The Infamous Ponera Pennsylvanica. I need Help.

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Martialis
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Re: The Infamous Ponera Pennsylvanica. I need Help.

Post: # 13790Post Martialis
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:31 pm

Canadiananter wrote:I have heard them eat boiled yolks as a substitute for live insects
? Mine only eats dead feeder insects.
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Re: The Infamous Ponera Pennsylvanica. I need Help.

Post: # 13838Post Canadiananter
Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:03 am

Mine only ate living flies

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Re: The Infamous Ponera Pennsylvanica. I need Help.

Post: # 13915Post Martialis
Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:37 am

Canadiananter wrote:Mine only ate living flies
Well I haven't tried live yet. My order of springtails should arrive today.
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Re: The Infamous Ponera Pennsylvanica. I need Help.

Post: # 31825Post kykel09
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:40 am

The last post was August of last year...

Did the queen survive? How is she doing if she did?

I have one right now, got her all the way to a worker with 2 additional larvae so far. I keep her in a test tube with a nice base of sand inside, enough for her to dig her own tiny tunnels. I hydrate her soil almost daily with several drops of water from a pippet. If you don't have one, you could also place a small piece of moist cotton in the tube and squeeze it out against the sand to hydrate. Just be careful not to flood the tube itself. My research has shown they are picky eater, sometimes eating egg yolk or frozen fruit flies and some times eating only living flies or even rejecting both. I have not seen anyone say they don't like springtails though.

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Re: The Infamous Ponera Pennsylvanica. I need Help.

Post: # 35820Post AntsDakota
Wed May 09, 2018 4:45 pm

Today I caught a young colony of Ponera Pennsylvanica with 1 queen and 8 workers. Yet I was unable to find any brood. This topic is giving me some good advice.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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