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by JDSweetMeat
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Pupae cases are almost black...
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Pupae cases are almost black...

Basically, as stated in the title. I have some pupa who should be eclosing any day now. Some of the cases are starting to turn black. Now, I know pupa cases are supposed to darken before eclosing, but I've never seen anything this drastic in my formica ants. Could it be dead somehow? What does a dea...
by JDSweetMeat
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Polyergus/F. Subscericea Setup
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Polyergus/F. Subscericea Setup

So the colony is protecting itself from raids by blocking the entrance? Clever girls! Now I am unfamiliar with that species but wouldn't the slavemaker ants only need so many 'foreign workers' to get their colony going? As i understand it, a queen only needs slaves in the beginning. They're there t...
by JDSweetMeat
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Polyergus/F. Subscericea Setup
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Polyergus/F. Subscericea Setup

So the colony is protecting itself from raids by blocking the entrance? Clever girls! Now I am unfamiliar with that species but wouldn't the slavemaker ants only need so many 'foreign workers' to get their colony going? As i understand it, a queen only needs slaves in the beginning. They're there t...
by JDSweetMeat
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Polyergus/F. Subscericea Setup
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Re: Polyergus/F. Subscericea Setup

So, an interesting opportunity recently arose. I have a friend who raised a mature colony of F. Subscericea, and he is moving away and offered to give me the colony. It looks to have between 500 and 2000 ants (it's hard to tell because his setup is natural and I can't see in most of their nest). La...
by JDSweetMeat
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: The GAN Project (Global Ant Nursery)
Topic: Illinois Ant locations and/or GAN farmers
Replies: 3
Views: 1107

Re: Illinois Ant locations and/or GAN farmers

Never heard of a fungal growing species in Illinois, I live around the Chicago suburbs, it’s too late for prenolepis right now but tell me more about the fungal ants. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trachymyrmex_septentrionalis They're basically just northern leafcutter ants, based on this article.
by JDSweetMeat
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Polyergus/F. Subscericea Setup
Replies: 5
Views: 149

Polyergus/F. Subscericea Setup

So, an interesting opportunity recently arose. I have a friend who raised a mature colony of F. Subscericea, and he is moving away and offered to give me the colony. It looks to have between 500 and 2000 ants (it's hard to tell because his setup is natural and I can't see in most of their nest). Las...
by JDSweetMeat
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 819

Re: Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen replacement

Somebody on YouTube got ants to mate in captivity. I would do the following to increase the odds of it occurring: 1.) Get a very very large plastic container. 2.) Create a humid environment in the container. 3.) Set it up so that the ants have as much room as possible to "fly." 4.) Turn all the ligh...
by JDSweetMeat
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: found 3 queens
Replies: 3
Views: 2871

Re: found 3 queens

The second and third picture look very similar to Tetramorium queens. The segmented thorax rules them out as any Formica or Camponotus species. Likewise, they don't have the physical characteristics of Lasius queens. Their gasters are alsk too large to be any Myrmica variant I've seen. Given that yo...
by JDSweetMeat
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus eggs aren't hatching?
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Camponotus Pennsylvanicus eggs aren't hatching?

I captured 3 Camponotus Pennsylvanicus queens in a couple rotting logs a couple months back. I'm fairly certain that the queens didn't have brood because I caught them early in their reproductive cycle (the queens from last year don't usually lay eggs until mid Spring). All three are in standard tes...
by JDSweetMeat
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.
Replies: 13
Views: 2264

Re: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

I hope to see this colony grow as well. Monomorium was one of my target genus but had no luck my first year locating them. I found too many. My little 7-year old son would come in the house with 2 or 3 and finally I just had to tell him I had enough of these queens. I probably collected 70-80 of th...