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Dspdrew's Crematogaster sp.2 Journal [80] (Discontinued)

Crematogaster Dspdrew journal

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#1 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 16 2013 - 10:30 PM

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7-28-2013

 

I found this Crematogaster queen on July 12th 2013, in Trabuco Canyon, Southern California, wandering in a dry riverbed just after dark. At first in the dark it looked to me like some sort of Camponotus, but it was months past their time to fly out in the West. Once I got home, I got a better look and could clearly see it was a myrmicine of some sort. Turns out it's Crematogaster, but I don't know the species; all I know is it's much larger than my other Crematogaster queen, and quite different in color than any other Crematogaster I've seen around here.
Original ID thread: http://antfarm.yuku....94#.UfXSuvUoBOU.



A day or two later it started laying eggs, and now has a nice sized pile of eggs and small larvae.



#2 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 16 2013 - 10:32 PM

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Update 8-8-2013

 

This queen now has her first pupae, and they look to be about the same size as my other Crematogaster queen's workers--so small compared to her size.



#3 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 16 2013 - 10:34 PM

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Update 8-20-2013

 

The queen got her first worker yesterday. Here's a few pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 



#4 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 28 2013 - 3:15 AM

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Update 9-28-2013

This colony is doing well and seems very healthy. They are now up to 21 workers, and have a good sized pile of brood.

 

 



#5 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 30 2013 - 1:19 AM

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Update 11-30-2013

This colony is still growing, and is now up to about 45 workers.

 



#6 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 14 2014 - 9:59 PM

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Update 2-14-2014

It looks like their test tube is pretty much dry now, so I moved them into a foraging container with a fresh new test tube and a liquid feeder full of humming bird nectar. Their colony now has approximately 65 workers.



#7 Offline Anthony - Posted February 15 2014 - 6:49 AM

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Very nice .

#8 Offline LAnt - Posted February 15 2014 - 12:10 PM

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If you had a formicarium available, would you put them in it yet?



#9 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 15 2014 - 7:55 PM

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Of course.



#10 Offline Matt - Posted March 15 2014 - 2:03 AM

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You have lots of Crematogaster species, I really like this genus. Unfortunately there are only two species in France which are too similar : Crematogaster scutellaris and auberti.



#11 Offline dspdrew - Posted March 15 2014 - 8:28 AM

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They're very similar here too, which is why It's so hard to ID them to the species level.



#12 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted August 3 2014 - 5:42 PM

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What happened.



#13 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted September 3 2014 - 3:29 PM

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I think these are the ones that I have as well, although mine are even more black... Mine have no brown, they are absolutely jet black and with a polished looking shine.



#14 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 21 2015 - 6:13 PM

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Update 5-21-2015

My main colony continues to shrink, and is now down to 25 workers.
 
One of my newer colonies is up to around 20 or so workers. I moved this new colony into a byFormica GroTube XL about three weeks ago and they've been doing well ever since.

 

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#15 Offline Lamarr - Posted May 22 2015 - 4:52 PM

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That's a nice looking colony you got there, dspdrew. Would you mind showing me what your outworld looks like also?



#16 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 31 2015 - 7:05 PM

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Update 5-31-2015

My main colony's queen finally died.

 

The colony in the GroTube XL is still doing great and continuing to grow.



#17 Offline Lamarr - Posted July 15 2015 - 2:47 AM

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How is this colony doing now?



#18 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 15 2015 - 6:13 AM

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That's a nice looking colony you got there, dspdrew. Would you mind showing me what your outworld looks like also?

 

Sorry I didn't notice this question last time. The out world is just one of the small byFormica 3D printed ones.

 

 

How is this colony doing now?

 

Still doing well and growing.



#19 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 15 2015 - 11:51 PM

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Update 7-16-2015

Well these are still escaping from the Grotube out world. I find them foraging inside my ant cabinet all the time. I finally just decided to just let them forage where they want. I usually only see one wandering around at a time, the same way I see them in the wild.

 

Today I saw one walking along the bottom of the cabinet, so I decided to try something. I killed a cricket and dropped it in front of the ant. It looked excited for a few seconds, then quickly took off. I walked away for a while to work on other things, and when I came back a couple hours later this is what I found.

 

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That one obviously let the others know about its awesome find. When I looked in the nest, I noticed a few workers in there holding small pieces of the cricket. I also saw one little worker trying to get back inside the out world while carrying one of the cricket's antennae.

 

I guess these will just be my free-range Crematogaster colony for now.


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#20 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted July 16 2015 - 12:32 AM

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Cute. :lol:







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