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ANTdrew's Crematogaster divas journal

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#101 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 12 2019 - 6:27 AM

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Sweet! I currently have a colony of Crematogaster lineolata with 2 queens, 4 alate females, and over 150 workers. I collected them with my aspirator and trust me, it was one of my biggest regrets! They actually have formic acid, and that stuff is horrible on your lungs! I went to bed that night coughing a madman and I almost had an asthma attack! I don't recommend anyone do that!

Crematogaster do not have formic acid. They have another venom that they exude on the tips of their stingers, and that is what you inhaled.

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Currently keeping:             

Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

                                                                                              "Either you will control your government, or government will control you." -Ronald Reagan

                                                                                "Leadership is the art is getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -                                                                                   Dwight  D. Eisenhower

                        

 

Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(2 tubes  with five in one and two in the other.  )

---Monomorium cf. minimum(1 queen) Pheidole navigans(9 separate queens) Hypoponera sp. (1 queen)  Nylanderia vividula(1)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.


#102 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 12 2019 - 6:30 AM

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They don't seem to use their singers much though...

#103 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted June 12 2019 - 6:52 AM

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That's exactly what I'll do. I don't really care for using mini-hearth with fast growing escape artists.

The Fortress also has much thicker walls(I believe). My Crematogasters chewed out of their mini hearth at a weak point in the wall, so I think a fortress would totally be a better option. Whatever you do, NEVER let the water tower spill. It happened to me twice, and that was all it took for the ants to chew out.


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#104 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 18 2019 - 12:09 PM

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Update 6-18-2019

Sigyn and her colony continue doing great. Their tube is literally full of workers and brood now, so I won’t even bother estimating their number. This colony never left their founding tube. I’ve had a new one in their box for months, but they’ve shown no interest in it. I have no money to buy their Fortress, sadly, so I’ll need to make something or get a second job.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#105 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 18 2019 - 12:24 PM

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Mine are finally making a comeback! Lots of eggs and larvae.

#106 Offline Acutus - Posted June 18 2019 - 3:44 PM

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I have a tiny colony that I'm trying to keep going. I'm not sure if I'm winning or losing though! :)


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Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva


#107 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 18 2019 - 5:24 PM

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I have a tiny colony that I'm trying to keep going. I'm not sure if I'm winning or losing though! :)

Lots of heat and lots of food is the key with these.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#108 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 18 2019 - 5:27 PM

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Mine are finally making a comeback! Lots of eggs and larvae.

That’s great! That makes me think just tubs and tubes would be fine for these.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#109 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 26 2019 - 9:51 AM

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Update 6-26-2019

Holy crap do these have a ton of brood now! This colony is growing really fast and seem to be thriving. I'm kind of annoyed that they've never left their founding tube even though it is almost completely dry, but I do have a full tube right next to it for them to move into. They've started feeding a lot again after a brief stretch of lackluster feeding. They went really nuts for a bit of boiled beef I gave them, and last night they devoured a whole wood beetle. I feed them every single day now. I'm going to be bold and try making a bead container formicarium for these girls' expansion - money is just too tight for THA stuff. I'll need to go Fort Knox level on the escape proofing though!

 

Tons of brood:

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Beef soup feeding frenzy:

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25






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