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My Camponotus castaneus and Solenopsis invicta queens (Spytim)

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#1 Offline spytim - Posted July 2 2015 - 9:48 AM

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6/24/2015

Hello everyone, I decided to make a journal on my Camponotus castaneus Queen and several of my queens I caught here in South Carolina. Currently i have them all in a test tube setup out in my shed in the dark, I got Solenopsis invicta during a nuptial flight a couple weeks back from a colony that recently passed away due to pest control. Being new to anting i have been very careful not to disturb them and only check on them once a week. So far the Solenopsis invicta are doing great! All three queens have laid a ton of eggs, here is a picture. (Hopefully the picture is not too large and not too bad quality)

Queen #1 
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And my beautiful Camponotus castaneus queen, so pretty ^_^

Queen #2 
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I have high hopes for these girls, fingers crossed! 
(Any suggestions are welcome, I'm new to this :3)

 

6/27/2015

I just checked one of my Solenopsis invicta queens and i have nanitics! I will post a picture as soon as she gets a couple more. ^_^

6/28/2015

Hurray! Now it is time to give them a little honey. :D

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7/2/2015 

Queen #3 the second Solenopsis queen now have three nanitics! hurray! 

SO HAPPY! ^_^ 
(More photos soon!) 



#2 Offline Ants4fun - Posted July 2 2015 - 2:36 PM

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Congrats!

#3 Offline spytim - Posted July 5 2015 - 10:43 AM

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Well, my Camponotus has three larvae and one cocoon currently with several more eggs. For the sake of not disturbing her, i will wait till a larger development before taking pictures. As for my Solenopsis, the first one is up to over 20 workers and is still in the test tube but now in a large container to forage in. (I'm all about simple setups) The second one just reached about 13 workers and is connected to a small 6 by 2 foraging container. And finally the last one is about 5 workers but a bunch of eggs! 

 

Solenopsis COLONY 2 (hopefully pics are all right) 

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Solenopsis COLONY 1

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