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#261 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 27 2019 - 3:26 AM

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Camponotus cf nigriceps queen laid 8 more eggs to compliment her single cocoon.

I haven't seen her in a while, and she is a pretty one, her gaster is so light it makes her look like a Camponotus eastwoodi

Nigriceps normally have a dark/black gaster.

 

click to enlarge - note the dent in her mouth area in the second pic. Pics of nigriceps I have seem do not have this dent so maybe she is something else.....

 

 


Edited by CoolColJ, January 27 2019 - 3:27 AM.

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Current ant colonies -
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Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#262 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 27 2019 - 5:33 AM

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Colobopsis macrocephala queen with her brood

 

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Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#263 Offline kingz2015 - Posted January 27 2019 - 4:03 PM

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What camera do you all use? Are there attachments I can get for my phone that are fairly priced?

#264 Offline CoolColJ - Posted January 27 2019 - 7:20 PM

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What camera do you all use? Are there attachments I can get for my phone that are fairly priced?


Panasonic G85 with Pana Leica 45mm macro lens, external flash.
Then photos are tweaked in ACDSee

I have a Blitzwolf 15x macro lens that works quiet well with Pixel 2XL phone, but the focus distance is like 1-2 inches, so you have to get very close.
Works better with a phone with 2-3x optical zoom. which my phone does not have, so if i zoom in I loose sharpness :/
The magnification is there, if your phone has 2-3x optical zoom, but you need a lot of light to make it look good indoors
With a phone with 2-3x optical zoom, better to get a 10x macro lens for greater focus distance.

So some LED lights are needed as well. Some of those inexpensive video LED light arrays works well
With a phone you can't adjust the aperture of the lens, so your stuck with the shallow of depth of field.

If you invest in a tripod mount for the phone, and attach one of these LED lights on it, or on a stand, you can get decent results


My phone with the Blitzwolf clip on macro lens, and then tweaked in ACDSee
Pheidole antipodum queen is 15mm, and the smaller workers are 2mm.
Slight crop so slightly zoomed in, but unless you have optical zoom on your phone not worth zooming in.


Edited by CoolColJ, January 27 2019 - 7:54 PM.

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#265 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 31 2019 - 11:51 AM

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Some photos from my journals

 

Camponotus pennsylvanicus coming out of hibernation

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Formica obscuriventris queen and host workers with some eggs

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Formica subsericea holding brood from the ceiling

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#266 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 3 2019 - 11:42 PM

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Yikes, my Camponotus aeneopilosus's first and only cocoon eclosed and it's drone... its a drone! :thinking: :blink:

Dang, she has 15 more larvae so they can't all be drones... hopefully!!!
Interestingly her drone has bent antenna

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Camponotus suffusus bendigensis queen2 and her 12 nanitics vs Meat ant queen and her 2 nanitics, size difference.
2cm with bloated gaster and 9mm nanitics - vs - 14mm and 6-7mm

 


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Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#267 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 4 2019 - 5:06 AM

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Myrmecia fulvipes, gets her first worker! :yahoo:
Her gaster is even more gold than the queen!
Check those bands on the queen's gaster , she is bloated in her Myrmecia way :)



What a little munchkin :*



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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#268 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 8 2019 - 12:44 AM

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Camponotus nigriceps 19mm queen and her first nanitic

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Edited by CoolColJ, February 8 2019 - 1:23 AM.

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#269 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted February 9 2019 - 6:23 PM

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#270 Offline CoolColJ - Posted Today, 12:49 AM

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Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant) 60+ workers

Counted at least 20 cocoons and 7 large larvae, not sure on eggs.
Looks like there is a good chance they will get to 100 workers before winter!

gave them a semi alive medium sized roach and they swarmed it and carried it inside the nest :)


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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies...  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/





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