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Re: Ausants ants journal

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:14 am
by AusAnts
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.

Re: Ausants ants journal

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:02 am
by AusAnts
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

Re: Ausants ants journal

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:58 pm
by megabob
That's a cool trick! I will try that in the spring :)

Re: Ausants ants journal

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:22 pm
by AusAnts
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.

Re: Ausants ants journal

Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:21 am
by AusAnts
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