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NickAnter's Camponotus hyatti Journal
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Okay, a small update; she moved away from the nestmate area, so that means that I an check on her brood. It appears that most of her original eggs were trophic, as I can now see that she still has that large larva, and only three to five eggs.
Offline - Posted May 13 2019 - 4:39 PM
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Offline - Posted May 13 2019 - 4:43 PM
It is possible that it is a color variant of Camponotus clarithorax, but it's habitat and color, to me, makes it seem like it is C. discolor.
Offline - Posted May 14 2019 - 1:57 PM
Okay, so, a quick update: the larva has pupated!
Edit; One of those three eggs I mentioned in the previous update post has now turned into a third or fourth instar larva
Edited by NickAnter, May 14 2019 - 2:52 PM.
Offline - Posted May 15 2019 - 4:26 PM
That new larva I mentioned is now pupating, I do not see how they have developed this fast, unless it was the sudden addition of heat that caused this, or humidity requirements finally being met. edit, she took the sand off of it, or ate it because there is not a pupa in there, only a fairly large larva. IDK why this happened.
Edited by NickAnter, May 17 2019 - 3:32 PM.
Offline - Posted May 18 2019 - 7:40 AM
Still nothing to report, except that the pupa is starting to darken, I can't wait for workers!
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It's probably one of California's other Myrmentoma species. Camponotus discolor's distribution is centered more around Texas and parts of the eastern US and aren't likely found in California. A 1941 publication of a list of California's ants has discolor as the subspecies name in a few taxa but this was back when North American Myrmentoma species were unresolved. If yours do look a lot like discolor you can probably consider bakeri, hyatti, or sayi.
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