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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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antnest8
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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
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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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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Re: AAU's Journals

Post: # 50450Post AntsAreUs
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:42 pm

I guess I haven't been updating my journals as I planned to. For now, all I can say is the most important change (what I care about) is that I now have 2 Stigmatomma pallipes colonies. I recently made a video showing off a feeding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87_13q7VZDs

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Re: AAU's Journals

Post: # 50484Post Bierschneeman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:45 am

actually the Ponera is the one I am most interested in.

(well, also the Stigmatomma)
as these two are of two subfamilies not as easily encountered in the USA. You have plenty of Myrmicinae, and plenty of Formicinae, but these two stand out as harder to find. (Here its those two and Dolcherdinae that are easy.)

How did you come across them? Nuptials? or purchased perhaps through GAN?

You mentioned several years of attempting to keep the Ponera. Is this the same colony through those years, or have you gone through several?
How old is that small colony?
Founding:
3 Solenopsis I/X
5 Tapinoma sessile
1 Nylanderia terricola/vivulda

Colonies:
1 Brachymyrmex patagonicus
1 Pheidole soritis
1 Tapinoma sessile

The difference between a hobby and a scientific pursuit, is detailed notes.

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Re: AAU's Journals

Post: # 50662Post antnest8
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:24 pm

i would like to also know how you found both ponera and stigmatomma queens?
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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Re: AAU's Journals

Post: # 51157Post AntsDakota
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:46 pm

Bierschneeman wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:45 am
actually the Ponera is the one I am most interested in.

(well, also the Stigmatomma)
as these two are of two subfamilies not as easily encountered in the USA. You have plenty of Myrmicinae, and plenty of Formicinae, but these two stand out as harder to find. (Here its those two and Dolcherdinae that are easy.)

How did you come across them? Nuptials? or purchased perhaps through GAN?

You mentioned several years of attempting to keep the Ponera. Is this the same colony through those years, or have you gone through several?
How old is that small colony?
Ponera pennsylvanica is actually very common in my area. I also came upon a S. pallipes colony once, but they died.
"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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