AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

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AntsDakota
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 36773Post AntsDakota
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:36 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:24 pm
AntsDakota wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:14 pm
You're right. They didn't accept it. So I fed them a wax worm, which my Lasius niger colony seemed to enjoy, and hemolymph (if that's what wax worms have for blood) came spilling out when I cut it in half. Wax worms have a very soft exoskeleton compared to meal worms, so do you think they'll eat that?
They might, but I really stand by offering small insects to small ants. Even though moth larvae have softer exoskeletons, they're still pretty tough and rubbery for a tiny Ponera. The natural food of Ponera are tiny springtails and the likes. I maintain that fruit flies are the best commercially available food for small ants and young colonies.
The inside of the wax worm was exposed directly to the ants, since I cut it in half.
"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

AntsDakota
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 36774Post AntsDakota
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:38 pm

About your pm, Ponera is the only genus of ants in SD that has that oblong body shape, and P pennsylvanica is the only Ponera species in SD. And yes, I did get a video of them, yet I don't have an account on imgur.com.
"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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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 36787Post Batspiderfish
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:10 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:38 pm
About your pm, Ponera is the only genus of ants in SD that has that oblong body shape, and P pennsylvanica is the only Ponera species in SD. And yes, I did get a video of them, yet I don't have an account on imgur.com.
Oh, that was about Camponotus! :lol:

Why not get an account? Don't you want to show off pictures of your colonies?
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

AntsDakota
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 38271Post AntsDakota
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:01 pm

I added 2 more queens, so the colony has four queens, yet still no eggs.
"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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