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Disaster Avoided + Weird Camponotus herculeanus Worker Behavoir

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#1 Offline dermy - Posted January 7 2017 - 3:24 PM

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I had some nasty yellowy mold [as well as black mold] in my Formica hibernation container [which I just looked up have been in hibernation since November 2015...... Oops!] so I cleaned it out and luckily was able to save the three queens.

 

Not the best video [wish I took picture too] Is there any chance I can get these queens to start colonies? they seem able enough as long as I probably provide them with a quick sugar meal every now and again. I did feed them after cleaning them [and tossing out the old container, I have tons of the same kind anyway]

 

 

Also not really related to this topic [I don't wanna start a new topic just for it though] I was cleaning out my Camponotus and the workers like had at each other for a few seconds I assume this is normal but it was fun to get it recorded [I usually miss these things]

 

 

 

 



#2 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted January 7 2017 - 5:11 PM

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Looks like the Camponotus workers were striating, an auditory method of communication in ants.


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If you've enjoyed using my expertise and identifications, please do not create undue ecological risk by releasing your ants. The environment which we keep our pet insects is alien and oftentimes unsanitary, so ensure that wild populations stay safe by giving your ants the best care you can manage for the rest of their lives, as we must do with any other pet.

 

Exotic ants are for those who think that vibrant diversity is something you need to pay money to see. It is illegal to transport live ants across state lines.

 

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#3 Offline dermy - Posted January 7 2017 - 8:03 PM

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Looks like the Camponotus workers were striating, an auditory method of communication in ants.

That is really cool! I knew ants [esp. Camponotus] communicated using various sounds and such but never seen it/didn't know what it would look like.







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