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Wander's Camponotus conspicuus


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#1 Offline WanderAnts - Posted November 1 2018 - 6:37 PM

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September 3, 2018

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So I happened to be taking out the trash and was walking back to my front door when I realized this beauty was hanging out on the column. I had a test tube setup within an hour of catching and soon put it away.

 

September 20, 2018

So what can I say, this lovely lady must have found her heated test tube quite comfortable because after a little over two weeks she had a decent amount of brood

 

October 27, 2018

So to avoid stressing this lovely lady out too much, I've decided that if I'm going to disturb her that it will only be once a month. It appears to have paid off; she has three substantial sized larvae along with what looks like four or five smaller ones.

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#2 Offline DaveJay - Posted November 3 2018 - 8:40 PM

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She's a good looking Queen!

#3 Offline WanderAnts - Posted November 17 2018 - 12:14 PM

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November 14th

 

Came home on my lunch break and decided to check on this founding queen to find she had her first worker, two other pupae and other small larvae or eggs. I'm quite happy that she was fertile as I'm looking forward to watching the colony grow.

 

 

 

 

To avoid stressing the queen, I decided to go with some protein jelly instead of a piece of a feeder insect. Once I set down the jelly on the small piece of tin foil I honestly thought I had given her a piece that was too large, but she devoured it.

 

 

November 15th

 

This queen wasted no time and helped her second worker eclose the very next day, I'm assuming the third worker will be here by the weekend. I did decide to give them another piece of protein jelly to see if I could boost the queen a little.

 


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#4 Offline WanderAnts - Posted December 5 2018 - 6:55 PM

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December 1st

This colony now has its third worker, three pupae and a few larvae and eggs. I've given them portions of super worms and a drop of honey every other day and a small portion of protein jelly in between. They are honestly way more interested in the jelly than anything else. I've also moved them into a newer glass test tube versus their old plastic one. I should be able to get far clearer pictures in the future as I'm greatly looking forward to the growth of this colony.

 


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