Big-headed Ant Colony (Part 2)

Big-headed Ant Colony (Part 2)

Hi, this is Jordan, updating you on my
Pheidole colony. I did a video on this colony about a month ago and since then they’ve doubled
in size. It’s been really hot here in Melbourne, Australia and so the colony has exploded in size. As you can see, they’ve started to produce soldier ants. They’re really young right now, you can see their heads are really pale and translucent. They’ve also started to produce alates as well, which kind of surprised me. They only have 300 or so workers at the moment. I was kind of expecting them to start
producing alates at the 1000 mark or something like
that. So, already producing some of those and
heaps of soldiers. I think there’s twenty or something
soldiers they’ve produced and that was just the space of a month or
so. Here’s one of the Queens. This colony actually has three queens. They started out with just one until they reached the 50 worker mark
or so and then I had a couple of Queens of this same species in a test tube set up that weren’t
really doing so well. They were in there for months and months and all they had to
show for it was a few eggs and weren’t developing very well. So I decided to
released the queens into this colony. The workers just found the Queens and
weren’t aggressive towards them, they just lured them into the nest and since then look to be doing fine and
laying lots of eggs. So here’s the outworld that’s attached to the nest. They really like this new space that I’ve set up for them. This is what I feed
this colony. Meal worms for protein and bits of fruit and tiny drops of honey for a source of sugary foods. I usually provide a test tube with water in it just in case the nest does get dry so they’ll always have a source water at all times, which is important. I’ve got a
fairly thick layer of sand there and they like to dig it up and move it around. They’ve actually built
an ant hill right where the tube connects to the outworld. So that’s it for this video. Let me know if you want to see more of these or different colonies I have. I’ve got a new Iridomyrmex colony I’ve just moved into a nest. So if you want to see that let me know. Thanks for watching.

34 thoughts on “Big-headed Ant Colony (Part 2)

  1. If I catch a queen ant and I think she is possible of multi queen colony's, can I send you a picture of her to help me identify her species?

  2. thank you for the videos! is this the Pheidole species that can produce supremajor workers which are like 5-10mil long?

  3. Great colony.  Thanks for sharing!

    What ended up happening to the alates in this video?  Are they still alive?

  4. what barrier do you use, and also if it is baby powder and rubbing alcohol, can you help  me with how to use it, because i am confused with the amount of powder to alcohol and how to apply it. thanks

  5. How do You keep the Colony Moist and warm without any mould growth ? I have made a setup with a large square empty box of sweets and carved tunnels using a machine on small rectangular pieces of wood and placed them on the sides of the large box as the main formicarium and the rest of the box if the outworld with sand and a water tower made out of an ice breakers candy container with grill mesh on it and water inside. The Setup is empty as my pachycondyla queens had laid a few eggs about a month or so ago and don't seem to be progressing in another small temporary setup. The large setup that i made is empty at the moment and had moisture forming on the top lid and some fungal growth on the side of the wood and some branches, despite the large open spaces I made for air to pass. I have it placed outside in the sun for a few days to stop any further mould growth and hopefully figure out a way to solve the issue. So my main questions are, How do i keep the setup moist without mould growth ? What to expect from the queens ? I Had caught these queens in my own home as there is this species that lives in my house and is always seen foraging on the floor. I Guess it must be their nuptial season, and i have about 7 of them in one setup and they had abatch of eggs since a while and Another small temporary setup with another pachycondyla Senaarensis queen that i found running in a parking lot while hunting for them in the early hours of the morning. It broke off its wings as soon as i caught it and it seems to explore the outworld a lot considering it to be a semi claustral species and forage. This queen has not laid any eggs yet, as i caught it about 2 weeks ago. How can I keep them warm and encourage egg growth quickly ? Hope For a response from anyone who can help out here.

  6. Hey man, just a few quick questions, did you build or buy the first nest in the video that we see at 0:02? I cant seem to find an Aussie place that sells them and living in Byron bay doesn't help haha. So I was thinking of making one… but what sorta stuff could I carve chambers and stuff into? like rubber cement? lol I have no clue.. but I do have the right drill bits! haha.
    Cheers dude.

  7. Dyes I do enjoy you colony videos. As a playlist item, a series with a newly captured queen in a test tube, the queen with eggs, queen with workers, moving into formicarium, etc would. Be great

  8. How does ants produce the soldier ants and the ones with the wings? What decides that now this egg shall become a soldier etc? 🙂

  9. I love big head ants 🙂 , I would like to see more of them … I like the guards … how big are they ( the workers and the guards ) .
    does the guards life longer then the workers , because I can assume that they need longer to develop and also need more food 🙂 thanks

  10. i saw a colonie of them in my back yard and the workers are really small compared to the soldiers, they're also pretty small compared to those common black ants

  11. i have a question, where can i get a pheidole queen for a reasonable price?
    I have had a walk around my local park and noticed a Pheidole nest i saw a few of the major workers on the surface, when is there nuptial flight, because if all turns out well i can get a fertile queen.

  12. Where abouts from Melbourne are you? Where I am I can only find iridomyrmex on a regular basis but I have to go searching for camponotus, don't think I've seen any pheidole in my area though, then again I don't really know where to look.

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