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Pheidole indica

Post by Luke on Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:01 am

I got another species from my favourite genus Pheidole.

Interestingly, she already has a few majors which are massive. Also, compared to Blue (pallidula) the queen is a lot bigger! I also noticed a few Larvae, a small a pile of brood and at least 1-3 new callow ants.

They don't require a  hibernation period.

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Post by dermy on Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:54 am

That is so cool, I'm about to wake up my Myrmica soon [I only hibernate for 3 months] so it's nice to see another ant Journal up here.


Good luck with the Colony, I like how they require no hibernation period Wink

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Re: Pheidole indica

Post by Luke on Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:17 pm

Thank you Dermy Very Happy Yay for 'No hibernation required' Razz

They had 3 tiny fruit flies today.

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Post by dermy on Sat Feb 06, 2016 12:43 pm

Did you give them any out world? or are you just leaving them in the tube [my thought is test-tube since it's still a small colony at the moment]

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Re: Pheidole indica

Post by Luke on Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:51 am

Not yet Dermy. Next week sometime, sooner rather than later. I don't trust Pheidole species in a test-tube, they always seem to like burrowing into the cotton!

I've got to order some bug gel, gotta move out the roaches this week into their new home, which won't be fun Shocked and order some hides for snakes.

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Post by dermy on Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:17 pm

Boy sure sounds like your busy! Surprised

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Post by Luke on Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:34 pm

These guys Shocked I'm gonna have to move them to a small foraging area sooner than expected! I went to feed the colony and before I knew it a small platoon of ants were pushing forward and out of the test-tube! All were safely returned though:D

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Post by Luke on Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:41 pm

I should also mention they went gaga over the roaches! Maybe because the roaches themselves have been gorging on ripe mango?

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Post by dermy on Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:53 am

Maybe, it's good that your "Gut Loading" them as that means good food for the ants Smile


They look like fast little ants Razz would be fun to have a huge colony Smile

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Re: Pheidole indica

Post by Luke on Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:44 am

Interestingly, unlike my pallidula colony who eat anything and everything and are happy eating cockroach after cockroach,  the indica never seem to eat more than they need (require?). Maybe because they're still in the founding stage?!?! I'm not sure if they're lacking something I'm not giving them as they've discarded one  cockroach to the trash pile and resumed foraging!

Gonna try them on some honey water today.

They've eaten one of the cockroaches clean in half Shocked

Look atthe size of the queen!



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Post by dermy on Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:36 am

Hmm maybe it has to do with brood? How many larvae are in the Colony, with more larvae they require more protein with less larvae they need less protein.

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Re: Pheidole indica

Post by Luke on Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:45 pm

Dermy, there's about 5-7 but I can't tell because they keep them well hidden.

I think you're right Dermy. I have to remind myself they don't need that much food at the moment. When I checked today had eaten the other cockroach.

I fed them some honey water (I use bottled spring water as we live in a hard water area).and they went crazy over it! Some of them spent a good few minutes there! They made sure they fed the majors first.




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Post by dermy on Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:50 am

Those majors are incredibly huge! I need to update some of my journals with Pictures when I get a chance, been busy.

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Post by Xeno on Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:45 pm

Nice colony Smile

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Post by dermy on Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:48 am

Sorry to go "Off-Topic" but Nice to see you back Xeno!

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Post by Xeno on Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:51 am

Thank you Dermy! I was still spectating the forum though Very Happy

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Post by dermy on Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:44 pm

Xeno wrote:Thank you Dermy! I was still spectating the forum though Very Happy

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Post by Xeno on Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:29 pm

Okay thank you cheers

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Post by Luke on Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:24 am

Thank you Xeno and welcome back Very Happy


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Post by Luke on Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:25 am

Will feed them some honey water later on, checked on this morning and one thing I have noticed is that they're very skittish.

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Post by dermy on Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:40 am

I've heard Pheidole species are really productive ants, get ready for a big colony!

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Post by Luke on Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:59 am

Yeah. I had a bit of a surprise when I just checked on them - So crazy to see how much  brood they've produced in such a short time and especially at this time of year! But I guess that's one of the perks of not needing a hibernation period...



Majors seem to be filled to the max with honey water! I'm surprised they can still move Laughing




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Post by dermy on Mon Feb 22, 2016 2:12 pm

Man that's a lot of brood! I wonder how much your colony will grow before the rest of us can even wake up our ants out of hibernation Laughing

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Post by Luke on Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:28 am

Colony is slowly growing Very Happy


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Post by dermy on Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:28 am

Wow they look like they are ready to explode in population this year Smile

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