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Dspdrew's Pheidole hyatti Journal [205] (Updated 2-5-2024)

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#61 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 23 2017 - 3:34 AM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Update 7-23-2017

I found a new queen in Wild Crossing, California on 7-10-2017. I found it wandering around on the ground at night, so I assume they flew a little earlier. I tried putting it in one of my dirt box setups, but it just sat there and didn't want to dig, so I put it in one of my small founding formicariums instead. It now has a big pile of eggs.

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#62 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 9 2017 - 8:51 AM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Update 8-9-2017


This queen just got its first workers a few days ago.

#63 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 28 2018 - 4:17 PM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Update 1-28-2018


The workers slowly died off and then the queen too some time last week.

#64 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 12 2019 - 6:29 PM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

I just recently sold this colony.


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#65 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 10 2023 - 10:05 PM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA
Update 11-10-2023
It's been a long time since I last updated this journal, but I finally found a P. hyatti queen that so far has been pretty successful. I've actually done pretty well with Pheidole this season, and the funny thing is, all three of my so-far-successful Pheidole species/colonies came from the one and only single queen I found of each this season.
I found this P. hyatti queen near Cactus City, CA on 8-22-2023 while I was out primarily looking for M. placodops queens.
The colony is already up to about 200 workers with 15 or so majors. They seem to be even more aggressive than my P. vistana colony when catching live fruit flies or other small insects.


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#66 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 11 2023 - 3:44 AM


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You’re killing it with the Pheidole!
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#67 Offline 100lols - Posted November 12 2023 - 9:31 AM


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Seriously happy to see you having success with these beautiful species of Pheidole this season. Thanks for the update!!

I’m really wishing for a multi-queen colony of these some day like you’ve had in the past.

#68 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 5 2024 - 6:16 AM

  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Update 2-5-2024

This colony is still doing great. They have about 500 workers now.








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#69 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted February 5 2024 - 7:40 AM


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Wow, keep it up and soon you will have 1000 or more workers!

Currently keeping
1.Camponotus vicinus. 5 workers
2.Camponotus modoc. 5 workers
3. Camponotus hyatti. 1 worker
4.Veromessor pergandei. founding
5 Linepithema humile. 70-100 workers 5 queens
6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers

I want: Atta,Myrmecia,Myrmica,Myrmecocystus

#70 Offline BleepingBleepers - Posted February 5 2024 - 5:29 PM


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I love some of these journals but I think they're starting to have a bad effect on me....


Makes me want to get more ants :blush:  :lol:


To Self: Calm down, no more ants, 2 species is enough, just shut up and stop thinking about it, 2 ants, you promised yourself. Just stop considering it. No....not maybe, just no, STOP IT!


Awesome colonies, Drew.


Love the pics and videos.

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JOURNAL: Camponotus CA02 - First Time At Ant Keeping CLICK HERE

JOURNAL: Ectomomyrmex cf. astutus - Ant Species #2 CLICK HERE

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