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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 36773Post AntsDakota
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:36 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:24 pm
AntsDakota wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:14 pm
You're right. They didn't accept it. So I fed them a wax worm, which my Lasius niger colony seemed to enjoy, and hemolymph (if that's what wax worms have for blood) came spilling out when I cut it in half. Wax worms have a very soft exoskeleton compared to meal worms, so do you think they'll eat that?
They might, but I really stand by offering small insects to small ants. Even though moth larvae have softer exoskeletons, they're still pretty tough and rubbery for a tiny Ponera. The natural food of Ponera are tiny springtails and the likes. I maintain that fruit flies are the best commercially available food for small ants and young colonies.
The inside of the wax worm was exposed directly to the ants, since I cut it in half.
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 36774Post AntsDakota
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:38 pm

About your pm, Ponera is the only genus of ants in SD that has that oblong body shape, and P pennsylvanica is the only Ponera species in SD. And yes, I did get a video of them, yet I don't have an account on imgur.com.
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 36787Post Batspiderfish
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:10 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:38 pm
About your pm, Ponera is the only genus of ants in SD that has that oblong body shape, and P pennsylvanica is the only Ponera species in SD. And yes, I did get a video of them, yet I don't have an account on imgur.com.
Oh, that was about Camponotus! :lol:

Why not get an account? Don't you want to show off pictures of your colonies?
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 38271Post AntsDakota
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:01 pm

I added 2 more queens, so the colony has four queens, yet still no eggs.
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 38850Post AntsDakota
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:58 am

I fed them 10 or 15 fruit files, and they took to them instantly. I haven't got to buying fruit flies until recently, so I haven't had anything to feed them since then. I'll bet that they'll start laying eggs now that they are feasting like queens! :lol:
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 40393Post AntsDakota
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:06 pm

All workers are dead, probably due to old age. One of the queens I believe was a different species, so she's been gone a long time. I believe Bala Real is also dead, since she already had workers, and now they died. The 2 queens I have left originally didn't have workers. I gave them fruit flies and they adore them. They just can't have enough!
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 40683Post antnest8
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:17 am

im sorry about Bala Real. are you sure that she was a queen because i can hardly tell the difference of looks just from pictures.
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 40869Post AntsDakota
Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:41 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:17 am
im sorry about Bala Real. are you sure that she was a queen because i can hardly tell the difference of looks just from pictures.
All queens were about 2 mm larger than the workers, and they had big, fat gasters. I don't think this species is polymorphic, yet there are bigger ants here. They must be queens.
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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 40990Post AntsDakota
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:35 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:10 pm
AntsDakota wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:38 pm
About your pm, Ponera is the only genus of ants in SD that has that oblong body shape, and P pennsylvanica is the only Ponera species in SD. And yes, I did get a video of them, yet I don't have an account on imgur.com.
Oh, that was about Camponotus! :lol:

Why not get an account? Don't you want to show off pictures of your colonies?
I found pictures of Camponotus discolor, and they match the ants I'm seeing 100%, both queens, workers, majors, and males. They are recorded in North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, so I am pretty sure that it's possible that they can survive here in SD.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: AntsDakota's Ponera pennsylvanica colony

Post: # 41217Post AntsDakota
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:54 pm

There is only one queen left, and still no eggs. I fed her a couple of fruit flies.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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