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TennesseeAnt's Ant Journals - Crematogaster and Camponotus [2019]


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#1 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 6 2019 - 11:04 AM

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Link to my old journal for my ant's 2018 timeline

 

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 :D

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.

 
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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.

 

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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.

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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 TennesseeAnts, January 8 2019 - 10:25 AM.

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                                         Keeper Of
 
    
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
       

 

        Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 

       


#2 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 10 2019 - 6:03 PM

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The Woozles - Camponotus chromaiodes - 1/10/2019

At first glance they seem to have a good amount of workers, but in reality most of the ants in the nest are dead. I don't know why they don't take the dead out of the test tube, I've given them an outworld. I guess they haven't become active enough yet to start venturing out of the nest, which is understandable. 

I'm not worried about their survival though, because there are still almost 25 workers, and this colony has shown themselves to be really healthy in the past year. They also have a lot of young larvae from last year, so even if the queen doesn't start laying for a while they will still have workers on the way.

 

The Heffalumps - Camponotus castaneus - 1/10/2019

This is where it gets really pitiful. This colony was captured with seven workers last May. After a not very productive 2018, plagued with possible ant disease that kept killing the Colony's workers, they ended the year with 12 workers. 

Fast foward to post hibernation, and there are only 4 living workers. I'm not sure why so much of the colony died during hibernation, but hey, it isn't over till the queen dies, so I'm not giving up on this colony. Let's hope that they have a successful 2019 year.

 

The Valentine Soldiers - Crematogaster ashmeadi - 1/10/2019

I just got this colony out of hibernation, and when compared to my lumbering, slow Carpenter Ants, these are the polar opposite. The first thing I noticed was that there were soooo many dead ants on the surface of the dirt in their little dirt nest. But when I lifted up the little piece of wood that the colony lives under there was a ton of living ants. So ya, a lot died during hibernation, but the colony is still as large as it's ever been. 

I'd estimate the population at around 1000.


Edited by TennesseeAnts, January 10 2019 - 6:04 PM.

                                         Keeper Of
 
    
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
       

 

        Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 

       


#3 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted January 11 2019 - 8:02 AM

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Awww. I would have kept the Abodo-lemons! Btw, that gecko is too cute!
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#4 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 12 2019 - 8:24 AM

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The Valentine Soldiers - Crematogaster asmeadi - 1/12/2019

Since taking them out of hibernation all the workers seem to want to do is carry the dead workers around and look for a place to put them. I was tired of seeing so many dead ants, so I put the lid of a jar, upturned and filled with water, into their tank. By this morning they have thrown most of the dead ants into the water, and so I dumped it out and flushed it.

 

If you remember from last year, this colony went from a population of 20, to having over 1000 workers. That made it really difficult for me to hibernate them, so I got the entire colony to move into a little dirt nest, hoping it would make the hibernation process more simple, and it did. The colony is still housed in this little dirt nest. I have no intention to move them out(despite how ugly it is), because I don't want to stress the colony at all. My goal for the Valentines is that they rebuild their numbers before I even think about changing their setup.

 

The pool of dead ants
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Their little dirt setup
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                                         Keeper Of
 
    
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
       

 

        Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 

       


#5 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted January 14 2019 - 5:49 PM

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The Valentine Soldiers - Crematogaster ashmeadi - 1/14/2019

I've changed around their little dirt tank. There were two main changes that needed to be made. One, the dirt was too shallow and didn't drain well. This made hydration very hard. To fix this i just added a layer a better draining soil on top. Two, The piece of wood that was in the tank did not have many chambers and living spaces, so I swapped it for one that did. 

I nearly messed up big time when swapping it out though, and almost threw out the queen. I thought I had nearly finished brushing all the workers off the old piece of wood, but then I noticed more coming from inside of it. I had not yet noticed that they were in fact living in side of the wood, and was about to throw it out because I thought it was empty! Turns out the queen actually happened to be inside. So ya... I almost messed up big time %)

 
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The new piece of wood(it's partially buried)
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                                         Keeper Of
 
    
 
       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
       

 

        Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 

       





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