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Drevik wrote:I thought Solenopsis hibernated in the winter. Does this mean I can wake up mine?
07/29/2014 8:36 PM
I eventually sold the large colony to some guy about five months ago,
and he still hasn't picked it up, so I just decided to keep it and give
him his money back. I figured I could probably design a nest
specifically to allow me to do time-lapse video of them eating different
things, which would be pretty interesting. During the last five months
while waiting for that guy to pick them up, the colony grew to well over
1000 workers, but then had a big die-off, and is now back down to just a
few hundred. I had to move them into a new container since theirs had
so much trash in it. First I tried letting the old tube and container
dry out, but they never moved, no matter how dry it got. Finally I tried
the hot/cold method, which worked great with these guys. I had their
old container sitting in some ice water, while their new one was warmed
on a heat pad, and it didn't take long for the whole colony to move
About three weeks ago, Chromerust
gave me three more S. xyloni queens all in one test tube. They seemed
fine together until the workers started eclosing a week later, and then
it wasn't long before all three queens were dead. I don't know for sure
why they all died, but the workers certainly could have had something to
do with it. They dragged all three dead queens out of the test tube at
first, but then later I found two of them back inside for some reason. A
few days ago, I found a few more S. xyloni queens while
running my black light, so I decided to try introducing one of them that
didn't seem to be laying eggs to the queenless colony. Right away
workers started swarming on her, but I noticed they weren't attacking
her or doing anything aggressive, just crawling all over her, rubbing
their antennae all over her really fast. I noticed some were licking and
cleaning her. I continued watching them through my microscope for a
while, and could see they were definitely getting along great with her.
Shortly after this they dragged the two dead queens out of the test
tube. It certainly looks like they have their queen now.
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drtrmiller wrote:Poison in the skin is a common line of defense in frogs and toads, although I'm not certain if green tree frogs utilize them. If you fed them a dead vertebrate, however, you must also consider what the cause of death was and what diseases the animal may be incubating.
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