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Aaron's Camponotus snellingi Journal (Updated 6/12/19)

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#1 Offline Aaron567 - Posted May 8 2019 - 2:33 PM

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Camponotus snellingi

 

Camponotus snellingi is a species in the Myrmentoma subgenus that is known only from the American southeast. They're most morphologically similar to Camponotus decipiens and Camponotus nearcticus, but are known for having black and yellow on their gasters. Some populations completely lack the black gaster coloration and are fully orange.

 

On May 1, 2019, at around 8:30-9:00PM, at my black light I found three weirdly small queens of what I'm currently identifying as Camponotus snellingi. I found a fourth one the following night. These queens flew at dusk (I think snellingi are usually day fliers like decipiens?) and are a much darker red than "typical" snellingi queens which seem to be more of an orange color rather than maroon red, with much less yellow on their gasters. They lack the head pubescence of discolor and caryae. They measure only 8-9 millimeters whereas normal queens can be 11-12 mm according to other people that have caught this species. A couple of the queens I caught have slightly more yellow than the others. 

 

One of the queens laid her first egg on May 6 and shed her wings on May 8. The other three have yet to do so but I expect them to lay soon. I doubt that only one is fertile.

 

May 1, 2019

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May 6, 2019

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May 8, 2019

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Edited by Aaron567, June 12 2019 - 2:05 PM.

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#2 Online NickAnter - Posted May 13 2019 - 5:49 PM

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Good luck, and I too agree with your identification of Camponotus snellingi, the coloration fits perfectly.


Currently keeping:             

Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

                                                                                              "Either you will control your government, or government will control you." -Ronald Reagan

                                                                                "Leadership is the art is getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -                                                                                   Dwight  D. Eisenhower

                        

 

Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(1 tube with 8 queens, one fertile)

---Monomorium ergatognya(1) Pheidole navigans(3 separate queens) Hypoponera spp. (2 separate queens)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.


#3 Offline souljah212 - Posted May 14 2019 - 6:02 AM

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Nice. Is using a black light to capture them easier? Been waiting to get some since moving to Florida. I did catch what I believe to be a monomorium Pharaoh last week. And she’s Laid some eggs already. What camera do you use?

#4 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 12 2019 - 2:20 PM

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June 12, 2019

 

Two of the four queens were seemingly infertile and have died. The wingless queen's first worker hatched today and the other queen will probably have hers by tomorrow. Each of these queens will only get two nanitics.. perhaps the queens cannot store enough fat during the founding process to raise more than two or three.

 

This nanitic is slightly smaller than the nanitic of Camponotus decipiens. Even with her pale callow color I can still tell that she has the signature gaster coloration that characterizes this species. 

 

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