ooper's Pogonomyrmex occidentalis colony (#1)

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Re: ooper's Pogonomyrmex occidentalis colony (#1)

Post: # 7160Post martinnate
Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:11 am

Thats is so cool. I cant wait to make mine, it will hang on the wall. I bet I can find the answer to my question in the beginning of this post but Im going to ask anyway. Did u start her in a test tube? And if so about how many workers did u get before attaching her to the nest?

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Re: ooper's Pogonomyrmex occidentalis colony (#1)

Post: # 7629Post ooper01
Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:42 pm

martinnate wrote:Thats is so cool. I cant wait to make mine, it will hang on the wall. I bet I can find the answer to my question in the beginning of this post but Im going to ask anyway. Did u start her in a test tube? And if so about how many workers did u get before attaching her to the nest?
Yes, started her in a test tube in August 2014. I actually had around 50 queens just like her and hers is the only colony I have left. I gave away or sold around 10, the others died for various reasons, some due to my inexperience at the time. The first-year hibernation was brutal. Lost quite a few of them. She made it through with 2 workers I think. I moved her into a small formicarium after the first hibernation. She probably had less than 10 workers. I provided heat and plenty of food and they began to grow well. They outgrew the small formicarium, and I provided a small 10" x 12" soil nest. They outgrew that and are now in the 18" x 24". Guessing they are around 500 strong now :)
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Re: ooper's Pogonomyrmex occidentalis colony (#1)

Post: # 7705Post martinnate
Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:30 am

WOW That is awesome, I hope I can find one. Just got back from Vacation #1, I hope I can find time to go look for more Queens b4 Vacation #2 in July.

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Re: ooper's Pogonomyrmex occidentalis colony (#1)

Post: # 17187Post ooper01
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:50 pm

I finally was able to see the queen of this colony! It's been well over a year since I've seen her. Glad I finally did. The colony is doing well. They have slowed a little since I removed the heat source from the nest for the winter. I'll add it back in about a month or so and get them going again.

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