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FeedTheAnts Ant Journals - Crematogaster and Camponotus - Virginia - 2019


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#101 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted May 22 2019 - 5:55 AM

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Do the Valentines have any alates yet?

Nope. They ate the alate larvae that they had earlier in the year, and I don't think they'll produce any more alate brood.


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   Keeper Of                   Journal              Formerly TennesseeAnts               Ants I want to collect this year:

 
Crematogaster ashmeadi                                                                                                                                              #1        Polyergus ruber
                                                                                                                                                     #2       Camponotus castaneus

Crematogaster cerasi                                                                                                                                  
 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus discolor


#102 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted May 22 2019 - 1:43 PM

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I just boosted the Camponotus chromaiodes with some wild caught C. pennsylvanicus brood. It was about 40-50 larvae and pupae. Some of the pupae appear to be majors, and one of the larva is absolutely massive. I took them from a relatively young colony, so none of the brood will develop into alates.


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   Keeper Of                   Journal              Formerly TennesseeAnts               Ants I want to collect this year:

 
Crematogaster ashmeadi                                                                                                                                              #1        Polyergus ruber
                                                                                                                                                     #2       Camponotus castaneus

Crematogaster cerasi                                                                                                                                  
 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus discolor


#103 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted Yesterday, 10:07 AM

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A little update on the brood boost. All of the puoae and larvae have been carried into the nest and the workers are tending to the new brood. The extra larvae have increased the colony's appetite for protein as well, and last night they took a large spider. It was the first time they had accepted any protein food in more than a week. 

I plan on heading out to a hiking trail tonight after dark and seeing if I can catch some queens since today was especially hot. I would hate to miss out on Camponotus castaneus nuptial flights this year. Also, I'm pretty sure there are Colobopsis in my area, and since others seem to be catching them right now then I figured it would be worth it to look around. 


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Crematogaster ashmeadi                                                                                                                                              #1        Polyergus ruber
                                                                                                                                                     #2       Camponotus castaneus

Crematogaster cerasi                                                                                                                                  
 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus discolor


#104 Offline ANTdrew - Posted Yesterday, 10:27 AM

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Good luck! I went out last night and came up empty handed.


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


#105 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted Today, 5:47 AM

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Woohoo! Last night I caught a camponotus castaneus queen :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:

I'm founding her in a mini hearth, not a test tube. Some people have had success founding certain queens in these, so I thought I'd try it out.


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Crematogaster ashmeadi                                                                                                                                              #1        Polyergus ruber
                                                                                                                                                     #2       Camponotus castaneus

Crematogaster cerasi                                                                                                                                  
 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus discolor


#106 Offline ANTdrew - Posted Today, 7:28 AM

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Holy crap!!! FTA for the win!

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


#107 Offline ANTdrew - Posted Today, 8:11 AM

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I came up “empty test-tubed” again last night. Meanwhile my wife saw a “big orange/red queen” at the park. WTH???

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


#108 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted Today, 12:07 PM

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I caught a Camponotus nearcticus queen this morning. Here's a short video of the two new queens :)


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   Keeper Of                   Journal              Formerly TennesseeAnts               Ants I want to collect this year:

 
Crematogaster ashmeadi                                                                                                                                              #1        Polyergus ruber
                                                                                                                                                     #2       Camponotus castaneus

Crematogaster cerasi                                                                                                                                  
 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus discolor


#109 Offline Acutus - Posted Today, 12:46 PM

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Congrats on the two new Queens!! 






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