I took both of my Carpenter Ant colonies out of hibernation earlier this week, so it's time to start journaling again.
Camponotus chromaiodes-1/06/19 - I finally named them - The Woozles
They have been pretty active surprisingly fast, which I hope to be a good sign. All of the workers(that aren't dead) are fully mobile, and I'm sure they will want to forage in no time
The colony didn't make it through hibernation with no casualties though, twelve workers died, which brings the population somewhere close to 25.
Most of the dead workers actually drowned. I think bringing them out of hibernation caused some condensation or something, and the not yet mobile workers drowned in the thin film of water.
The colony has been moved to a fresh test tube because their old one was filthy.
Camponotus castaneus-1/06/19 - I finally named them - The Heffalumps
These gals aren't moving around at all yet. I see their antennae moving though, so they aren't dead. It looks like a few of their larvae have turned brown, but I'm not entirely sure what that means.
Ten gallon tank with Formica pallidefulva and Aphaenogaster fulva
Ya, so... I don't have this terrarium anymore. I had mentioned that I wanted to get some other kind of pet, possibly even some kind of arachnid. I decided to go with something less bug-like though, and I got a Leopard Gecko. He/She's now living in the tank. It was really hard for me to part withthe Abdo-Lemons(the Formica pallidefulva colony that used to live in the tank), especially since they were kinda my first colony, but with a new pet to take care of it's better that I downsized my ant collection.
But still, if the Camponotus chromaiodes colony gets up to a good size this year, I will definitely be buying them a new, larger tank to create my dream terrarium in. Terrarium keeping is still something that interests me a lot.
And of course I'm going to post a pic of my Leopard gecko, Gucci Puma.
Crematogaster ashmeadi - The Valentine Soldiers - 1/06/19
There's nothing to say about this colony. They are still in hibernation in my fridge.
btw, I'll try to keep up with once a week updates, on Sundays.
Edited by FeedTheAnts, April 9 2019 - 7:18 AM.