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Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32697Post AntsOntario
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:32 pm

Hi,
About a month ago, there was a huge nuptial flight with many species. I managed to catch 13 Solenopsis Molesta queens and turns out they're polygynous. I decided to leave a honey-soaked cotton ball during this entire process, and it seemed to speed things up. It took them about 3 days to lay their first batch of eggs, but it was worth it. They laid a huge batch of eggs. I'd estimate around 40 - 60. They all hatched after about a week and stayed in the larvae stage for an additional 2. Unfortunately, they killed the weakest queen and fed it to their larvae.
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Since Friday (Oct 27th), workers have been enclosing at a steady rate, and I'd say they have around 10 workers. So far I've noticed:
- The nanitics are TINY.
- They like honey
- They aren't disturbed by light
- They're TINY.
The queens are only a couple mm's long, but the workers..! They're the size of the queen's antenna haha.
Anyway, any tips on this species would be appreciated. Thanks for reading.
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QUEENS IN FOUNDING //
- (13 Queens) Solonopsis Molesta
COLONIES //
- (3 Queens) Prenelopis Imparis

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Re: Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32756Post PTasker15
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:36 am

OMG This Accedintuly Helped Me!I HAVE A S.MOLESTA COLONY NOT A L.HUMILE THX!Here My Colony Of Them!
These Are My Pretty,Pretty Queens

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Re: Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32757Post PTasker15
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:41 am

These Are My Pretty,Pretty Queens

Proud Owner Of;A Odontomachis Clarus Queen,A RIFA Colony,1 Pheidole Texana Colony,A Paratrechina Lonchicornus Colony,A Nylanderia Fulva Colony,Lasius Neoniger,And Ponera pennsylvanica

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Re: Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32760Post AntsOntario
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:18 pm

PTasker15 wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:36 am
OMG This Accedintuly Helped Me!I HAVE A S.MOLESTA COLONY NOT A L.HUMILE THX!Here My Colony Of Them!
Glad I could help! :D
Owner of;
QUEENS IN FOUNDING //
- (13 Queens) Solonopsis Molesta
COLONIES //
- (3 Queens) Prenelopis Imparis

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Re: Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32761Post AntsOntario
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:50 pm

Since my last update, about 20 workers have enclosed, and the colony only has around 20 larvae left. I fed them some almonds and honey and they've been eating so much. Such a big appetite for such small ants.
I should've hibernated them by now, but they aren't showing any signs of slowing down. I've kept them at around 19 degrees (66.2 Fahrenheit) and they don't seem to mind.
These colonies don't last very long. They normally live in/near homes so temperatures stay consistent over winter. I'm assuming since they grow so fast, they reach colony maturity quite fast, and the queens die off soon after their nuptial flight. The queens in this species are extremely small and fragile. Luckily, since their so polygonus, I'll just add in more queens next year.
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QUEENS IN FOUNDING //
- (13 Queens) Solonopsis Molesta
COLONIES //
- (3 Queens) Prenelopis Imparis

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Re: Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32783Post antsRlife
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:23 pm

there really cool. keep us updated during there time. also over hibernation better start thinking of moving them into a formacarium.
founding queens:
x2 componotus consobrinus
x1 iridimrmex bicknelli
x5+ Linepithema humile
x1 unknown queen (either phiodole or camponotus)

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Re: Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32805Post Gavinthesheep1234567
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:08 pm

Cool keep us posted
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Re: Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32806Post Gavinthesheep1234567
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:08 pm

I think I may have a colony of this species not sure though
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Re: Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32814Post PTasker15
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:06 pm

AntsOntario wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:18 pm
PTasker15 wrote:
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:36 am
OMG This Accedintuly Helped Me!I HAVE A S.MOLESTA COLONY NOT A L.HUMILE THX!Here My Colony Of Them!
Glad I could help! :D
Umm My Workers All Died.The Queen Is Fine.Theres A Worker That Should Expose Tommorow.So..How Do I Get Them To Steal Brood?Also,Can I Use Brood From Solenopsis Invicta?
These Are My Pretty,Pretty Queens

Proud Owner Of;A Odontomachis Clarus Queen,A RIFA Colony,1 Pheidole Texana Colony,A Paratrechina Lonchicornus Colony,A Nylanderia Fulva Colony,Lasius Neoniger,And Ponera pennsylvanica

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Re: Ant Journal | Solenopsis Molesta (Thief Ants)

Post: # 32815Post antsRlife
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:17 pm

maybe? just do some testing on different types of eggs and lave
founding queens:
x2 componotus consobrinus
x1 iridimrmex bicknelli
x5+ Linepithema humile
x1 unknown queen (either phiodole or camponotus)

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