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AntsDakota
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New Myrmica colony

Post: # 37230Post AntsDakota
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:29 pm

I captured a very young Myrmica colony with 2 workers. I believe they are Myrmica americana, yet I am not sure. I named the queen Quemadura Oscura (Dark Burn). Is their care relatively the same as Myrmica rubra, that I've heard so much about?
"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: New Myrmica colony

Post: # 39090Post AntsDakota
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:15 pm

Caught another M.americana colony the way AntsCanada caught his. It had about 400 workers and 5 queens, yet 3 queens and 150 workers escaped when I was changing their setup and it came apart, spilling it's contents all over the floor. :o :x That leaves 250 workers and 2 queens. The original colony had 400-500 workers. How old is it? Can they get as big as Myrmica rubra?
"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

AntsDakota
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Re: New Myrmica colony

Post: # 39565Post AntsDakota
Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:53 pm

They seem to filling the test tube I gave them with dirt, and flooding it, so they moved into the tube. I will try and fill their outworld with dirt and make it a naturalistic setup. I have them in what Ants Australia calls a "tubs and tubes setup".
"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: New Myrmica colony

Post: # 40527Post AntsDakota
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:53 pm

They don't seem to forage and just sit around inside the nest. The workers look gorged with honey so I think they're full.
"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: New Myrmica colony

Post: # 42062Post AntsDakota
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:11 pm

I moved them to a test tube and only counted around 80 or so workers and 1 queen. :(
"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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