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Acutus' Camponotus pennsylvanicus Journal Update 8/13/19 Queen #2 deceased


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#1 Offline Acutus - Posted May 6 2019 - 10:50 AM

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Guess what y'all? It's time to start this journal! I caught the Queen on April 23rd in Anne Arundel County Park. She was on a walking path that winds through the park and around a couple ponds.

We, my friend and myself, got her home and set her up in a nice Test Tube setup and and he took her home to keep her in a nice quiet dark place. 

 

This is her at Capture. Also my avatar. 

 

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SO........... why start the journal now?

'Cause over the weekend she laid 6 eggs and as of today there are 11!!

:yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:

 

I am so stoked right now!!!!!!!

 

Here is her gorgeous self with eggs!!

 

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Edited by Acutus, August 13 2019 - 7:28 AM.

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Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#2 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 6 2019 - 10:55 AM

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Mine have pupae already! :D
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#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 6 2019 - 11:35 AM

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Bro!!!
Congrats! I look forward to following her progress here.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#4 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 6 2019 - 11:38 AM

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Mine have pupae already! :D

HOW!?!?!?!?!


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#5 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 6 2019 - 11:40 AM

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Mine have pupae already! :D

HOW!?!?!?!?!

They are kept at a constant 82 degrees.

#6 Offline Acutus - Posted May 6 2019 - 12:08 PM

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Mine have pupae already! :D

HOW!?!?!?!?!

They are kept at a constant 82 degrees.

 

 

Yeah I think my next purchase is a 15 watt heat cable! :D


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Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#7 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 6 2019 - 12:57 PM

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Well my snake is atop my dresser, and she has a heat mat above a drawer, so the air is being heated, and is the most safe and effective way to heat ants.

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#8 Offline Acutus - Posted May 23 2019 - 12:52 PM

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Ok so now there are 2 C. Pennsylvanicus Queens!  :yahoo:  :yahoo:  :yahoo:

 

The first (Posted Above) is kept by a friend and I don't get regular updates. Last I was told the eggs weren't much bigger or anything than last time. we discussed plans to bring her to me as I can provide a warmer area to keep her.

 

This is the new Queen!! Captured just today at my friends daughters Pre-School. She was captured in a Starbucks cup and I have since set her up in a Test Tube Setup. She is covered, dark and warm! :D

I put a tiny drop of honey at the entrance to see if she'd take it. Have not checked to see though. 

 

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#9 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 23 2019 - 3:04 PM

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Omg that’s great! :) can’t wait to see how she does!
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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.

#10 Offline Acutus - Posted May 23 2019 - 8:19 PM

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Well the Honey was gone when I returned later so I know she'll eat. :D Maybe give her a termite or two tomorrow see if I can boost that brood production!!!  (y)


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#11 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 24 2019 - 2:03 AM

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Make sure to kill it, though, to prevent stressing her.

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


#12 Offline Acutus - Posted May 24 2019 - 4:44 AM

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Make sure to kill it, though, to prevent stressing her.

 

Yep! :)


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Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#13 Offline Acutus - Posted May 26 2019 - 2:51 PM

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Queen #1: I saw on Friday and she's about the same. no more eggs and they don't look like they've progressed very far. I suspect Temperature is the problem so we'll see what we can do about that. :D

 

Queen #2: I never did get her a termite to eat as when I was looking I found my "Not A. tennesseensis Colony" but I gave her another drop of honey and saw her drinking before I left. No eggs yet but hopefully soon!


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Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#14 Offline Acutus - Posted June 4 2019 - 7:34 PM

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Queen #1: No new information

 

Queen #2: Getting a little worried. She seems fine but no eggs or anything yet.  :thinking:  :thinking:


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Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#15 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 9 2019 - 4:13 PM

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Did she lay yet?


Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens: Brachymyrmex patagonicus, Solenopsis xyloni, Lasius cf. niger, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. caguatan, Formica argentea, Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Myrmica cf. tahoensis.

#16 Offline Acutus - Posted June 9 2019 - 7:10 PM

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Did she lay yet?

:/  :/  :/  (n)

 

Nope! I don't get it. She was caught as a Dealate but still no eggs. :mad:


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#17 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 10 2019 - 6:32 AM

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Being without wings does not ensure fertility, as I have, and seemingly you too, to our dismay.  Or you could try feeding her more protein, maybe she was malnourished in her home nest.


Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens: Brachymyrmex patagonicus, Solenopsis xyloni, Lasius cf. niger, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. caguatan, Formica argentea, Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Myrmica cf. tahoensis.

#18 Offline Acutus - Posted June 10 2019 - 6:56 AM

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Being without wings does not ensure fertility, as I have, and seemingly you too, to our dismay.  Or you could try feeding her more protein, maybe she was malnourished in her home nest.

 

Yes I actually did this today. Don't know if she has eaten it yet or not. She was eating honey but has stopped recently. Fingers crossed!


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Camponotus pennsylvanicus

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Formica subsericea


#19 Offline Acutus - Posted July 21 2019 - 1:12 PM

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Been awhile since I updated this journal. to be honest I almost forgot I even had C. pennsylvanicus! :)

 

Queen #1 is being kept by a friend. He reported to me a couple days ago that she has 2 nanitics!! :D

 

The really big surprise is the Queen #2 now has eggs!!!  :yahoo: Looks to be maybe a dozen and they look like they're progressing!  :yahoo:  I seriously gave up on this girl ever laying at all! I've had her since 5/23 and up to now nothing! Think I'm gonna invest in a TA Mini Hearth for this girl too!

 

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Edited by Acutus, July 21 2019 - 1:15 PM.

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Camponotus pennsylvanicus

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Formica subsericea


#20 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 21 2019 - 2:52 PM

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Congrats! :D
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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.




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