Jump to content

  • Chat
  •  
  •  

Welcome to Formiculture.com!

This is a website for anyone interested in Myrmecology and all aspects of finding, keeping, and studying ants. The site and forum are free to use. Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation points to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!

Photo
* * * * * 16 votes

CCJ's ants - Opisthopsis (strobe ant), Melophorus, Pheidole antipodum, Polyrhachis, Myrmecia

journal opisthopsis rufithorax strobe ant camponotus melophorus furnace ant pheidole iridomyrmex suffusus polyrhachis rufifemur meat ant antipodum rhytidoponera aphaenogaster nigrocincta aspera myrmecia bull ant fulvipes

  • Please log in to reply
1787 replies to this topic

#1781 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 1 2022 - 5:56 PM

CoolColJ

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,646 posts
  • LocationSydney, Australia

Good to see you back.

I don't have as much time and as hardcore about ants as I once was, so I won't be here as much as I'd like, but once in a while I will pop in :)


  • Leptomyrmx likes this

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange, Pheidole species, Pheidole antipodum
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#1782 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 1 2022 - 8:17 PM

CoolColJ

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,646 posts
  • LocationSydney, Australia

Colony update - Autumn 2nd April 2022
 
Melophorus sp.- black orange 7-8mm queen
3D printed nest with gypsum base
7 workers - no brood?

I took a look at them and the few brood they had was gone...
After 4+ seasons and now colony growth... I decided to finally move them out of that crappy aryclic test tube style founding nest into a 3D printed nest, with gypsum floor.
Has magnetic glass top, and THA style externally refillable mesh topped water tank, that you can see the water levels in the external opening.

I pretty much has to tip them into the outworld of this new nest, as the old nest is all screws and sealed up.
Lucky they all slipped out easily enough.
The queen found the nest opening within 5 mins and they all moved in quick smart and settled in within the hour.

So I counted 7 workers, and I hope they survive till spring as it's autumn now.
And they only lay in summer and love heat.
Unfortunate;y this nest can't be heated without causing lots of condensation

JZUchTx.jpg




 
Pheidole antipodum 14-15mm queen
Queen 10, former member of dual queen - simple tub and tubes
5000-1000? workers and some majors of all sizes - massive brood pile spread across 4 test tubes
 
I think this colony finally has a few majors close to the biggest super major size now.
Close to 1cm in length

Here they are swarming sugar water and a roach


  • ANTdrew, Antkeeper01, OiledOlives and 2 others like this

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange, Pheidole species, Pheidole antipodum
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#1783 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 4 2022 - 4:26 AM

CoolColJ

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,646 posts
  • LocationSydney, Australia

So I was feeding my small species red Pheidole colony, whose queen I found in my backyard under a brick, and I noticed what appears to be a medial class, much smaller than the majors
Even the head shape is different.
 


Edited by CoolColJ, April 4 2022 - 4:27 AM.

  • ANTdrew, Antkeeper01, m99 and 1 other like this

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange, Pheidole species, Pheidole antipodum
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#1784 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 4 2022 - 5:47 AM

ANTdrew

    Advanced Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPip
  • 7,707 posts
  • LocationAlexandria, VA
You’re the Pheidole king.
  • Antkeeper01 likes this
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#1785 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 4 2022 - 8:44 AM

CoolColJ

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,646 posts
  • LocationSydney, Australia

You’re the Pheidole king.

I love Pheidole, and most polymorphic species :)


  • Antkeeper01 likes this

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange, Pheidole species, Pheidole antipodum
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#1786 Offline JCRHJM - Posted April 12 2022 - 9:55 PM

JCRHJM

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 151 posts

Colony update - Autumn 2nd April 2022
 
Melophorus sp.- black orange 7-8mm queen
3D printed nest with gypsum base
7 workers - no brood?

I took a look at them and the few brood they had was gone...
After 4+ seasons and now colony growth... I decided to finally move them out of that crappy aryclic test tube style founding nest into a 3D printed nest, with gypsum floor.
Has magnetic glass top, and THA style externally refillable mesh topped water tank, that you can see the water levels in the external opening.

I pretty much has to tip them into the outworld of this new nest, as the old nest is all screws and sealed up.
Lucky they all slipped out easily enough.
The queen found the nest opening within 5 mins and they all moved in quick smart and settled in within the hour.

So I counted 7 workers, and I hope they survive till spring as it's autumn now.
And they only lay in summer and love heat.
Unfortunate;y this nest can't be heated without causing lots of condensation

JZUchTx.jpg




 
Pheidole antipodum 14-15mm queen
Queen 10, former member of dual queen - simple tub and tubes
5000-1000? workers and some majors of all sizes - massive brood pile spread across 4 test tubes
 
I think this colony finally has a few majors close to the biggest super major size now.
Close to 1cm in length

Here they are swarming sugar water and a roach

Would you ever consider moving the antipodum colony to a naturalistic terrarium?


  • Antkeeper01 likes this

#1787 Offline CoolColJ - Posted April 13 2022 - 9:05 AM

CoolColJ

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,646 posts
  • LocationSydney, Australia

Would you ever consider moving the antipodum colony to a naturalistic terrarium?


Would be nice, but I just don't have room
  • United-Ants likes this

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange, Pheidole species, Pheidole antipodum
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#1788 Offline CreepysAntVibes - Posted April 22 2022 - 7:03 AM

CreepysAntVibes

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • LocationAustralia, NSW, Sydney

wow... i have a iridomymex bickneli queen and i found another one but the size difference is quiet different as one is around 5-7mm and the other is around 10mm (give or take)







Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: journal, opisthopsis rufithorax, strobe ant, camponotus, melophorus, furnace ant, pheidole, iridomyrmex, suffusus, polyrhachis, rufifemur, meat ant, antipodum, rhytidoponera, aphaenogaster, nigrocincta, aspera, myrmecia, bull ant, fulvipes

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users