Novomessor Cockerelli Anttics
Offline - Posted June 1 2018 - 11:49 AM
Offline - Posted June 5 2018 - 8:36 AM
The brood. With a timy egg ball stuck to one.
The water reservoir
The whole set up.
Edited by anttics, June 5 2018 - 8:39 AM.
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Offline - Posted June 5 2018 - 11:13 AM
Get revenge without catching these ants in the crossfire!
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Offline - Posted June 6 2018 - 8:55 AM
The queen ate a good amount of cricket. She has not laid any eggs, since i got her last week. I expect some eggs, since she engorge her self. Lets hope this colomy is as super as the one my bro has.
Offline - Posted June 12 2018 - 9:23 AM
If you see there are no eggs. I did not check the test tube in the out world. I hope they have them there. Here is a pic. they only use 2 compartments.
Ill check today and update next week.
Edited by anttics, June 12 2018 - 9:29 AM.
Offline - Posted June 14 2018 - 1:22 PM
This is all the brood they have.
Trying to fix the issue. I took the test tube in the outworld. The workers store all their protein there. I never saw the queen go to the tube to eat. So maybe she was starving. since she never went where the food is. Now after taking the tube they have taken their food where the queen kicks it. Hopefully today she fed on it.
As expected the pupa that darken before growing limbs has died. And they have stated eating it.
I hope this fix will help the queen produce more. Or ill have to declare her a failed queen.
Offline - Posted June 19 2018 - 9:15 AM
Does anybody know if this species have satellite nest?. If not that would explain why they were doing bad with the extra test tube. Which had all the protein. The queen never vistited that testtube. She did not laid eggs due to not eating.
Offline - Posted June 25 2018 - 8:16 AM
Offline - Posted July 5 2018 - 5:06 PM
Ill say there are 20 to 30 eggs.
Here are a few pica of the pupa and the queens chamber.
Offline - Posted July 9 2018 - 11:38 AM
Ill change set up and move them to a colder part of the garage. I had them closer to the wall. Ill try to post a video of then eating their eggs.
Offline - Posted July 10 2018 - 5:35 PM
Offline - Posted July 14 2018 - 3:32 AM
the THA fortress nests are good against argentines because i know pharaoh ants can't even get it.
Offline - Posted July 16 2018 - 1:18 PM
Some pictures of her. Outside for hours running around.
She started this behavoir days after the attack. I hope she calms. I won't check on them for a while.
Offline - Posted August 1 2018 - 12:23 PM
This is my theory. There was a fight when i barely got the colony. One ant lots a leg. I believe she lost her colomy to a worker. Who laid eggs which became reproductives. Them that worker died, both pupa were killed. Which cause her to regain confidence, and go back to her colony.
Pics when she was a rogue queen.
Pic of the last reproductive before being eaten.
Pics of half eaten reproductive. And queen back.on her trone
Pics of pupa all gone. And eggs with larva on the too right corner. This is a few days ago. Will post pics of new brood soon.
Offline - Posted August 2 2018 - 12:07 PM
The queen and 2 workers died. They are all torn to peaces. Only 2 workers left with no larva that I can see. That is the end for this journal for now. Untill I get another colony. I wonder what happened. Any one had any ideas.
Offline - Posted August 3 2018 - 4:08 AM
1. Tar Heel fortress- I think they really thrive when they have a sandy texture nest.
2. 2 ByFormica Galileo feeders with water and another with a sugar water mixture / I mix hummingbird nectar, water, sugar and pancake syrup. Warm up and mix .
3. A cricket cut up into tiny pieces that they can carry back into their nest. Every other or every other 2 days.
4. A heating cable that is always up against the face of the nest, held up by aluminum foil that also covers up the nesting area.
I will probably have 70-80 workers minimum by the end of August. Currently almost 40.
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Offline - Posted September 9 2018 - 10:04 AM
And 4 nanitics pupa. And a docen of eggs. I hope to get the larger workers. With the next generation.
I do like how red they look. The queen has faded yellow spots on her gaster. It looks cool in my opinion. Drew regreted selling me this rare novos. Lol sorry Drew.
Here thet are eateing a sun flower seed. I also gave them an apple. The queen and workers munch on it for a while.
I also gave them a cut cricket. The queen and workers ate half of it. These girls were hungry.
Edited by anttics, September 9 2018 - 10:06 AM.
Offline - Posted September 11 2018 - 4:59 PM
Here is a picture from yesterday.
Today's pic. They have lots of trash. I want to disturbe them only when I feed then. Every 3 days
Here a close one. I take the pictures. as soon as I take their cover. Then cover it back asap. They do not realise I took them. Lol. 1 nanitic more has woken. 4 ants in total. Tomorrow the 5th one will wake up tomorrow.
Offline - Posted September 18 2018 - 12:57 PM
I'm happy with this queen. Very fast, lays eggs all the time. Eats too much. Takes cares even of her workers. By crushing down seeds.
Laying some eggs
This pic is from today. There are 3 almost develop brood. 4 large larva still eating. And maybe 20 eggs, and another 4 larva that just hatch.
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