Myrmica punctiventris

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Simple description.

 

Queen[edit]

Queen Ant
  • Nuptial Flight Time: August-October.
  • Founding Type: Semi-claustral.
  • *gynous: Polygynous.
  • Brood Boostable: Yes.
  • Hibernation: Yes.
  • Feeding Requirements: Feeding required.
  • Nanitics Appear After: 1-2 months after the end of hibernation.
  • Founding Stage Notes: Existing colonies will adopt new queens, and as in Temnothorax, this may be the preferred method of founding.

 

Food[edit]

Every ant, even from same species may be temperamental to certain foods. Trial and error is best way to figure out she will eat. Compiled below is a list of likes and dislikes for this particular species.

Likes[edit]

  • Raw honey
  • Cricket leg
  • Mealworm
  • Walnut (Seen in wild.)

Dislikes[edit]

  • ?

 

Colony[edit]

  • Difficulty: Intermediate.
  • Typical Colony Size: Small colonies, often with several queens.
  • Polymorphic: No, but workers very greatly in size.
  • Ant Length:
  • Temperament: Agressive.
  • Suggested Feeding Schedule: Often, they will eat heavily.
  • Hazards: Can bite or sting.
  • Colony Growth Rate: Medium, colonies remain small.
  • Egg To Worker: Unknown, probably around 1.5 months.
  • Circadian Activity: Possibly nocturnal.
  • Recommended Temperature: Not thermophilic.
  • Recommended Humidity: Other Myrmica need high humidity, but this species has nesting habits which may suggest otherwise.
  • Heating Pad Required: No.
  • Can Climb Smooth Surfaces: Yes.
  • When To Expand: Can live indefinitely in a small setup.
  • When Do Soldiers and Reproductives Appear: Unknown, probably earlier then most ants.
  • Invasive/Pest: No.
  • Farmers: Probably.
  • Native Location: Found throughout the eastern United States.
  • Natural Habitat : Found in forests nesting in objects on the ground such as walnuts and acorns. Colonies often have multiple nests.
  • Preferred Nesting Medium: Not picky.
  • Scientific Information: antwiki.org

 

Notes[edit]

  • Very interesting species that should be looked into.
  • Nestmates occasionally fight each other, suggesting that there may be power struggles playing out within colonies of this species. As multiple unrelated queens are present in a typical nest, this is unsurprising.
  • These ants tend to stuff themselves; sometimes, over two thirds of the colony will congregate around a food source until the ants have eaten their fill.
  • This species seems to dislike being heated, as mine were never attracted to their heating cable, and in fact seemed more energetic after it was removed.
  • Myrmica punctiventris may mate inside the nest, breeding new queens independently, as this behavior has been observed in other Myrmica species.
  • M. punctiventris may be nocturnal, as mine appear to be more active at night and in the evenings.
  • Separate colonies of this species are apparently compatible; my colony came from two walnuts which were found a few meters apart.

 

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