“Pirate Ant” (Cardiocondyla pirata)

…a species of Myrmicine ant that was discovered in the province of Laguna in the Philippines. C. pirata gets its common name from the black steak that occurs across the eyes of females, this pattern occurs in no other ant and is thought to be reminiscent of a pirate’s eye-patch. C. pirata was discovered fairly recently (~2013) and as such very little is known about its biology. It likely behaves fairly similarly to other members of the genus Cardiocondyla


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Two more of my colonies.

Crematogaster cerasi with workers eggs brood and larvae. This queen has done excepetionally well. I hope she stays alive, and continues to produce large quanitities of workers. 

Tetramorium spp. E, Larvae and pupae, pressed against the side of a formicarium. To be closer to the heat I assume. This colony is very active and are little escape artists. 

Meranoplus mayri

…a species of Myrmicine ant that is distributed throughout the drier regions of Madagascar from the Southwestern region Andohahela National Park north into the province of Mahajanga. Meranoplus mayri are typically encountered at elevations of 20-1,345 m above sea level. Not much is known about the biology of M. mayri except that it is commonly found in urban gardens, grasslands, and deciduous and spiny forests. They are also thought to possibly occur in the High Plateau region as well. 


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