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AusAnts
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Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66270Post AusAnts
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:29 am

technomyrmex cedarenisis Update/timeline

October the 5th: found a technomyrmex cedarenisis queen with wings still attached being attacked by 2 other worker ants. I then saved her and Put her in a vinyl tubing setup.

notes to flight: No rain, little wind, Humid.

October the 7th: checked up on her and she tore of her wings. She also had a few very small eggs.

November the 8th: Checked up on her and there were about 5 newly hatched workers. I moved them into a tubs and tubs setup.

Note: no cocoons.

November the 12th: they have built there own thing in the tube, can no longer see the queen.

November the 22nd: population boom quite a few workers have hatched.

December the 20th: population must be around 50+ workers. From what i have read this is a lot of workers in a 3 month and a half time period from queen to 50 workers.

note: can still not see the queen but i presume shes there as i can see a lot of eggs

December 28th: preping them for a 10 time frame as i will be away. Gave them a honey source along with some fish food
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen: one 30+ workers other 15+ workers
2 x pheidole queen?: 20+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 8 workers

AusAnts
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66391Post AusAnts
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:35 am

Back from my holiday. BIG population boom now at around 100 workers. There current test tube has run dry but i put another in before i left. Currently trying to move them into a nest.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen: one 30+ workers other 15+ workers
2 x pheidole queen?: 20+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 8 workers

megabob
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66447Post megabob
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:49 pm

Hey Ausants, sounds like things are progressing great for you! Can you add some pictures of the setup or describe it a little more? Also, what have you been feeding the ants? Honey and fish food the whole time?

AusAnts
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66476Post AusAnts
Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:44 am

megabob wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:49 pm
Hey Ausants, sounds like things are progressing great for you! Can you add some pictures of the setup or describe it a little more? Also, what have you been feeding the ants? Honey and fish food the whole time?
Hey, I will try get some pics soon. The nest move isn't going as smoothly as i would have thought. i used vinyl tubing But they were slowly figuring out a way to escape. Now i put the nest in the out world hopefully that will work. I think i added a little to much water to the nest though.

I have been feeding them bugs such as frozen cockroachs, crickets, grasshoppers and springtales with a constant source of honey. I fed them fish food because i was away for sometime and i think it doesn't mold as fast.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen: one 30+ workers other 15+ workers
2 x pheidole queen?: 20+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 8 workers

Formicoidea
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66480Post Formicoidea
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:45 am

nice!
I too am looking forward to these pictures.

AusAnts
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66487Post AusAnts
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:47 am

i'll take some pics when they move into there nest.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen: one 30+ workers other 15+ workers
2 x pheidole queen?: 20+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 8 workers

AusAnts
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66490Post AusAnts
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:44 pm

They got raided by another colony. :cry:
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen: one 30+ workers other 15+ workers
2 x pheidole queen?: 20+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 8 workers

AusAnts
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66501Post AusAnts
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:27 pm

stole 3 of there queens and lots of workers/brood, They are a invasive species so should've done something sooner. Doesn't feel nearly as good as bringing up a colony from a single queen. especially if it is your first.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen: one 30+ workers other 15+ workers
2 x pheidole queen?: 20+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 8 workers

heyhowie
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66503Post heyhowie
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:52 am

Bit confused, wasnt it just a single queen colony?

Formicoidea
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66517Post Formicoidea
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:23 pm

i was going to post a very similar comment.

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