I teach a high school level Entomology class in the east Bay Area, California, and as we've been more generalists, learning about most Orders of insects, I have my social insects unit coming up in a month or so. I received a grant for my first AntsCanada setup (formicarium, outworld, etc), and in the next few weeks I'll be getting ready to introduce a few Camponotus quercicola (one mated queen and a few workers). I am starting with this species as they are endemic to this area.
This is the first time we'll have the opportunity to dive deep into one species, and I'm sure I'll be coming back to this web site and community frequently as I learn to care for our new ants. I'm doing a lot of reading on how to get started, and am excited to gain some experience with caring for a growing colony of ants.
I welcome any and all tips and critiques of my setup, as I will likely post pics or journal entries. If there are any of you who are C. quercicola experts with tips on working with this species, feel free to contact me.
Thank you, sincerely,