My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

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AntsJoshie
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My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

Post: # 57165Post AntsJoshie
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:36 pm

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The images are huge, so if you have low bandwidth I wouldn't advise viewing them, but here is the rest of the gallery :D

https://imgur.com/a/vkCexV6

Any criticism is fine, I am open to suggestions on changing how it is.

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Re: My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

Post: # 57175Post JoeHostile1
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:08 am

I’m not even sure what I’m lookint at, but looks amazing. Did they make that? I mean obviously they didn’t tie the sticks together, but they made that papery substance?
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Re: My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

Post: # 57190Post AntsDakota
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:44 am

JoeHostile1 wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:08 am
I’m not even sure what I’m lookint at, but looks amazing. Did they make that? I mean obviously they didn’t tie the sticks together, but they made that papery substance?
Honestly I don't think that web-like material is store bought or hand made.
"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: My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

Post: # 57191Post AntsDakota
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:45 am

And as long as the ants seem to be enjoying the setup, I have no words of critique.
"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: My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

Post: # 57283Post AntsJoshie
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:02 am

The nest is made from the web from the 5th form of larvae, the final form just before they pupae. They use anything from sawdust, soil, sand, pine needles, even my hair (some must of fallen in) to weave their nest. They're called Golden Weaver Ants.

I've just given them an outhouse 2 days ago, and they're loving it, watching them go back and forth in the tube is so fun to watch. Hopefully they will start putting their dead and debris in there.

I've added some moss and about to add a UV light to keep the moss alive. The moss also acts as a humidifier for the formicarium because it's very wet and I keep it that way.

Also, I'm pretty sure my ants are happy because I noticed a massive hole in the outhouse and haven't seen a single ant escape. They don't even try to climb the glass... They know what's good for them haha :D

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Re: My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

Post: # 57286Post JoeHostile1
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:50 am

So you set up some sticks and then give them sawdust and then they just start making that? How old is this colony?
Keeping:
Tetramorium immigrans * Lasius Neoniger * Lasius Claviger * Messor Aciculatus * Myrmica Rubra * Camponotus Novaeboracensis * Camponotus Turkastanus * Pheidole Pallidula

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Re: My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

Post: # 57292Post AntsJoshie
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:27 pm

JoeHostile1 wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:50 am
So you set up some sticks and then give them sawdust and then they just start making that? How old is this colony?
Yeah, there is a bonsai under that mass. I just added some scaffolding for them to build on to once it got bigger. They mainly used soil to begin with, then we decided to add pine needles and sawdust etc.

I purchased this colony in about November with 4 queens, 200-300 workers. Now I think i've got well over 1k workers and I've seen a few queens mating in and around the nest so I could have dozens of queens now.

I see about 10-20 ants a day wandering around with empty pupae, so they are very happy ants!

I have some messor valentinae on the way tomorrow, so I will be posting pictures of those once they are settled in to their new nest.

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Re: My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

Post: # 57293Post AntsJoshie
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:30 pm

Also Joe, this is a very beginner species, they don't need much work. Just warmth, water, food and building supplies and they thrive. A super fun species to keep because they are always doing something. I keep mine at 28-32C, the hotter the better for them, they are scary active when it hits 31-32, I sometimes wonder if the mineral oil will hold up, but hasn't failed me yet :D

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Re: My Polyrhachis Dives progress from Dec-April

Post: # 57618Post JoeHostile1
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:17 pm

So the nest material is mostly soil? Then they started using saw dust? I don’t see any pine needles in it. Do they chew up the materials and then make like a paste to form the nest.do you know how old the colony is? And how old they have to be to start making a nest like that?
Keeping:
Tetramorium immigrans * Lasius Neoniger * Lasius Claviger * Messor Aciculatus * Myrmica Rubra * Camponotus Novaeboracensis * Camponotus Turkastanus * Pheidole Pallidula

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSfFtn6RegZ3F1NdS1g08NA

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