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Hitch3’s Melophorus sp. Journal

Post: # 35351Post Hitch3
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:23 am

Hi all!

So recently I was digging out holes for fence posts with my mother. She pulled out a chunk of dirt and layed it gently on the ground so I could examine the dirt for any ants or queens. Well low and behold, one of them has a whole colony inside! I desperately picked up the ants that I could with a cotton ball. I wasn’t able to get any brood, but I did manage to find the queen, 10 majors, and around 7 minor workers. I put them all in a plastic container, and that seemed to contain them. Interestingly, they could climb the plastic, but they never tried to get out of it.

At this point, I was rushing back to my house so that I could get them into a test tube. I decided their was too much risk of injury to the ants if I forcefully put them into a test tube, so I simply put the test tube in the little container. I also attempted (and succeeded) in containing the ants with a petroleum jelly/Vaseline barrier. One hour later, the ants had found and moved into the test tube. I checked to see if there were any any ants in the container , and when I saw that there were none, I just sealed the test tube.

I decided that I would use the container as an outworld, so I just put more dirt in, flattened it out, put the test tube back in, and had them in a proper setup!

Now I had time to admire them. I had never really looked closely but they had so many different castes! There actually looked like their was two different species in there! I have done some surfing on the web, and have identified them as Melophorus sp.

Now before I go, here are some pictures!



Sorry for the low quality of the picture of the colony, I will try to get a better one next update!

Cheers! :D :D

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12x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
Polyarhis sp

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Re: Hitch3’s Melophorus sp. Journal

Post: # 35353Post antnest8
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:30 am

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1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony

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