My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

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My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

Post: # 11477Post Dominooo
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:33 pm

First off, a big thanks to Ooper for selling me this Monomorium minimum queen + workers.
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This is my first time keeping ants, but so far they seem happy and active-
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I'll be sure to update the progress of the colony. I just wanted to post from here at the starting line. :)

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Re: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

Post: # 11958Post ooper01
Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:23 pm

I'm glad the colony went to a good home ;) I'll be following your progress.
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Re: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

Post: # 11969Post nightxwolf88
Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:22 pm

I hope to see this colony grow as well. Monomorium was one of my target genus but had no luck my first year locating them.

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Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:39 pm

nightxwolf88 wrote:I hope to see this colony grow as well. Monomorium was one of my target genus but had no luck my first year locating them.
I found too many. My little 7-year old son would come in the house with 2 or 3 and finally I just had to tell him I had enough of these queens. I probably collected 70-80 of them. Some I doubled and tripled up in same test tube. They co-founded the colony, but after nanitics arrived, they killed all but one queen (there is a word for that, can't think it right now).

One time he came in and wanted me to go outside with him. He found a few queens in a small sidewalk seam. We ended up pulling 20 queens out of that one spot! I put them all in one test tube, since they had already become roommates in the sidewalk seam. I think there are just two queens left. The past two or three weeks they have slowly been killing them off.

Maybe I'll create a post on it. I have a short video of two queens going at it.
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Post: # 11993Post nightxwolf88
Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:09 pm

Wow that is crazy haha. Here in new York in my area I think it is easy to over look certain genus cause of the high concentrations of Formica, tetramorium, and such. I had found what I thought to be a myrmica sp queen but she died before I posted for id.

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Post: # 12002Post larynx
Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:05 pm

Very cool. these are one of my favorite to keep. I checked my colony earlier today, and found alates all over my water feeder. they are really fun to watch grow. Have fun man. :D
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Re: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

Post: # 12974Post Canadiananter
Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:18 pm

I'm pretty sure that that's tetramorium spE

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Re: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

Post: # 12975Post Batspiderfish
Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:23 pm

Canadiananter wrote:I'm pretty sure that that's tetramorium spE
Yuuup!
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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Re: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

Post: # 12980Post ooper01
Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:42 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Canadiananter wrote:I'm pretty sure that that's tetramorium spE
Yuuup!
How do you tell the difference between Tetramorium sp E and Monomorium minimum?
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Re: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

Post: # 12989Post Batspiderfish
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:50 am

ooper01 wrote:
Batspiderfish wrote:
Canadiananter wrote:I'm pretty sure that that's tetramorium spE
Yuuup!
How do you tell the difference between Tetramorium sp E and Monomorium minimum?

Monomorium minimum
lacks sculpting on much of the body (giving them their smooth, shiny appearance), which Tetramorium are in excess of. The rough texture on the head and mesosoma are givaways. Monomorium queens are very slender, with the mesosoma barely half the width of the gaster, when viewed from above. Another detail, although it can't be picked up from the photos, is that Monomorium minimum have no propodeal spines at all, while Tetramorium do have small ones (even the queen). Monomorium queens top out at around 5mm in length.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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