Pseudomyrmex gracilis

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Tethiner
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Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Post: # 47284Post Tethiner
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:51 pm

I have an established colony of Psudomyrmex gracilis.
They are currently residing in an omninest and nesting in the outworld. I would really like them to relocate into the formicarium portion, at least so I can clean their outworld. Any suggestions?
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The long story:
This colony took up residence in the flashing of my daughters window. At that location their future was very limited. I saved them and relocated them into this omninest. In the picture the grey looking object is a part of the flashing. I know they like tight spaces so I included some bark from the azalea tree right outside of that window. They seem to be doing very well, I have seen no indication of any stress and appears that the colony is getting larger. I assumed they would outgrow the bark and move....
It appears they are outgrowing it, but are stubbornly not leaving.
They know the formicarium is there. I have seen them exploring it. I closed all the gates so only the 1 floor of the omni nest is open.
I covered the omninest so it would be dark, although it is not perfectly covered or even covered well.

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Re: Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Post: # 47290Post idahoantgirl
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:59 pm

it looks like the tubing connecting the outworld to the nest is very long. I would change it to be a few inches at most. Ants don't like moving their queen and brood over such a long distance. Also if you don't hydrate the bark it will dry out ad they will be forced to find somewhere else.
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consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Post: # 47293Post TheRealAntMan
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:18 pm

Pseudomyrmex is a large ant species that is quite fond of foraging quite far from the nest. You could temporarily change the large tubing to a small piece and if/when they move you can change it back.
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Re: Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Post: # 47311Post Tethiner
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:57 am

I did have the formicarium attached to the out-world, however I removed it to cover it and to create some distance between the formicarium and the outworld. I could reattach it but that does not give them much room to move around. Like Antman said, they are a species that needs a lot of space. Where I found their nest and where they were foraging was over 30ft, from the bushes across a sidewalk and up two stories into the window flashing.
I like the idea of shortening the tubing to ~3 inches. Then when (hopefully) they move I can increase it.
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