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Acutus' Camponotus castaneus Brood Boost Journal update 6/12/19


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#21 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 5 2019 - 2:19 AM

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Another good Team Castaneus journal! What is that cool test tube holder?

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


#22 Offline Acutus - Posted June 5 2019 - 6:51 AM

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Also this is just an observation. But look at the wings on Queen 5 and compare them to Queen 4 (the other Queens 1-3 all look like this too) It just seemd odd that the one Queen that has laid also has her wings held differently. I know they usually lose them anyways but was wondering if anyone had ever noticed this?

 
 

 

 

 

It appears as if she's been trying to shed them as one pair is missing.

 

 

Then would she eat the other set? they are not in the test tube.  :thinking:

 

Another good Team Castaneus journal! What is that cool test tube holder?

 

I got them from Ants Canada in their Startup kits. I think they sell the rack separate though.


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Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

 

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#23 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 5 2019 - 7:48 AM

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The Camponotus americanus queen I had, that has a really weird color scheme, is actually Camponotus castaneus!!! She will be getting her first workers in a few weeks, as she has lots of larvae!
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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#24 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 5 2019 - 8:16 AM

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Welcome to Team Castaneus!

You had one all along!


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


#25 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 5 2019 - 9:15 AM

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Welcome to Team Castaneus!
You had one all along!


Yea. She just had a darker head than the specimen I now have. :lol:
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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#26 Offline TheRealAntMan - Posted June 5 2019 - 12:33 PM

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Also this is just an observation. But look at the wings on Queen 5 and compare them to Queen 4 (the other Queens 1-3 all look like this too) It just seemd odd that the one Queen that has laid also has her wings held differently. I know they usually lose them anyways but was wondering if anyone had ever noticed this?

 
 

 

 

 

It appears as if she's been trying to shed them as one pair is missing.

 

 

Then would she eat the other set? they are not in the test tube.  :thinking:

 

 

 

Then she probably dropped them before you caught her.


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#27 Offline Acutus - Posted June 5 2019 - 1:03 PM

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Also this is just an observation. But look at the wings on Queen 5 and compare them to Queen 4 (the other Queens 1-3 all look like this too) It just seemd odd that the one Queen that has laid also has her wings held differently. I know they usually lose them anyways but was wondering if anyone had ever noticed this?

 
 

 

 

 

It appears as if she's been trying to shed them as one pair is missing.

 

 

Then would she eat the other set? they are not in the test tube.  :thinking:

 

 

 

Then she probably dropped them before you caught her.

 

 

Nope!! you were right they were laying up on and under the cotton. I looked really good after your post! :D :D


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Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

 

https://video.fphl2-...394&oe=5D047F0F


#28 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 5 2019 - 1:47 PM

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Welcome to Team Castaneus!
You had one all along!


Never mind... The hairs on the malar region were just hard to find.... :(

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Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#29 Offline Acutus - Posted June 11 2019 - 10:05 AM

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 Update 6/11/19

 

So I decided to rob my C. castaneus Queenless colony today and try a Brood Boost in my Real C. castaneus colony! :D We'll see how it goes. They aren't attacking the brood at least not yet, so maybe that's a positive sign?

 

P1020361
 
Of the 5 Queens I captured still only Queen #5 has laid eggs. But there are more than the original 6 for sure! :D
 
P1020362crop

 


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Billy

 

Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

 

https://video.fphl2-...394&oe=5D047F0F


#30 Offline akaant - Posted June 11 2019 - 3:02 PM

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Camponotus americanus brood will also work if you happen to find them.


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AKA's Ant adoption.

http://www.formicult...achusetts-only/

Youtube. https://www.youtube....Hbsk2xiarcfGTmw

Keeper of...

Aphaenogaster sp

Camponotus americanus, castaneus, chromaiodes, novaeboracensis, pennsylvanicus.

Crematogaster sp

tetramorium immigrans

Formica sp

 

 

 


#31 Offline Acutus - Posted June 11 2019 - 6:52 PM

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Well the Boost went WAY BETTER than I expected. Shortly after postin I went back in and took this video!! :D

 

 

So I took the rest of the Brood and Larvae and put them in as well.

 

P1020367
 
In less then 10 minutes the second cap pictured was already in the Test Tube! :D They still won't go into the nest area of the formicarium though!  :mad:

Edited by Acutus, June 11 2019 - 6:52 PM.

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Billy

 

Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

 

https://video.fphl2-...394&oe=5D047F0F


#32 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 11 2019 - 6:55 PM

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That’s great! :D ants can really be stubborn sometimes though :lol:
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#33 Offline Acutus - Posted June 12 2019 - 8:20 AM

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Update 6/12

 

Well I'd say the Brood Boost went well!!  :lol:  :lol:

 

P1020368

 

You'd think they'd wanna move into the nest area of the formicarium.  :thinking:

May have to rethink things a bit.


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Billy

 

Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

 

https://video.fphl2-...394&oe=5D047F0F





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