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ANTdrew's Camponotus Species Journal


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#61 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 17 2019 - 4:55 AM

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They don't need much. I find that hydrating once a week is good.
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#62 Offline Canadant - Posted July 17 2019 - 5:24 AM

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https://www.amazon.c...y case &sr=8-26
The plastic box I ordered to fashion their terrarium arrived. I like the size of it and the tight fitting lid. I think this could be useful for a lot of ant keeping applications.


These look amazing. Cheap too.
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#63 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 17 2019 - 7:58 PM

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Well, my wife went psycho mode on me last night after our resident Tapinoma ants figured out how to walk OVER WATER to get to the liquid feeder in my castanarium. I’m no longer a part of Team Castaneus as a result...
This journal will be solely chromaiodes until I can sell them off too.

Edited by ANTdrew, July 19 2019 - 7:14 AM.

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


#64 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 18 2019 - 5:20 AM

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Well, my wife went psycho b***h mode on me last night after our resident Tapinoma ants figured out how to walk OVER WATER to get to the liquid feeder in my castanarium. I’m no longer a part of Team Castaneus as a result...
This journal will be solely chromaiodes until I can sell them off too.


Aww, that’s sad. :(
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#65 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 18 2019 - 7:11 AM

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I was actually about to tell you, I found out Tapinoma sessile can walk OVER water. I was going to suggest you put fluon around the outside walls of the tank to keep them out. Sorry.

#66 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2019 - 8:05 AM

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Fluon on horizontal surfaces means nothing to Tapinoma.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#67 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 18 2019 - 9:36 AM

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Fluon on horizontal surfaces means nothing to Tapinoma.


Oh. That explains how my colony escaped.... :lol:

#68 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2019 - 9:46 AM

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My moat worked when it was 50% vinegar. I forgot the vinegar, hence psycho episode. I despise this species now with cruel hatred. I went against all my principles and put out the gel baits they take to kill the queen. I’m just sick of these ants threatening my entire hobby.

Edited by ANTdrew, July 19 2019 - 7:14 AM.

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


#69 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 18 2019 - 9:51 AM

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Wait, they killed the castaneus?! This means war... Oh, and the Tapinoma colony you are trying to kill, well, they are essentially immortal. They mate in the nest, have hundreds or thousands of different interconnected nests, each containing possibly millions of workers and thousands of queens.

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#70 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2019 - 9:59 AM

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No, they didn’t kill them. I just can’t keep them out of the terrarium.

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


#71 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 18 2019 - 10:04 AM

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Where are the castaneus then?

#72 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2019 - 10:16 AM

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I put their terrarium under a patio in my parents’ yard. Don’t crucify me, but I’ve chosen to release them.

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


#73 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 18 2019 - 10:32 AM

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Aww. Why? They were so cool... :*(

#74 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 18 2019 - 12:56 PM

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#75 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 31 2019 - 10:13 AM

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Update 7-31-2019

The C. castaneus queen my brother rescued from a busy street in downtown D.C. just got her first workers! I find it incredible that she made it this far considering that she was very likely to become road pizza under somebody's tires had my brother not picked her up. It took about exactly two months for her to get nanitics.

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I'm going to be selling this colony to another new VA ant keeper on here. I know she will be in great hands.

Edited by ANTdrew, July 31 2019 - 10:14 AM.

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


#76 Offline ANTdrew - Posted August 1 2019 - 5:10 AM

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Update 8-1-2019
I gave up on my crap Mcguiver firebrick nest after my C. chromaiodes vacated it due to over hydration on my part. They are in a test tube now, and I have a new mini-hearth ready to go for them. They went nuts for a termite feast I gave them last night.

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


#77 Offline Acutus - Posted August 1 2019 - 10:07 AM

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Wow! Don't know how I missed all this but I'm caught up now! I was thinking of doing a Firebrick formicarium as well. My hydration idea was to set it in a shallow pan that I could add water to. Was thinking the brick would slowly absorb the water in the bottom and wick up. Never tried it out though. The other way I thought was to just make nest mate type tubes and allow that to be the hydration. It doesn't really seem to me that these Camponotus need a ton of humidity.


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Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#78 Offline ANTdrew - Posted August 1 2019 - 3:20 PM

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Yeah, they really don’t. Mine freaked out whenever I hydrated their nest. If I were to make one again, I would design a water tower like THA for more consistent moisture.

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





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