drowned, but now i know

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Bierschneeman
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drowned, but now i know

Post: # 47236Post Bierschneeman
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:24 am

the third queen i collected drowned.

so i clean out my collection jars inbetween each time i queen walk. apparently one of the jars had the tiniest amount of water in it, because when i got home, i lined up my queens and my test tubes only to find that one had drowned in a single drop of water. (she was the first of that day, third overall)

i live, i learn.

i am now extremely meticulous when clean the jars, always wiping them bone dry to prevent this from happening again.
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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idahoantgirl
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Location: Idaho, USA

Re: drowned, but now i know

Post: # 47255Post idahoantgirl
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:19 pm

She isn't dead!!! It is ridiculously hard to drown queens. Like rlly hard. One drop definitely would not do it. she was just waterlogged. She most likely revive after a while.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
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.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

Bierschneeman
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Re: drowned, but now i know

Post: # 47313Post Bierschneeman
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:57 am

ohh she dead.
i had dumped her on a paper towel, cleaned the jar. ate. then took another 45 minute walk.

when i got back she was dry and stretched out on her back, even the whole time after while i was attempting to magnify so i could properly identify.

this was also a week ago, so even if after all that she wasnt, she is now.
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.

AntsDakota
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Location: South Dakota

Re: drowned, but now i know

Post: # 48393Post AntsDakota
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:08 pm

Too bad. What species was she?
"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

Bierschneeman
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Location: louisiana

Re: drowned, but now i know

Post: # 48400Post Bierschneeman
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:22 pm

most likely Solenopsis invicta.
so, like 80% of the ants im finding.
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.

AntsDakota
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Location: South Dakota

Re: drowned, but now i know

Post: # 50399Post AntsDakota
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:05 pm

If only Solenopsis molesta was more common down south. They have the capability to kill RIFA colonies. (although I don't think that happens very often) I just feel so bad for the native ants that Solenopsis invicta eats alive.
"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

Bierschneeman
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Location: louisiana

Re: drowned, but now i know

Post: # 50490Post Bierschneeman
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:37 pm

I do have a LOT of Forelius colonies around my house.
They aggressively kill solo Solenopsis invicta queens.
but only passively compete with established colonies, seems the more of these the less invicta I see, but its slow and they need my help. (like covering the hole of the new nest the invicta were trying to move into under my doorjam with cinnamon....they decided against moving in there :D )
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.

AntsDakota
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Joined: Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:22 pm
Location: South Dakota

Re: drowned, but now i know

Post: # 51791Post AntsDakota
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:31 pm

Forelius sounds so cool. I wish they were common in my area, even though they are native to South Dakota.
"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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