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Myrmidon's Camponotus Collective (5.27.17)

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#1 Offline Myrmidon - Posted May 18 2017 - 7:29 PM

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Hey all!

 

Here's my second attempt at a journal but I have a feeling it will include a large variety of this genus because the Northeast is going into Camponotus hyperdrive. In any case, I will most likely just keep updating this with newer additions and call this my Camponotus Collective.

 

Entry for 5.18.17: The Beginning of the Season!

At the moment I was able to catch queens from C. pennsylvanicus (x7) and C. chromaiodes (x2) and have them all in a test tube setup with a heating cable in an empty drawer of an unused room (so this area will not be air conditioned at all). Both nuptial flights happened two days in a row (5.17.17 + 5.18.17) with temperatures rising in the low 90's and evening temperatures in high 70's - 80's. There was rainfall two evenings prior. There were flights in the later portion of the afternoon and were most active at night from 7 - 10 pm.

 

I had taken pictures of the first two queens (each depicting both different species) I caught below:

 
Camponotus pennsylvanicus:
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Camponotus chromaiodes:
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My current collective setup is below:

 

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As the queens are still getting settled, I didn't want to keep them out too long and bombard them with picture time. I'll take individual shots once they've settled a bit. The C. chromaiodes queens in particular are ferocious when it comes to the cotton balls!

 

Hope to keep updating this with their progress and adding other of this genus as the season continues on in Massachusetts!


Edited by Myrmidon, Today, 8:31 AM.

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Prenolepis imparis (7 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus pennsylvanicus (9 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus chromaiodes (2 queens, founding): Journal

Formica sp. (1 queen, founding): Journal


#2 Offline Nathant2131 - Posted May 19 2017 - 2:37 AM

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My pennsylvanicus queens calmed down as soon as they were transferred into their test tubes. They stay concerningly still, despite them being in the light. I even saw an egg already this morning!
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#3 Offline Myrmidon - Posted May 19 2017 - 4:22 AM

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My pennsylvanicus queens calmed down as soon as they were transferred into their test tubes. They stay concerningly still, despite them being in the light. I even saw an egg already this morning!

Score! I noticed that too. They produce really fast! They are also way more chill than the red queens.

 

I haven't checked on them yet will probably check on them later if/when I score other Camponotus on my hike today. It just rained again so I'm hoping they are all hiding under rocks and logs so it will be easier for me. :P


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Prenolepis imparis (7 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus pennsylvanicus (9 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus chromaiodes (2 queens, founding): Journal

Formica sp. (1 queen, founding): Journal


#4 Offline Myrmidon - Posted May 21 2017 - 6:48 AM

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5/21/17:

I left the collective alone for a bit. Those queens were seriously hating the light! But I checked on them today and all queens are alive and seemingly healthy. I am probably going to not take individual pictures of each one unless there's something interesting to share or if I want to practice my photography skills (I'm getting better, I think!). Either way, I will label them so that when I post a pic I know which queen I'm talking about. But I will at least take pictures of one of each individual species.

 

As of now there's x7 C. pennsylvanicus queens so quite simply they will just be P1 - P7. And x2 C. chromaiodes queens so C1 - C2. If I catch more of the species I'll just keep adding a number after their species letter. 

 

The heating cable is in place and the reading shows that it's holding at a stable 74F the past 4 days. 

 

C1 queen (caught on 5.17.17):

The ferocious queen I mentioned in my first post. I didn't think she would settle but she did and is producing eggs. I like this shot because it shows her detached wing too. I love their color so much. Also something to note: these eggs are more white compared to the pennsylvanicus eggs - which are more on the yellowish side.

 

Why I chose this queen: the 2nd queen of this species hasn't produced eggs yet (she was caught on 5.18.17)

 

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P2 queen (caught on 5.17.17):

Her behavior is similar to most of the others - surprisingly not very active or hostile towards the cotton balls. She just kind of laid herself down flat and just chilled against the floor of the test tube. She was a bit more active for the photos and when I introduced her to the light; frantically moving her eggs around.

 

Why I chose this queen: one of my first prizes and has the most eggs.

 

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Also, I feel like I'm getting better at my quality of photos. It definitely has to do more so with lightening than anything else! I'll keep working on it.

 

I will probably leave these lovelies alone for about a week and update around then!


Edited by Myrmidon, May 21 2017 - 7:09 AM.

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Prenolepis imparis (7 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus pennsylvanicus (9 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus chromaiodes (2 queens, founding): Journal

Formica sp. (1 queen, founding): Journal


#5 Offline Nathant2131 - Posted May 21 2017 - 6:53 AM

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That's a lot of eggs! They got going quick.


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#6 Offline Myrmidon - Posted May 21 2017 - 6:57 AM

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That's a lot of eggs! They got going quick.

I know! I just peaked at yours too and it looks like they are also laying. We're lucky - we'll be ahead of the game if they prove to be fertile. ;)


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Prenolepis imparis (7 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus pennsylvanicus (9 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus chromaiodes (2 queens, founding): Journal

Formica sp. (1 queen, founding): Journal


#7 Offline Hikari - Posted May 23 2017 - 9:24 AM

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Wow, so many Camponotus! Amazes me that people can find so many in one go!


Keeper of one lazy Basset Hound, a stubborn corn snake, several fish and bettas, and Camponotus Pennsylvanicus ants.

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#8 Offline Myrmidon - Posted May 23 2017 - 10:05 AM

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Wow, so many Camponotus! Amazes me that people can find so many in one go!

I was pretty excited about my luck too - especially since it was the very beginning of their fights. We expect them to have more when it gets warmer again.

 

At this rate I will definitely have more queens than I need this season, so I'll probably look to joining the GAN Project or something.  (y)


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Prenolepis imparis (7 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus pennsylvanicus (9 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus chromaiodes (2 queens, founding): Journal

Formica sp. (1 queen, founding): Journal


#9 Offline Myrmidon - Posted Today, 8:29 AM

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Entry 5.27.17: New additions and eggs galore!

 

Just a quickie this time around. I think there must have either been a small flight or the cold weather has summoned several dealates into my house. I caught 2 of them near my cats water/food bowel. I kind of felt drawn to them at that point so I added them to my C. pennsylvanicus group; they are now P8 and P9 which brings me up to 9 of these particular queens.

 

I did a quick check on the group: all are still alive which is a relief. They have all laid their own batches of eggs. Even the 2nd C. chromaoides finally settled and she has two eggs from what I can see.

 

I decided to take two more pics of a select queen from each species again:

 

C1 queen:

 

My favorite one at the moment. Love the redness to the gaster.

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P3 queen:

 

This one is a real beauty. Also her mandibles are pretty intimidating when you see them trying to grasp for the eggs.

 

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Edited by Myrmidon, Today, 8:38 AM.

Keeper of:

 

Prenolepis imparis (7 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus pennsylvanicus (9 queens, founding): Journal

Camponotus chromaiodes (2 queens, founding): Journal

Formica sp. (1 queen, founding): Journal






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