Harpegnathos venator

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Beitragvon jeffjohnson » 19. Jul 2014 17:04

fantastic pictures, thanks! :)
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Beitragvon AntsNational » 22. Jul 2014 17:23

TheSecretSquirrel hat geschrieben:I hope they make it! Beautiful species of ant :D Love the long " skewers / horns " that they have + Do they use them as weapons when hunting?

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They use their mandibles to capture prey and hold it while they sting and paralyze it. The little "horns" on the bottom of their mandibles are used to carry larvae and eggs!
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Beitragvon AntsNational » 22. Jul 2014 17:24

jeffjohnson hat geschrieben:fantastic pictures, thanks! :)


Thanks :D !
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Re: Harpegnathos venator

Beitragvon AntsNational » 22. Jul 2014 17:25

The ants are doing well, things are looking bright for this colony. There's about 8 larvae now and they're ravenous. The queen has also begun to help her last worker in assisting on hunting but she doesn't venture out too far. She does like to explore though, but as soon as she sees me or feels potential danger she beelines back to the nest.
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Beitragvon AntsNational » 31. Jul 2014 20:37

About a week ago the worker passed away unexpectedly. The queen is now all on her own. Luckily, she is a very good mother. She tends to the larvae, feeds them, forages for food, cleans them and the brood chamber, etc. Soon enough these larvae will pupate and she will have a work force again! Here are some photos of the queen dragging a large, preboiled half-cricket into the brood chamber. More photos on my facebook page.

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Re: Harpegnathos venator

Beitragvon joshjw » 31. Jul 2014 23:32

there beautiful :D
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Re: Harpegnathos venator

Beitragvon Camoth » 1. Aug 2014 09:50

Lovely pictures. Awesome ant species too!

Hope they'll pull through and grow to a large, healthy colony for you!
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Re: Harpegnathos venator

Beitragvon AntsNational » 1. Aug 2014 18:28

joshjw hat geschrieben:there beautiful :D



I couldn't agree more with you Josh! ;)
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Re: Harpegnathos venator

Beitragvon AntsNational » 1. Aug 2014 18:29

Camoth hat geschrieben:Lovely pictures. Awesome ant species too!

Hope they'll pull through and grow to a large, healthy colony for you!



Thanks Camoth! I hope so too. The queen is always tending to her brood, this is the first time I've seen a queen restart a colony by herself so successfully. I just wish that I still had the second queen still in the nest :(
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Beitragvon AntsNational » 1. Aug 2014 18:36

More to update! The colony's larvae continue to grow. The queen is hanging in there, she really is a fighter! Ants are tough!
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The queen's large eyes give her keen eyesight and allow her to perceive the world in a heightened degree of clarity over most of her potential prey.
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The brood before dinner time, they are growing steadily and yet very fast!
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Alas, dinner time for another night once again!
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The queen pulls at the cricket carcass to maneuver it closer to the brood.
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The larvae must sense through their hairs somehow, I'm not sure exactly. They immediately begin to arch their necks to access the food as soon as prey is dragged into the founding chamber near them.
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Re: Harpegnathos venator

Beitragvon Camoth » 1. Aug 2014 18:45

Great pictures. Love how she's so caring for her babies :D
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Re: Harpegnathos venator

Beitragvon AntsNational » 24. Aug 2014 21:43

Sadly, the queen is dead. Journal end... for now.
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