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AnthonyP163's Crematogaster journal (Updated 3/16/2018)

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#1 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted February 22 2017 - 8:32 PM

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So, I've had my queen since September. She got some workers but they all died in hibernation. :(

 

Anyway, she has pupae, larvae, and eggs now. I'll post some pics as soon as she gets workers, which will be in the next week or so.

 

Thanks!


Edited by AnthonyP163, March 16 2018 - 7:16 PM.

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#2 Offline gnr_zhao - Posted February 23 2017 - 7:21 PM

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Do you have photos?
I would like to know what kind of Crematogaster you are raising.

#3 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted March 5 2017 - 1:31 PM

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Here are the pictures of the new workers! They are Crematogaster Cerasi.

 

 


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#4 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted March 9 2017 - 8:41 PM

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She currently has 5 workers, and I plan to create an outworld for them soon. :D


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#5 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted April 4 2017 - 6:11 PM

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Woohoo! she's doing great with 10-15 workers. Here's them drinking honey.

 

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#6 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted January 22 2018 - 2:08 PM

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1/22/2018

 

I gave this colony away a while ago, but in August, I caught three queens and gave away two. I now have the one queen with a decent batch of eggs. 

 

Here are some pictures. 

 

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I'll update this journal when the queen gets pupae or workers.


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#7 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 22 2018 - 2:30 PM

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I'm really jealous. I've been searching for Crematogaster since I started antkeeping, and yet I've never found any.

 

Hope the queen does well!


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Colonies:

 

Queens:

  • Camponotus caryaeJournal
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus Journal
  • Formica subsericea
  • Lasius cf. claviger (Hibernating; No Host Colony)
  • Myrmecina americana  —  Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis x6 —  Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans x26  —  Journal

 

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii x2
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#8 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted February 11 2018 - 7:28 PM

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This queen has finally gotten pupae! She has 2 of them. She also has a few large larvae and a small batch of eggs. I'm super excited that I might get another colony of these cool ants.

Here's a few pictures. 

 

 

 

 

I'll update this when she gets workers.


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#9 Offline AntsMaryland - Posted February 12 2018 - 3:13 AM

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When you're proud of having some queen ants and then you realize you don't have Crematogaster.... and you just feel empty inside.... the joys of ant keeping...



#10 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted February 12 2018 - 2:14 PM

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I'm really jealous. I've been searching for Crematogaster since I started antkeeping, and yet I've never found any.

 

Hope the queen does well!

 

 

When you're proud of having some queen ants and then you realize you don't have Crematogaster.... and you just feel empty inside.... the joys of ant keeping...

Crematogaster sure are a popular species huh? Great colony btw, can't wait till they get workers.


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#11 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted February 13 2018 - 6:28 PM

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Nice! One of my queens just got their first crematogaster workers and its one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It's pale gray with big black eyes, but short and stout legs and antennae. It's just sitting on top of the area where the heat mat, just keeping itself warm while the queen's near the moist cotton at the other end. I can't wait for the colony to grow, I plan on moving them into a (hopefully) arboreal setup, although all the crematogaster workers I find are terrestrial.

Current colonies-

 

- 2 Camponotus chromaoides

- 1 Aphaenogaster sp. colony

- 1 Crematogaster colony

- 1 Strumigenys colony :yahoo:  :dance:  :dance2: 

 

Species checklist(ants found so far)-

- Aphaenogaster teneseensis

- Aphaenogaster picea

- Aphaenogaster sp.

- Brachymyrmex patagonicus

- Camponotus castaneus

- Camponotus chromaoides

- Camponotus nearcticus

- Camponotus pennsylvanicus

- Camponotus subbarbatus

- Colobopsis impressus(dead queen... :*(

- Crematogaster sp.

- Formica pallidefulva

- Formica sanguinea

- Formica subsericea

- Hypoponera sp.

- Lasius claviger

- Lasius umbratus

- Lasius neoniger

- Lasius sp.

- Monomorium minimum

- Myrmica sp.

