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By Dan
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Good ladies and gentlemen, meet the Ladies in Lemon...

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Daffodil (AKA Daff), Primrose (AKA Prim), Buttercup, and Marigold (AKA Marie).

Sourced from our very own @formica123. Arrived promptly on Tuesday and I spotted egg/s last night.

(I'm not sure for how long the naming of the ants is going to go on.)
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By Dan
#4133
Three of them huddle at one end, and the fourth sits at the other end of the test tube. They've been like that from the moment I opened the parcel.
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By Leafcutter
#4137
My Lasius flavus Queens do the same but a few Queens have been killed recently. Probably because they were injured or infertile. Don't worry about it though. Might just be nothing.
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By Dan
#4759
Not much to say on these lovely ladies, but I have quite a few photos from the last 2 weeks.

5th:
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6th: I am now certain that this Lady has not been fertilised. I had attached a small setup to the test tube, seeing as they were low on water and I don't have another test tube big enough, but only she moved into it, and hasn't gone anywhere near the other three since.
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7th:
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12th:
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By formica123
#4765
Looking great!
Sorry about that odd queen, I could have swore she would have been mated :/
Hope they do really well for you!
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By Dan
#5011
So I had a peek just there now and discovered that the Lone Queen who was in a different set-up (but still connected to the tube) has a batch of eggs. I'm not able to get any quality photos because the set up isn't macro-friendly, but I'll maybe move her to a test tube in a while.
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By Dan
#7042
Lady Primrose and Daffodil have had their first nanitic! So this goes on record as being my first nanitic as well. The Lone Lady - Buttercup - still seems to have just a batch of eggs, but Prim and Daff's brood pile is huge. I'll edit this post tomorrow and add photos.
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By Dan
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So as with Myrcella's journal, there's a lot of catching up to do. I'll just upload a batch of photos from the past few months.

23rd of September
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On the 10th of October, one of the three died. I now suspect it was a fungal infection.
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First pupa! Same day.
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The Lone Lady's batch of brood from the same day:
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12th of September, a second pupa!
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By Dan
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3rd of November
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On the 8th of November, then, here are the photos of the first worker:
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However, I also discovered that Buttercup, the Lone Lady, was dead. I was quite unsurprised, but still dismayed.
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9th of November
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By Dan
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By the 13th of November, a second nanitic worker had appeared.
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14th of November
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19th of November
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24th of November
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29th of November, a few more pupae can be seen
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3rd of December, a drop of sugar water before going into hibernation. (I think - I'm not 100% sure when they were hibernated.)
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By Dan
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Neat shot from 5th of December:
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5 pupae now, on the 13th of December:
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Taken now with my new iPod, a drop of sugar water on the 2nd of January:
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First witness of trophallaxis, between Prim and Daff:
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Then more trophallaxis between workers:
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Nice to see the brood organisation.

(Nearly done with the huge and insignificant update!)
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By Dan
#9153
So, now taken with a Nikon D3300 and an Opteka Macro Extension, Lady Primrose and Lady Daffodil on the 14th of January.

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They're coming out of hibernation at the moment.
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By RobJ
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Dan wrote:So, now taken with a Nikon D3300 and an Opteka Macro Extension, Lady Primrose and Lady Daffodil on the 14th of January.

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They're coming out of hibernation at the moment.

Love the yellow colouring I'm hoping to catch one/two this year


Thanks
RobJ
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By Dan
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When they were just out of hibernation, 8th of February:
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The temperatures in the Cold Cupboard were 4.4 to 15.6C

(all taken with D3300 and macro extension)
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By Dan
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17th of February (iPod)
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Then I tried the reversing ring macro technique with my camera. It was fiddly, although I used blu tac for the aperture and a mini tripod which made a huge difference. I learnt that you definitely need a lot of natural light and maybe some artificial as you need a relatively quick shutter speed (moving ants and shake). It would also be ideal to have a slighter smaller aperture to get more in focus. Anyway:
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Pretty impressive for a 3mm long insect.

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The only thing in focus here is a queen's bum...

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