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Cloud's Colobopsis obliqua Journal (Updated June 4th, 2019)


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#1 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted November 14 2018 - 6:19 PM

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Colobopsis sp. has always been one of my dream genera as I love their phragmotic majors and how they are so specialized to live inside of hollow twigs. I've always had some great formicarium design ideas, and I finally found a nest, but the problem is that it was a satellite nest with no queen. I found the nest in a hollow twig of a Fraxinus americana tree in my front yard. The tree is very small and has lost all of its leaves, so the main nest shouldn't be too difficult to find, but until then, I have a nice satellite nest with 23 minors, 5 majors, and some brood in various stages of development. I hope to find the main nest soon. Their current formicarium is a CD case with a hollow Phytolacca americana stem glued against the plastic so I can see what they are doing. I plan to get them in a better formicarium soon though, preferably something with a little more height to it. These ants are beautiful and I hope I can find the queen and the res of the colony soon. Here are some pictures of them:

Colobopsis obliqua Formicarium
Colobopsis obliqua Formicarium
Colobopsis obliqua Minors
Colobopsis obliqua Major
One of the majors.
Colobopsis obliqua Major
Colobopsis obliqua Minor

One of the minors.


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#2 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted November 15 2018 - 2:42 PM

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I found the main nest, or at least a very large satellite nest. I'm not sure if it has the queen yet, but I'm pretty sure it does. It's in a stick about a meter long, and I can't wait to search through it!


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#3 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted November 15 2018 - 4:44 PM

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Great job! I am looking forward to seeing how this colony does for you! I have always wanted Colobopsis.

#4 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted November 16 2018 - 4:37 AM

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So that nest I collected was yet another satellite nest. No queen. How big is this colony?!


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#5 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted November 16 2018 - 1:28 PM

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Well, when you get the queen, you will have a HUGE colony!

#6 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted November 16 2018 - 3:32 PM

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Another day, another queenless satellite nest. *inhales* REEEEEEEE!!!!


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#7 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted November 19 2018 - 5:35 AM

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I've finished their better nest design. I've added in some live Vitis rotundifolia vines, a Fraxinus americana twig which I have cut in half, hollowed out and put a plastic screen over, and a dead Vitis rotundifolia vine. I plan on using a hollowed out acorn cap for feeding them sugar water as this species loves their sweets. I hope to find the main nest soon so I can catch the queen and it can be a colony that is here to stay. Pictures of the formicarium coming soon.


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#8 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted November 29 2018 - 5:15 PM

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I have found a second colony at my Aunts house inside of a Dogwood Tree, and I found the queen his time! Definitely not as colorful as my Colobopsis impressa queen, but she's a little bigger. There are around 30 or so workers.


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#9 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted December 5 2018 - 8:41 AM

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The queen and most of the workers of this colony have unexpectedly died. The remaining individuals I have introduced to the original colony. I am still looking for their main colony, but they are doing pretty good for now.


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#10 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted January 2 2019 - 5:23 PM

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The colony has been doing well, and I have not seen any deaths in quite a while. I'm still looking for the queen however.


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#11 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 24 2019 - 6:53 AM

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Colobopsis obliqua was flying last night, and I captured 2 queens! I don't really expect these ones to be fertile, but I'll be capturing lots of queens during their massive flights, so I should at least get a few fertile individuals. (y)


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#12 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 24 2019 - 7:15 AM

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What were the conditions?!?!
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#13 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 24 2019 - 7:18 AM

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What were the conditions?!?!

Check the South Carolina Anting Thread, all of the information is located there. ;)


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#14 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 4 2019 - 4:53 AM

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Been catching some wingless queens lately!


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#15 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 19 2019 - 5:55 AM

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Update? I caught 2 of these queens and need tips.




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