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Rstheant’s Camponotus fragilis


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#1 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 3 2019 - 12:57 PM

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Hi,

I wanted to start a journal on this species and here it is. I aquired this colony from nurbs last July with YsTheAnt. At first, I didn’t take good care of this colony. They were growing very slowly. Near December, I made an incubator and the growth rates started to speed up. I give them Sunburst Ant Nectar and crickets and fruit flies every 1-3 days to ensure maximum brood. This colony has 30+ workers, 14 pupa, 9 larvae, and a batch of 10 eggs. They also have two majors!!

Here are some pictures:









The photos were taken with my iPad, and a diffused flashlight. I was too lazy to get out my other equipment. :lol:

Edited by Rstheant, March 5 2019 - 3:20 PM.

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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#2 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted March 3 2019 - 1:02 PM

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Did you put them on heat before they were on the incubator? I'm debating whether I should put mine in one as well, since they seem to be doing okay just on a heat mat.



#3 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 3 2019 - 1:16 PM

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I used to heat them with a heat cable. They did okay. I keep them around 86-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#4 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 4 2019 - 3:25 PM

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This colony has a new worker enclose. He was still white when I saw him. Other than that, brood count looks around the same. I also gave the some crickets. My Solenopsis xyloni escaped and attacked my Camponotus sansabeanus; they lost 4 workers. I’m glad they didn’t attack the golden colony. Here are some pictures of the majors:



As you can see, they are tucked close together.

Sorry the light reflected off the tube, even though it was diffused. Still hope you can see the majors, Billy and Bob.

Edited by Rstheant, March 4 2019 - 3:26 PM.

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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#5 Offline nurbs - Posted March 4 2019 - 4:10 PM

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Looking good. They respond well to heat. I purposely don't heat or feed mine too much because once you do, they grow fast for Camponotus.


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#6 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 4 2019 - 4:19 PM

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Are these NCC? I wish these lived in Tennessee... We have C. castaneus though!

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#7 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 4 2019 - 5:57 PM

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Yes, they are NCC. They have monster brood. Didn’t expect that much. If you lay all the brood around the cotton, it will be at least 1 cm ish tall! :yahoo:
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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#8 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 4 2019 - 5:58 PM

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One dark major pupa coming up. I’ll update once he encloses. Any names?
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#9 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 4 2019 - 6:16 PM

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I dub my fragilis colony RsCC. Boo yah nurbs!!

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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#10 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 4 2019 - 6:18 PM

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Oh BTW, off topic, nurbs, the one of the tenuinodis queens that you gave me has a larvae. The other just has eggs.
I love this queen. :*

Edited by Rstheant, March 4 2019 - 9:23 PM.

My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#11 Offline anttics - Posted March 4 2019 - 7:05 PM

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This colony has a new worker enclose. He was still white when I saw him. Other than that, brood count looks around the same. I also gave the some crickets. My Solenopsis xyloni escaped and attacked my Camponotus sansabeanus; they lost 4 workers. I’m glad they didn’t attack the golden colony. Here are some pictures of the majors:



As you can see, they are tucked close together.

Sorry the light reflected off the tube, even though it was diffused. Still hope you can see the majors, Billy and Bob.


Oh man. Poor salsabeans. I had a colony of sansabenus with a 16mm queen, and 3 nanitics. This large camponotus did not need hibernation. Caught her on my spot. Which has a tiny micro climate. They where attacked by argentine ants. All workers were killed. The queen died a few days after the attack. It was a bummer. I will caught another one in a few weeks when they fly.
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#12 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted March 4 2019 - 8:25 PM

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This colony has a new worker enclose. He was still white when I saw him. Other than that, brood count looks around the same. I also gave the some crickets. My Solenopsis xyloni escaped and attacked my Camponotus sansabeanus; they lost 4 workers. I’m glad they didn’t attack the golden colony. Here are some pictures of the majors:



As you can see, they are tucked close together.

Sorry the light reflected off the tube, even though it was diffused. Still hope you can see the majors, Billy and Bob.

How do you have so much brood. :| Does your queen lay in batches? When my colony grows really fast, it usually only has ~9 pupae, since the rest eclose before a new one is created. I think my queen just kept laying steadily. Cool to see different forms of growth in these ants though.



#13 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 4 2019 - 9:14 PM

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Secret is:

Surplus in protein every 2-3 days, and heat.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#14 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 4 2019 - 9:22 PM

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Thanks for the questions. It’s good to know that people enjoy my updates.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#15 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 5 2019 - 4:10 AM

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The majors new name is BillyBobJoe.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

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#16 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 5 2019 - 7:42 AM

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Ok, new major named: Billybobjoe.

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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#17 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 5 2019 - 9:06 AM

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Let me know when you need names!  :lol:


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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#18 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 5 2019 - 9:09 AM

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This colony has a new worker enclose. He was still white when I saw him. Other than that, brood count looks around the same. I also gave the some crickets. My Solenopsis xyloni escaped and attacked my Camponotus sansabeanus; they lost 4 workers. I’m glad they didn’t attack the golden colony. Here are some pictures of the majors:



As you can see, they are tucked close together.

Sorry the light reflected off the tube, even though it was diffused. Still hope you can see the majors, Billy and Bob.

How do you have so much brood. :| Does your queen lay in batches? When my colony grows really fast, it usually only has ~9 pupae, since the rest eclose before a new one is created. I think my queen just kept laying steadily. Cool to see different forms of growth in these ants though.

 

My chromaiodes queen never lays in batches. She lays every day almost. 


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

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#19 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 5 2019 - 2:43 PM

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Same, she lays steadily, sometimes more after recent protien. Also, a simple Nurbs formicarium v2. works well for this species.
I’ll name the other major: Dudeant2908.

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My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#20 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 5 2019 - 2:50 PM

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This colony has a new worker enclose. He was still white when I saw him. Other than that, brood count looks around the same. I also gave the some crickets. My Solenopsis xyloni escaped and attacked my Camponotus sansabeanus; they lost 4 workers. I’m glad they didn’t attack the golden colony. Here are some pictures of the majors:

As you can see, they are tucked close together.
Sorry the light reflected off the tube, even though it was diffused. Still hope you can see the majors, Billy and Bob.

How do you have so much brood. :| Does your queen lay in batches? When my colony grows really fast, it usually only has ~9 pupae, since the rest eclose before a new one is created. I think my queen just kept laying steadily. Cool to see different forms of growth in these ants though.

That’s just some.
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”- ...




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