped out by mites in the old THA nest which didn't vent air well with the lid on, the mesh is way too small!
Way too humid for these desert ants.
This colony used to be larger than the one above, so it's well behind now.
Their test tube is about dry so I temporarily put it into a container and opened it up for easy feeding and access to another test tube of water.
I put a bit of cotton on the test tube with a small gap for an entrance, and they have plugged more crap on it
They have constant small amount of workers on the honey and a small trail to the water tube.
Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant) 10mm queen
Atom C nest inside circular outworld
300+ workers, huge pile of cocoons and some larvae/eggs
So I was going to put them into a larger nest, but their numbers have stayed fairly constant for a while now
I think this is as large as a colony as they get to in the wild, around 300-500
Season 3 just about done, maybe we will see alates next season?
I captured a smaller Iridomyrmex species queen a few days ago, and she already has a pile of 10+ eggs after 3 days, while exposed to light... too easy!
Probably just gonna raise and then release like the last one, but I think the workers will look different.
This queen came from a bush area and was really iridescent green outside
Also found a Myrmecia nigrocinta queen , which i won't be keeping.
Once she lays she will have a new owner.
Edited by CoolColJ, March 11 2021 - 5:30 AM.