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Camponotus sp

Eggs hatching

First sign that the eggs had hatched.

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Camponotus sp

Eggs

I noticed two clumps of eggs within the nest.

And with the queen.

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Messor barbarus

Video’s

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsZjqNhkK14]

They are still mainly being fed with dandelion seeds and a small amount of foreign finch seed which they have trouble carrying. They are also taking dry bloodworm and tetramintropical fish flakes together with fruit flies and the odd roach. Its great to see the arrival of the first major.

Here’s how i have the small arena which is one of the boxes i bought for my leaf cutters when i get around to buying them …. One thing about moving these into the arena and opening up the tube is that it probably changes the conditions inside which was worrying me, but looking at the video the ants have piled up the seeds perhaps to control the humidity. There is not much activity outside which also makes me think that opening the test tube was not necessary yet but makes feeding so much easier. Its suprising how big the waste pile is considering so few ants.

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Polyrhachis dives

Submissive

The ant in the middle has its gaster curled down like a puppy with its tail between its legs and the other two were dragging it about by its legs. It was released after about 15 minutes of what appeared like ” bullying” then it just wandered aimlessly around the basin. So why did this happen ?

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Polyrhachis dives

Polyrhachis dives

Name: Polyrhachis dives
Propagation: Asia
Queen: 10-12mm
Workers: 6-8mm
Food: Insects and honey water
Air moisture: 60-80%
Temperature: 20-28°C
Hibernation: Nein
Nest-building: Weaved nests
Formicariums: Tank, farm tank
Formicarium size: min. 30x20cm (adjust to colony size)
Particularities: This species uses its larvae to weave its nests. It doesn’t however belong to true weaver-ants, like Oecophylla for instance. They are excellent climbers and larger colonies often feature several queens. They favour very warm temperatures in their nest area and their nest construction pattern can thus be influenced thanks to a strategically placed heating pad.
Information from World of Ants
I bought this very small colony about 2 months ago with maybe 10 workers. They are in a small arena until they can establish themselves with a few more workers. There are at least 15 pupae at the moment. Although they have made some attempt to construct a nest, they only seem to make small additions. This maybe because there arnt many larvae or its just not necessary perhaps as the colony is to small.

Two night ago i noticed the workers moving all the pupae into the drinker and taking bits of dry grass inside to build a new nest, i had forgot to fill it with water and they were able to get into the drinker. In the morning they had moved back into their original nest. Perhaps that was a warning to me to keep their water topped up.

I’m feeding them with Fruitflies and cut up blue bottles and roaches, they also enjoy sugar water.

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