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AusAnts
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Location: Darwin,Australia

Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66518Post AusAnts
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:33 pm

ah, so i accidentally left the lid the tinniest bit open and a box was touching the wall. I house my ants in containers on a table with all 4 legs covered in vaseline. a invasive pheidole colony found them and killed the technomyrmex cedarenisis colony. When i found out they did this, i then went to their nest and stole 3 of there queen ants with lots of workers and brood.

I will probably still use this journal for a opisthopsis sp colony, which i find they are very interesting ants but they grow slow and a pheidole colony.
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

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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66700Post antnest8
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:35 am

Ahh that makes sense, Good luck with the Pheidole colony :D , also sorry about your last one. :(

AusAnts
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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66769Post AusAnts
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:14 am

Opisthopsis Update.
In the last few days i have noticed that the Opisthopsis colony had 8-9 pupae. Today and yesterday most it has been hatching. I have noticed a rise in activity in the outworld as they have unblocked themselves. I am planning to move them into a small Ytong nest as soon as i get a hold of some dry dirt.

Iridomyrmex bicknelli update.
The colony is about 30 workers+ strong and the Queen has been busy laying lots of eggs. I Recently "tried" to move them into a nest but they weren't big enough, so they moved into 1 of 3 places: under the nest, Into some cracks that the nest has on the exterior ( Ytong nest put directly into there outworld) or the hydration holes. I put a dark test tube in just in case they need to move back. I will probably keep them where ever they are so to not stress them.
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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Joined: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:09 am
Location: Darwin,Australia

Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66776Post AusAnts
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:02 am

Nuptial flight update.
after some heavy monsoonal rain. i put all house lights on and hoped that the Queens would come to me.
I caught 3 species i have not identified all 5mm and smaller. I hope :? that they are fully clustrial and mated. When i was putting a Queen away i saw it break off it's wings which was a cool sight to see.
No of Queens caught: 6
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

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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66788Post megabob
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:58 pm

That's a cool trick! I will try that in the spring :)

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Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66789Post AusAnts
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:22 pm

megabob wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:58 pm
That's a cool trick! I will try that in the spring :)
it's a good trick. But there is a higher chance that the Queens are infertile and they seem to hang onto there wings for longer.
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

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