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AusAnts
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Location: Darwin,Australia

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:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

AusAnts
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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:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

megabob
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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 :)

AusAnts
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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:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

AusAnts
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Location: Darwin,Australia

Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 66857Post AusAnts
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:21 am

sadly 4 of the 6 queens have died. However i caught 4 more last night including my first campo (1 camponotus, 3 Nylanderia). i have gotten the identification for the 2 other species they are pheidole and Nylanderia.

Here are some photos: https://imgur.com/a/nUJuLy0
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

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drshan
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Location: Perth, Western Australia

Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 68950Post drshan
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:40 pm

Hey mate, Would love an update on the collection. :)
2 x Rhytidoponera metallica 5 - 9 workers.
1 x Iridomyrmex bicknelli 40+ workers
1 x Camponotus Sp 8 workers
Founding : 12+

4 x Selenotypus Sp
2 x Rose Hair Plumpies
1 x PHLOGIUS SP.
1 x Desert Scorpion
23 x Rainforest Scorpion

BluMoon
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Location: Australia

Re: Ausants ants journal

Post: # 69216Post BluMoon
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:14 pm

Hi AusAnts,

Really cool to hear about your ant colonies :D

What kind of environment did you give your Strobe Ants?

Hopefully they are alive and doing well.

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