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#1 Offline CampoKing - Posted February 8 2019 - 12:00 AM

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My best-performing C. pennsylvanicus colony means business this month. I spotted the largest larvae I've ever seen tonight, captive or wild.  Is it going to be my first major worker?
 
I apologize ahead of time for image quality. I keep my colonies in poor man's habitats consisting of those pet store critter cages and wood, but the ants love it.
 
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PS: I'm very curious what experience others have with carpenter larvae.  What's the largest you've documented in your colonies?

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#2 Offline PwnerPie - Posted February 8 2019 - 10:42 AM

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YES! that's your first major! Congrats! The majors are AWESOME! Camponotus are my favorite species to raise. Watch the majors actions, they always tend to guard the queen, atleast in the beginning. They rarely forage and act as guards at the entrance of the queens test tube. It is awesome seeing the different roles. Have fun!


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1x Formica Pacifica - Name: "Becky" (for her big butt obviously). First one caught after learning how to care for queens
2x Camponotus Pennsylvanicus

1x Tetramorium Immigrans

2x Lasius Sp
Founding:
3x Lasius Sp
3x Formica Accreta
2x Myrmica Rubra

Goal: Supply school science classes with colonies for learning. - GAN Farmer: 4 Colonies sold


#3 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 8 2019 - 4:36 PM

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Few days ago, I noticed my C. chromaiodes colony has over 50 larvae like that. They have over 200 workers now. The rest of the brood is either minor cocoons, or small larvae that are developing, or eggs. Over 300 brood total. Good luck! That major is going to be a really amazing addition!
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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#4 Offline CampoKing - Posted February 8 2019 - 6:47 PM

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Few days ago, I noticed my C. chromaiodes colony has over 50 larvae like that. They have over 200 workers now. The rest of the brood is either minor cocoons, or small larvae that are developing, or eggs. Over 300 brood total. Good luck! That major is going to be a really amazing addition!


That sounds like a third year colony, am I right? Because I'm expecting as much as 250 adults at the end of this (second) year from that colony pictured in my post.
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#5 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 9 2019 - 7:41 PM

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Yeah, third year. I caught them at the end of their second year. Might get alates this year, the larvae are so big!

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

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#6 Offline CampoKing - Posted February 12 2019 - 8:22 AM

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Some more pics of "beastly larvae" in two of my C. pennsylvanicus colonies :)

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#7 Offline PwnerPie - Posted February 12 2019 - 1:07 PM

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YESSSS! Dude! So many majors!!

Keeper of:
1x Formica Pacifica - Name: "Becky" (for her big butt obviously). First one caught after learning how to care for queens
2x Camponotus Pennsylvanicus

1x Tetramorium Immigrans

2x Lasius Sp
Founding:
3x Lasius Sp
3x Formica Accreta
2x Myrmica Rubra

Goal: Supply school science classes with colonies for learning. - GAN Farmer: 4 Colonies sold





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