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AAU's Journals

Post: # 36026Post AntsAreUs
Wed May 16, 2018 7:00 pm

Ponera pennsylvanica:

I have been attempting keeping Ponera pennsylvanica over several years. This year I have 6 queen all with eggs, a pile of 8 eggs being the most. I also caught a small colony of 5 queens and some workers.

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Aphaenogaster rudis:

I have caught a small colony of Aphaenogaster rudis in April. I can find tons of starting and mature colonies of Aphaenogaster under stones and logs in wooded areas. Right now they have a fair amount of workers and tons of brood.

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Aphaenogaster tennesseensis:

These in case anyone doesn't know are parasitic Aphaenogaster. Right now the queen is sitting with 5 A. rudis workers with some pupa and she has recently laid some eggs. They also made some neat tunnels with pulled cotton.

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Formica incerta:

Caught a small colony of these under a stone coming out of hibernation at the beginning of April. They have a batch of eggs going.

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Temnothorax schaumii:

Caught these under some bark of a maple tree in March. They have laid quite a few eggs by now.

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Myrmica sp.

This is the smaller of the 2 species I have. They were pretty active when I first put them into their setup, but they settled down shortly after I fed them.

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Myrmica sp.

This is the larger of the 2 species I have. They were also very active until I fed them. I have 2 queens so far both with eggs.

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Camponotus chromaiodes:

My favorite Camponotus in my area. They are huge and decently colorful. I have caught 2 queens recently with no eggs.

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Strumigenys sp.

Saved best for last! I don't have high expectations for them but I sure would love to get these going. I have only fed them springtails so far which I have seen them hunt and kill. Found a small colony of them under a stone.

Note - this picture was taken before modifications were made in order to see them somewhat clearly as they are only 1.5 mm long.
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The top one is the queen.


Feel free to ask any questions!

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Re: AAU's Journals

Post: # 36322Post AntsAreUs
Thu May 24, 2018 9:34 pm

I just put the Strumigenys pergandei into their new petri dish setup. Got some nice pictures in their "natural habitat." Nothing really new about them and still no eggs that I can see. If they do lay any eggs, I will only notice it if they are in a sizable pile.

New setup:
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Queen and worker:
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Head view for identification (pretty sure it is S. pergandei):
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Re: AAU's Journals

Post: # 36324Post Hitch3
Fri May 25, 2018 12:37 am

Those are some awesome photos and that last ant is sick looking :) :lol:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvjcyJWitRSztq51HziS0Dg

Keeping:
2x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
2 x Nylanderia sp
Camponotus Consobrinus
Pheidole sp
Rhytidoponera metallica

Founding:
Pheidole sp
2x Cremogaster
12x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
Polyarhis sp

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Re: AAU's Journals

Post: # 36328Post antnest8
Fri May 25, 2018 5:29 am

wow how did you get the last photo?
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony

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Re: AAU's Journals

Post: # 36356Post AntsAreUs
Fri May 25, 2018 8:13 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 5:29 am
wow how did you get the last photo?
Through a USB microscope.

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Re: AAU's Journals

Post: # 36358Post AntsAreUs
Fri May 25, 2018 8:24 pm

Kind of unrelated, but I'd like to show off my picture of Stigmatomma pallipes.

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And this one isn't too great, but it is a queen.
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