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Dspdrew's Camponotus anthrax Journal [50] (Discontinued)

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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 25 2013 - 8:30 PM

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5-26-2013

 

I caught this Camponotus anthrax queen May 26th 2013, under a small rock along side a fire road in the Cleveland
National Forest of Southern California.
Original ID thread: http://antfarm.yuku.com/topic/16071

 

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She laid eggs a few days later.

 

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My original journal was lost, so unfortunately I don't have records of when the first workers arrived.

 

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This colony got up to about eight workers, and then a few died off. Near the end of July, the remaining four workers for some reason ate all of their brood one day. I actually watched them tear a cocoon open and eat the entire pupa inside. A few weeks later, they had a couple new larvae again.


Edited by dspdrew, May 26 2015 - 11:02 PM.
Added new microscope pictures.


#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 25 2013 - 8:36 PM

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  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Update 8-9-2013

 

My Camponotus essigi queen  died today, so I gave its brood to this colony. This was just a couple of larvae, one of which was quite a bit larger than the rest. They accepted it all and immediately added it to their pile of brood.



#3 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 25 2013 - 8:52 PM

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Update 9-25-2013

 

Nothing has changed much with this colony, but by now all the brood, including the brood taken from the C. essigi colony has pupated. The one larva that was larger than the rest continued to grow bigger and bigger, and is now a cocoon about three times the size of all the other cocoons, not a whole lot smaller than the queen that produced it. It's suspected that the extra large brood the C. essigi queen produced might possibly be an alate.



#4 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 29 2013 - 7:33 AM

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  • LocationSanta Ana, CA

Update 9-29-2013
 
Yesterday the large cocoon eclosed, and it was indeed an alate--a male. At first the workers spent a while (what looked like) trying to remove its wings. They successfully removed one wing, but the rest still remain.
 

 
 
So far they all seem to be getting along, and at one point, it looked like the queen was even feeding the male.

 



#5 Offline dspdrew - Posted March 18 2014 - 5:04 PM

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Update 3-18-2014
 
Over time this queen seemed to kill off her workers and the one male, or they just died off and she dismantled them or ate them... I don't know. Eventually she had no workers left at all. Now, after about a month and a half, she has five new larvae.



#6 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 21 2014 - 6:28 PM

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Update 7-21-2014
 
After about six months without workers, this queen just had a worker eclose, with another close behind. Let's hope she doesn't murder them all this time.



#7 Offline Mathiacus - Posted July 21 2014 - 9:08 PM

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What a vicious fail-mum. I hope you have her far from your other queens, she is bad news ;-)

#8 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted July 22 2014 - 7:30 PM

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I want a Camponotus! Very jealous of all your journals though still.



#9 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 20 2014 - 2:14 PM

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What has happened?



#10 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 21 2014 - 4:06 AM

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She never finished helping the worker eclose, and it died. I think she then ate the other one again, so she has nothing now.



#11 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 27 2014 - 4:09 PM

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Update 10-27-2014
 
The last two workers ended up dead soon after eclosing like most all the past workers have. Today, after a year and five months, this queen finally died. Maybe I'll find another one next year.







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