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Aaron's Colobopsis impressa Journal (Updated 10-7-17)

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#21 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted September 30 2017 - 4:16 PM

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Sadly my queen hasn't laid any eggs after about a month, so I'm assuming she's infertile. I hope your colony continues to grow. This will be a really cool species to see develop. Something cool I read somewhere is that you can put a cork in the entrance of their formicarium, the majors will chew out a hole just the right size to block with their flat heads.

 

That sounds really cool.


Currently Keeping:

  • 1 Brachymyrmex Depilis (Rover Ant)
  • 1 Camponotus nearcticus (Carpenter Ant)
  • 4 Formica subsericea
  • 1 Unidentified Formica species
  • 1 Unidentified semi-claustral Myrmicine genus
  • 1 Unidentified Lasius species
  • 4 Tetramorium sp.E (Pavement Ant)
  • 1 Aphaenogaster fulva
  • 1 Ponera pennsylvanica
  • Various Fish
  • Clea helena (Assassin Snail)
  • 2 Phodopus roborovskii (Roborovski Dwarf Hamster)
  • 5 Felis catus (Domestic Cat)
  • 2 Younger Brothers

#22 Offline Aaron567 - Posted October 5 2017 - 7:57 PM

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October 5, 2017

 

This little colony has changed a lot since the last update. Due to the very limited amounts of eggs these queens are able to produce at one time, getting this colony started has been slow. The first nanitic actually died after the second nanitic was born, and the death may have been caused by a thread of cotton that had tied itself around the worker. Another worker was born after that, making 2 workers once again. And some more workers to come very soon, as you can see.

 

The past several days, the queen has laid at least 8 more little noodle eggs. That's the most I've ever seen her lay in such a short time period. I am excited to see the growth of this colony and can't wait to see the first majors. The queen also still has that one wing left, although it looks to have been bitten down.

 

Sorry for cloudy photos. The test tube is not very clean anymore.

 

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Edited by Aaron567, October 5 2017 - 8:22 PM.

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My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Camponotus tortuganus

Camponotus sexguttatus

Camponotus planatus

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Tetramorium bicarinatum


#23 Offline BMM - Posted October 5 2017 - 8:03 PM

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Nice. My queen turned out to be fertile, but yours look quite a bit more productive. Mine's only got two workers, one larvae, and a batch of eggs at this point. I'm guessing based on your location that you won't need to hibernate them?



#24 Offline Aaron567 - Posted October 5 2017 - 8:19 PM

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Nice. My queen turned out to be fertile, but yours look quite a bit more productive. Mine's only got two workers, one larvae, and a batch of eggs at this point. I'm guessing based on your location that you won't need to hibernate them?

 

Since they are very similar to Camponotus my guess is that they do hibernate in my area just like the Camponotus do. Despite that, I will not be hibernating these, and I will see how it goes. Most ants in my area do not hibernate


My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Camponotus tortuganus

Camponotus sexguttatus

Camponotus planatus

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Tetramorium bicarinatum


#25 Offline Ants853 - Posted October 5 2017 - 8:34 PM

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What have you been feeding them?



#26 Offline Aaron567 - Posted October 6 2017 - 4:24 PM

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What have you been feeding them?

 

Mealworms and sugar/honey water.


My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Camponotus tortuganus

Camponotus sexguttatus

Camponotus planatus

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Tetramorium bicarinatum


#27 Offline Aaron567 - Posted October 7 2017 - 7:53 AM

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October 7, 2017

 

I just checked on this colony a few minutes ago to find that they have separated the eggs by themselves and that the third worker just eclosed. Fourth worker will eclose soon. Another larva has also pupated in the last day or so. There are 11 eggs and two newly hatched larvae.

 

Look at all those eggs! I just had to get a picture of how weird it looks when the eggs are together. 

 

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My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Camponotus tortuganus

Camponotus sexguttatus

Camponotus planatus

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Tetramorium bicarinatum


#28 Offline Nathant2131 - Posted October 7 2017 - 8:22 AM

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I still can't get over those eggs.
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#29 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted October 7 2017 - 8:24 AM

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I still can't get over those eggs.

Same!


Currently Keeping:

  • 1 Brachymyrmex Depilis (Rover Ant)
  • 1 Camponotus nearcticus (Carpenter Ant)
  • 4 Formica subsericea
  • 1 Unidentified Formica species
  • 1 Unidentified semi-claustral Myrmicine genus
  • 1 Unidentified Lasius species
  • 4 Tetramorium sp.E (Pavement Ant)
  • 1 Aphaenogaster fulva
  • 1 Ponera pennsylvanica
  • Various Fish
  • Clea helena (Assassin Snail)
  • 2 Phodopus roborovskii (Roborovski Dwarf Hamster)
  • 5 Felis catus (Domestic Cat)
  • 2 Younger Brothers

#30 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted October 8 2017 - 7:07 AM

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Naked pipae? Don't most formicine ants have cocoons?

#31 Offline Aaron567 - Posted October 8 2017 - 12:00 PM

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Naked pipae? Don't most formicine ants have cocoons?

 

The majority do. But some don't


My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Camponotus tortuganus

Camponotus sexguttatus

Camponotus planatus

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Tetramorium bicarinatum






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