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Re: Pheidole Queens

Post by Guest on Sun Aug 02, 2015 1:49 pm

Queen Magenta sends her condolences.

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Re: Pheidole Queens

Post by Salt on Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:08 pm

Yeah it really is, but it is no fault of your own. Queens just randomly die and there's nothing you can do then.

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Post by Luke on Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:59 am

Thanks guys, and Queen Magenta. I know some queens won't make it, sadly.

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Post by Salt on Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:00 am

How many workers has Blue got now?

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Post by Luke on Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:08 am

Hi, Salt. I've just put in some delicious fruit and yoghurt to gutload the fruitflies/cockroaches with, and I will do a headcount shortly come feeding.

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Post by dermy on Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:53 am

Luke wrote:Sadly, guys, Yellow has passed away Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

Oh no sorry to hear sad
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Re: Pheidole Queens

Post by Luke on Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:14 pm

Thanks Dermy sad

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Post by dermy on Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:27 pm

Hopefully blue does really well for you!
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Re: Pheidole Queens

Post by Luke on Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:07 pm

I was pretty surprised earlier to find a worker in the GroTube hydration chamber! You can the see the determination these girls have when then when they want more food, and their huge food requirements aren't being met! Bearing in mind they get 11 fruitflies and a small cockroach nymph. There's also some newly eclosed workers, and a worker with a big head Wink


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Post by dermy on Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:54 am

Wow great video, that colony looks like it should explode in Population Soon!
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Re: Pheidole Queens

Post by Luke on Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:03 am

Thanks Dermy Smile I don't know if people got my "Ant with a big head" reference to the colonies first major Razz cheers bounce cheers

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Post by dermy on Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:02 pm

It's so cool watching them drag the fruit flies around Very Happy
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Post by Luke on Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:52 pm

Thanks for moving to the journal section Dermy Very Happy Blue is now about 50 workers strong. I'm gonna have to connect an outworld as they're growing very fast now!

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Post by dermy on Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:55 pm

Wow they are growing very fast! I can't wait to see how big they get before Hibernation! I bet they will explode with growth!
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Post by Luke on Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:23 am

They're having a very lazy day today Razz They have only took 3fruit flies today. There are hardly any workers foraging:shock: Probably content with the 11 fruitflies and 3 cockroach nymphs I gave them on Thursday Shocked

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Post by Salt on Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:50 pm

This colony has grown really quickly Luke, how many workers now?

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Post by dermy on Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:34 pm

Luke wrote:They're having a very lazy day today Razz They have only took 3fruit flies today. There are hardly any workers foraging:shock:  Probably content with the 11 fruitflies and 3 cockroach nymphs I gave them on Thursday Shocked

With the amount of food your giving them they'll be at like 1000+ by the end of the year!
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Post by Luke on Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:26 pm

@Salt I probably estimate around 50-60 workers

@Dermy will be interesting to see how many they number.

Inside the brood chamber.

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Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:34 pm

No wonder you need to feed them so much! Look at all that brood in the Colony!
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Re: Pheidole Queens

Post by Salt on Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:48 am

Any updates on these Luke?

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Post by dermy on Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:33 pm

He probably had to get a whole new house because the colony grew so much Laughing
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Re: Pheidole Queens

Post by Luke on Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:03 pm

GroTube XL update - I really like the GroTube, it offers great visibility into the nest, looks modern, has dual hydration chambers and has a very nice, small and enclosed main chamber.Which is great for nervous and skittish queens who don't like much space while they're founding their colony.

Also the big thing for me was it took away the worry I get when using test-tubes; overheating, flooding, the ants burying into the cotton and causing a flood, disturbance to the queen etc.

Downsides - The main chamber didn't seem to hydrate enough to liking of the Pheidole and they would always return back to their test-tube. I normally had to unscrew the lid to hydrated the main chamber manually and only then would they would move back in.

Small ant species with a high requirement for insects would easily exploit the GroTube in any way they could to go and forage if they're not getting enough insects. Which I guess wouldn't be a problem if you has the outworld that connects to it. I have found workers on the outside.

I love the visibility of the lid, however, my queen doesn't and would always run around like crazy. I had to cut a piece of cardboard to fit over the nest chamber.

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Post by Luke on Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:06 pm

Ha not yet Dermy, however, I need to get them a new nest as they have moved into one of the hydration chambers! There's 5 majors now, oddly, they're smaller than the colonies first major worker.


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Post by dermy on Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:11 pm

Sounds like it works pretty good then.

As for the Escapees, I think it's safe to say that once the Colony gets a little older the worker size should increase a bit and you shouldn't have many ants escaping.

The Cardboard is a great idea. I like to do that to my ants when I'm not looking on them.
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Post by dermy on Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:15 pm

Wow that major is pretty big! The Colony looks like it's starting to get busier now. I wouldn't be too surprised if in a few weeks/month or so they have a nice population increase.
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