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by AntsDakota
Tue May 22, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: AntsDakota's Brachymyrmex queen
Replies: 1
Views: 12

Re: AntsDakota's Brachymyrmex queen

The test tube was flooded! I thought the queen was dead, but she started moving in my hand. I dumped,the water out and re-did the setup.
by AntsDakota
Tue May 22, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Neon Nation Journal
Replies: 5
Views: 22

Re: The Neon Nation Journal

I caught a new one in her claustral cell! I put her in moist sand in a circular plastic container. It is decorated with rocks, pebbles, and sticks. Not as nice as AntsCanada's setups, but better than nothing. I am actually not sure if she is L. neoniger or Brachymyrmex depilis. I'll just have to wai...
by AntsDakota
Tue May 22, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Neon Nation Journal
Replies: 5
Views: 22

Re: The Neon Nation Journal

The queen was dead the next morning.
by AntsDakota
Tue May 22, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Formica workers that grow with colony size?
Replies: 14
Views: 105

Re: Formica workers that grow with colony size?

Batspiderfish wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 10:22 am
Colony age, not worker age*

Arthropods with adult forms like insects stop growing larger after they hit their adult stage (ants at least have stretchy gasters.)
Tetramorium colonies that I've seen have both large and small workers.
by AntsDakota
Mon May 21, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: How often do you feed a "semi claustral" queen?
Replies: 37
Views: 939

Re: How often do you feed a "semi claustral" queen?

Update Week 5 OH WOW!! Her first workers are REALLY CUTE! 8-) :D :D :D :D Housing -Tub and tube set-up Brood - Eggs, larvae and pupae Workers -1 NANITIC WORKER!!! 8-) Temp -80 degrees F I had to check on her today... I know it's not the 11th but.... I was getting worried because the food I was putt...
by AntsDakota
Mon May 21, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: AntsDakota's Lasius niger Colony (need name suggestions)
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Re: AntsDakota's Lasius niger Colony (need name suggestions)

I decided to place my newly caught Lasius neoniger queen (read about her in The Neon Nation journal) into my L niger colony. The workers approached the queen several times, yet left her alone. If the queen is not accepted into my colony and lives, she will develop the colony's pheromone and the work...
by AntsDakota
Mon May 21, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Neon Nation Journal
Replies: 5
Views: 22

Re: The Neon Nation Journal

I will continue her story on the topic AntsDakota's Lasius niger Colony (need name suggestions). So, there will be no Neon Nation until this fall.
by AntsDakota
Mon May 21, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Formica workers that grow with colony size?
Replies: 14
Views: 105

Re: Formica workers that grow with colony size?

idahoantgirl wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 2:09 pm
I can definetly tell younger workers from older ones in my mature tetramorium colony. The older ones are smaller than the younger ones, only by 1/2 to 1 millimeter, but it is very noticeable to the eye.
To me they look like different castes, but they are actually different ages?
by AntsDakota
Mon May 21, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Formica workers that grow with colony size?
Replies: 14
Views: 105

Re: Formica workers that grow with colony size?

I would want to be sure they aren't Camponotus , since Formica argentea is monomorphic. Camponotus are not polygynous, yet the colonies that I have found commonly have multiple queens. So I'm almost 100% sure that they are Formica. Are there any other Formica species that are polymorphic and look l...
by AntsDakota
Mon May 21, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Neon Nation Journal
Replies: 5
Views: 22

Re: The Neon Nation Journal

If you caught her recently, she is probably lasius niger. Lasius Neoniger flies in the fall. I had a lasius neoniger queen with a missing antenna, and she raised a colony to 12 workers before I accidentally left their test tube in a sunlit window sil. :oops: :shock: :? So there is hope :) I found h...