Acromyrmex Octospinosus (Arrowing)

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Re: Acromyrmex Octospinosus (Arrowing)

Post by Atta solider » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:24 am

Is the temperature and humidity still the same in the nest?
Looking good.

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Re: Acromyrmex Octospinosus (Arrowing)

Post by Atta solider » Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:33 pm

Have you tried to feeding them Brussels? Make sure you wash them very well, and cut them in half.

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Re: Acromyrmex Octospinosus (Arrowing)

Post by Arrowing » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:58 am

The temperature is the same, humidity is hard to say because we do not have a hygrometer. I sprinkled the surrounding dirt with water and will see if it helps. Update on the fungus below, the queen is visible again!
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1 colony Lasius Niger +-100
1 starting colony Acromyrmex Octospinosus
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Re: Acromyrmex Octospinosus (Arrowing)

Post by Acromyrmexbob » Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:23 pm

Definitely need to get a humidity meter with a probe!! :roll:

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Re: Acromyrmex Octospinosus (Arrowing)

Post by Arrowing » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:28 am

Hi all, its been a while so here is a bigger update:

We reported some pupea earlier on and we think they are fully grown by now.
We noticed a few ants (at least 4) that were very light of colour as you can see on the picture below.
They are now gone so we think they have the same colour as the others?
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the ants were quiet passive at the end of November but the last 2 days they harvest even during daytime :D and took all kinds of leaves clementine whites, young privet, Clover and lettuce (in order of preference) everything went straight to the fungus, very amusing to watch! :lol:
As a result the fungus grew visibly.
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- We don't have a hygrometer because the one we had gave 100% so we returned it... (find a good one seems to be hard, any ideas?)
- There is a haze on the lower part of their nest cube so humidity should be high (we add water to the nest cube every other day).
- They don't take any (moist) fruit at all and prefer clementine whites above fresh leaves (privet has to be 36hrs or older :roll: ).
So they above are signs that humidity is good (but can't confirm)
- Last days we have minus temperatures so it's probably game over with the "wild" leaves
- Didn't try Brussels sprouts yet, we did try spinach and watercress (which they refused)
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1 colony Lasius Niger +-100
1 starting colony Acromyrmex Octospinosus
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