- Nylanderia flavipes

- Pheidole morrisi

- Pheidole bicarinata

- Pheidole dentata(all pheidole found were workers only :( )

- Ponera pennsylvanica

- Prenolepis imparis

- Strumigenys rostrata

​- Stigmatomma pallipes :dance2:  :dance:

- Tetramorium immigrans

- Tapinoma sessile

 

Queens/colonies to Look for-

- Pheidole

- Trachymyrmex septentrionalis

- Polyergus

- Dolichoderus

- Myrmica

- Stigmatomma pallipes


#12 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted February 14 2018 - 7:18 AM

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Nice! One of my queens just got their first crematogaster workers and its one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It's pale gray with big black eyes, but short and stout legs and antennae. It's just sitting on top of the area where the heat mat, just keeping itself warm while the queen's near the moist cotton at the other end. I can't wait for the colony to grow, I plan on moving them into a (hopefully) arboreal setup, although all the crematogaster workers I find are terrestrial.

How would you go about making the arboreal setup? And ya, I've never seen Crematogaster nesting anywhere but the ground and occasionally rotting wood


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#13 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted February 14 2018 - 12:42 PM

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Nice! One of my queens just got their first crematogaster workers and its one of the cutest things I have ever seen. It's pale gray with big black eyes, but short and stout legs and antennae. It's just sitting on top of the area where the heat mat, just keeping itself warm while the queen's near the moist cotton at the other end. I can't wait for the colony to grow, I plan on moving them into a (hopefully) arboreal setup, although all the crematogaster workers I find are terrestrial.

How would you go about making the arboreal setup? And ya, I've never seen Crematogaster nesting anywhere but the ground and occasionally rotting wood
I'm not 100 percent sure but probably use some hollow sticks ir bamboo poles.
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Current colonies-

 

- 2 Camponotus chromaoides

- 1 Aphaenogaster sp. colony

- 1 Crematogaster colony

- 1 Strumigenys colony :yahoo:  :dance:  :dance2: 

 

Species checklist(ants found so far)-

- Aphaenogaster teneseensis

- Aphaenogaster picea

- Aphaenogaster sp.

- Brachymyrmex patagonicus

- Camponotus castaneus

- Camponotus chromaoides

- Camponotus nearcticus

- Camponotus pennsylvanicus

- Camponotus subbarbatus

- Colobopsis impressus(dead queen... :*(

- Crematogaster sp.

- Formica pallidefulva

- Formica sanguinea

- Formica subsericea

- Hypoponera sp.

- Lasius claviger

- Lasius umbratus

- Lasius neoniger

- Lasius sp.

- Monomorium minimum

- Myrmica sp.

- Nylanderia flavipes

- Pheidole morrisi

- Pheidole bicarinata

- Pheidole dentata(all pheidole found were workers only :( )

- Ponera pennsylvanica

- Prenolepis imparis

- Strumigenys rostrata

​- Stigmatomma pallipes :dance2:  :dance:

- Tetramorium immigrans

- Tapinoma sessile

 

Queens/colonies to Look for-

- Pheidole

- Trachymyrmex septentrionalis

- Polyergus

- Dolichoderus

- Myrmica

- Stigmatomma pallipes


#14 Offline AntsMaryland - Posted February 14 2018 - 4:00 PM

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Cool!

Keep us posted!



#15 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted February 21 2018 - 2:44 PM

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 Nanitics! She got her first workers about a week ago, and has four right now. I fed them a drop of sugar water. There are a few more workers bound to eclose in the next week or so.

 

 

 

They're pretty fast, here's a video of them running around. You could see trophalaxis happening between the worker and the queen in the end! 

 


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#16 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted March 16 2018 - 7:15 PM

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This colony is now at 8 workers, and the queen has just laid more eggs and has small larvae. I fed them a pinhead cricket today.

 

 

Here's them drinking sugar water.

Here's trophalaxis between a queen and worker.

Workers ripping legs of the dead cricket and worker feeding the larvae.

 

They're out of water, and their test tube is dirty. Therefore they'll be in a new tube for the next update.


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#17 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted April 6 2018 - 3:30 PM

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I finally got them to move before I went on vacation for a few days. I came back to see the queen without a head. That'll conclude this journal until I get another one in the fall.



#18 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 6 2018 - 3:31 PM

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I finally got them to move before I went on vacation for a few days. I came back to see the queen without a head. That'll conclude this journal until I get another one in the fall.

Wow, that's weird. Do you think the workers did it?


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#19 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted April 6 2018 - 3:32 PM

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I finally got them to move before I went on vacation for a few days. I came back to see the queen without a head. That'll conclude this journal until I get another one in the fall.

Wow, that's weird. Do you think the workers did it?

 

I don't know, I don't think they did. Sometimes the queens die of this species, and it happens really sudden. The workers probably tried to move the body.







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