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Cole Dybik

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  1. Hey Dork, I found out that they have a very specialized diet of spider eggs, dead ants and insect larvae she is eating a dead Tapinoma sessile worker as we speak she is amazingly small and is very slow to react to anything and is not bothered by light or anything, she is very calm I have been told to keep her in a petri dish setup but I am unfamiliar with that setup and I will put some soil in her tube as well
  2. Pheidole Pillfera Pillfera are quite rare in ohio, Bicarinata and Dentana are the 2 most common i have caught both once or twice, tysoni is VERY RARE and is probably more the eastern half of the state than the southeastern corner they have been found in new york and the surrounding states as well so more likely to be the eastern half
  3. im doin the garage this year or i could place it in our old duck house its mildly insolated and shouldnt get that cold but cold enough to keep em snoozin and alive
  4. this is Forest here I just caught a Proceratium cf. pergandei queen and IM SUPER PSYCHED no photos due to a crappy phone she is like 3mm long and is dark red, very hard to spot. caught at 7:15pm in between a log and a brick presumably a dusk flyer still has wings, more than likely mated if she is successfull this will be great but if she dies I will preserve her using the hand sanatizer trick that i have yet do do with my Camponotus caryae queen until next time Forest
  5. there are better nests than the omninest to be honest. most antscanada nests have issues with hydration and colony stuff. but there are other brands you just gotta keep a lookout to find them
  6. yeah you are about to get a LOT more queens, also they are from utah they probably wont need to hibernate and will produce all year round, tapinoma produce more egg laying queens over time so you will have a huge colony give or take within the next year or 2
  7. i would have to disagree if you look at the worker it has a curved back which is a signature for the formica species and the queen does not have the right head shape to be a camponotus queen it seems to be a formica
  8. Claustral is a term that you will see being used very... very... commonly. there are three types of queens. Fully-Claustral, Semi-Claustral and social parasites(which are basically spicy semi-claustral queens) Fully-Claustral Queens, Fully clausteral queens are the classic queen with no need to forage or eat until a couple weeks after nanitics eclose from their first pupae. Fully clausteral queens have large full, long gasters which are very oval like in shape, along with being a lot bulkier than semi claustral queens. Fully clausteral queens actually have smaller heads since they need not fight during the founding stage and just wait it out till their workers can forage and put on their big girl pants. Fully-Claustral Queens, do NOT forage during the founding period and just wait out the founding stages caring for brood, This is a lasius species queen and you can see the smaller head along with the large thicc gaster being able to metabolise the wing muscles to feed her brood and to fast for many a months. Semi-Claustral Queens, Semi clausteral queens are BORN with their big girl pants on. Have small gasters, a generally thinner body, have a larger head filled with muscle to forage and fight during the founding stage as they do not have the reserves to be able to wait out the founding stage and must forage in order to feed the brood and herself. This is a semi claustral Pseudomyrmex apache species native to florida which is clearly semi claustral due to the thin body shape and is distinguishable from a fully claustral queen due to the thin physique and thin gaster, with the larger head Social Parasites Social parasites are several species of ants that do not have the instincts to care for brood, some more than others, the most common social parasites are Lasius and Formica parasites. Parasites take over colonies by killing the queen and taking the workers for herself and laying her own eggs and her workers outnumber the other species and eventually becoming a colony of only the host species. Social parasites cannot care for brood and have small bodies with long legs for speed and agility and large heads due to the fact they need to be able to win a fight against other queens so they must be well equipped to fight instead of raising brood. Formica parasites are easier to raise than Lasius parasites as Formica parasites are able to open pupae when Lasius are not able to care for brood whatsoever. Often Social parasites have smaller gasters due to the fact that can be a weak point for them in combat
  9. the one that says 8mm found in april appeares to be a myrmica species which is semi clausteral so do some reading on that i might make a thread on it soon
  10. what you could do is put some dirt in the tube so they would use that, or buy some custom test tubes with the stuff set up inside
  11. orbyx your outworlds are amazing
  12. looks like everyone is catching queens but me:(
  13. its good to see people working together, this is quite a small hobby that is picking up a bit of speed so people should work together :)
  14. Cole Dybik


    thats tapinoma sessile 100% i see them everywhere
  15. 100% ponera pennsylvanicus
  16. if you bring your temps to 80 it can speed up development to about half a month for all stages and i know someone who had Tetramorium immigrans brood develop all the way to nanitics in 12 days at 82 but 82 is max and is slightly risky 80 is a good temp for speed
  17. awesome dude! you could make some more and sell them i sure would buy XD
  18. yeah every photo helps and it can also be used in identification as well
  19. well there is the specific caste best known from myrmicocystus(honeypot ants) found in the southwestern us and mexico but yes most ants that act like repletes are corpulents apparently thanks for teachin me some vocab XD best wishes Forest
  20. most colonies have fake repletes yeah but only the caste are known as true repletes where as they are actually slightly larger if you take a closer look only a select few species have true repletes where they are deemed their own caste, its a large debate XD
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