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Camponotus Colony Fusion


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#1 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted December 31 2018 - 3:41 PM

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After numerous tests, I have concluded that you can indeed fuse two Camponotus chromaiodes colonies of similar size. What I did was chilled one colony, and introduced one worker to each colony. If they feed the foreign worker after some time, they should get along. Then add one more worker. If the same happens, you are in the green. Then, attach both colonies nests together via an outworld. Let them find each other. Now this part can take time. If there is aggression, chill them for a bit more. If they find each other and feed each other, the move will be under way shortly.

NOTE: This is based off of my colonies results. Yours may not be the same.

Edit: I have had most success with fusing a queenless colony to a colony with a queen, as well as two small colonies with queens.

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, December 31 2018 - 3:44 PM.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#2 Offline Leo - Posted December 31 2018 - 5:26 PM

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lol, I just poured all of them into one larger tube at once and it worked anyways. 


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#3 Offline Manitobant - Posted December 31 2018 - 6:33 PM

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lol, I just poured all of them into one larger tube at once and it worked anyways.

you can fuse camponotus? The ones in my region are EXTREMELY monogynous.
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#4 Offline Leo - Posted December 31 2018 - 7:06 PM

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Yeah my only active camponotus journal is following my 2 queen camponotus pseudoirritans colony.


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#5 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted December 31 2018 - 7:20 PM

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lol, I just poured all of them into one larger tube at once and it worked anyways.

you can fuse camponotus? The ones in my region are EXTREMELY monogynous.

Like I said, the only ants I have tried this with is Camponotus chromaiodes. What Camponotus do you have in Canada?

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#6 Offline Manitobant - Posted December 31 2018 - 7:56 PM

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lol, I just poured all of them into one larger tube at once and it worked anyways.

you can fuse camponotus? The ones in my region are EXTREMELY monogynous.

Like I said, the only ants I have tried this with is Camponotus chromaiodes. What Camponotus do you have in Canada?
camponotus novaeboracensis, which is the most monogynous ant I have ever seen in my life. Colonies a few feet away will fight to the death and queens will have a full on battle royale when nesting nearby. I once kept about ten queens together while at my grandparents place (it’s infested with them) and once I got home to put them in test tubes only two lived.

#7 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted January 1 2019 - 9:25 AM

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Yeah I love C. novaeboracensis! I miss those ants. They are EXTREMELY monogynous, like you said.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 





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