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Wed May 16, 2018 7:00 pm

Ponera pennsylvanica:

I have been attempting keeping Ponera pennsylvanica over several years. This year I have 6 queen all with eggs, a pile of 8 eggs being the most. I also caught a small colony of 5 queens and some workers.

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Aphaenogaster rudis:

I have caught a small colony of Aphaenogaster rudis in April. I can find tons of starting and mature colonies of Aphaenogaster under stones and logs in wooded areas. Right now they have a fair amount of workers and tons of brood.

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Aphaenogaster tennesseensis:

These in case anyone doesn't know are parasitic Aphaenogaster. Right now the queen is sitting with 5 A. rudis workers with some pupa and she has recently laid some eggs. They also made some neat tunnels with pulled cotton.

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Formica incerta:

Caught a small colony of these under a stone coming out of hibernation at the beginning of April. They have a batch of eggs going.

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Temnothorax schaumii:

Caught these under some bark of a maple tree in March. They have laid quite a few eggs by now.

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Myrmica sp.

This is the smaller of the 2 species I have. They were pretty active when I first put them into their setup, but they settled down shortly after I fed them.

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Myrmica sp.

This is the larger of the 2 species I have. They were also very active until I fed them. I have 2 queens so far both with eggs.

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Camponotus chromaiodes:

My favorite Camponotus in my area. They are huge and decently colorful. I have caught 2 queens recently with no eggs.

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Strumigenys sp.

Saved best for last! I don't have high expectations for them but I sure would love to get these going. I have only fed them springtails so far which I have seen them hunt and kill. Found a small colony of them under a stone.

Note - this picture was taken before modifications were made in order to see them somewhat clearly as they are only 1.5 mm long.
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The top one is the queen.


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