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T.C.'s Camponotus noveboracensis Journal


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#1 Online T.C. - Posted July 3 2017 - 3:01 PM

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I already have a journal, but I would like to start a new one. I will start it with this 1 of many camponotous noveboracensis queens.. Just eggs so far.

( Super hero pose )


(Just chilling )

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#2 Online T.C. - Posted August 12 2017 - 3:04 PM

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LATE UPDATE:



Things were going really well, for her. Had some nice larva and a few cocoons. But theN something happened. :(

She got brood boosted big time! I took some cocoons from a wild colony. The cocoons came from a log that was split up ready to be burned, so I took a bunch of their cocoons for my colonies. The tree base the wild colony was living in was cut down into many pieces that got shipped everywhere, so this colony no longer had a queen, which also means no future
for them unfortunately. However the workers that are soon to emerge from these cocoons will have a different story. You can see the Nanitic cocoons on the bottom. Crazy how small they are compared to the large soldiers.



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#3 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 12 2017 - 4:19 PM

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I love the orange color to the larvae and eggs, is that just a thing with Camponotus?

Also, how did you make that wooden nest she's in, I would like to do something like that with my colony.


Edited by TennesseeAnts, August 12 2017 - 4:21 PM.

My journal: 

http://www.formicult...pdated-9182017/

 

Experimental Crematogaster smithi journal:

http://www.formicult...-smithi-colony/

 


#4 Online T.C. - Posted August 12 2017 - 4:50 PM

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I love the orange color to the larvae and eggs, is that just a thing with Camponotus?
Also, how did you make that wooden nest she's in, I would like to do something like that with my colony.


They are throw together nests. Nothing pretty and only temporary. Eventually they will chew through it. However I found camponotous do better in wooden setups and they work well for founding. I'm also able to manage humidity in these ones. I'll send you a free one if you pay for shipping.

#5 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted August 13 2017 - 6:36 AM

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I love the orange color to the larvae and eggs, is that just a thing with Camponotus?
Also, how did you make that wooden nest she's in, I would like to do something like that with my colony.


They are throw together nests. Nothing pretty and only temporary. Eventually they will chew through it. However I found camponotous do better in wooden setups and they work well for founding. I'm also able to manage humidity in these ones. I'll send you a free one if you pay for shipping.

 

Thanks, but if I decided to keep my ants in a wooden nest then I would like to make it myself. The project it self seems just as cool as the nest.

All I would like to ask is where you got the wood, will any untreated wood from lowes do.


Edited by TennesseeAnts, August 13 2017 - 6:38 AM.

My journal: 

http://www.formicult...pdated-9182017/

 

Experimental Crematogaster smithi journal:

http://www.formicult...-smithi-colony/

 


#6 Online T.C. - Posted September 5 2017 - 9:23 AM

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Late Update 9/5/17

 

Heres a late update. Plenty of workers eclosed, both the brood boosted majors and the nanitics. Funny the size difference between them.  :blush:  The brood is under the pile of ants. Quite a bit of it too. The queen is much larger and is a egg laying machine, she hasn't stopped yet.  :thinking:  This colony is also very active. The majors take down full size crickets with no problem. Of all, I was surprised to find the nanitics are the hardest workers with the most energy.

 

 

This colony is ahead of all of my other camponotous noveboracensis colonies. Like this one who only has one worker. These guys poked out for a drop of honey/syrup mix. :X and look at those beautiful colors!  (y) 

 


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#7 Online T.C. - Posted September 9 2017 - 1:24 PM

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They're getting fat. Probably in preparation for hibernation. They drink syrup non-stop, and ate two medium sized crickets as well as a spider this week.




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#8 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted September 9 2017 - 5:47 PM

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Wow, they are beautiful!


Edited by TennesseeAnts, September 9 2017 - 5:48 PM.

My journal: 

http://www.formicult...pdated-9182017/

 

Experimental Crematogaster smithi journal:

http://www.formicult...-smithi-colony/

 


#9 Online T.C. - Posted October 7 2017 - 8:30 PM

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UPDATE: 10/7/17

 

They are beginning to take on that darker red color now. And man are they eating alot which the pictures show. They haven't refused or wasted anything yet. Crickets, flies, spiders, syrup, honey, etc.

 

 

 



#10 Offline Ants_Texas - Posted October 8 2017 - 6:35 AM

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I love this species' color. I also really like your founding chambers in wood.


Colonies:

Pogonomyrmex barbatus 

Myrmecocystus mimicus 

Camponotus pennsylvanicus 

Pheidole constipata

Forelius pruinosus

Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Past:

Pseudomyrmex gracilis

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

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Anything that isn't Solenopsis or Brachymyrmex

Selling: 

Brachymyrmex depilis. (5+ Workers)

 

 

 

 


#11 Offline Aaron567 - Posted October 8 2017 - 12:02 PM

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This is a very nice colony!


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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


#12 Online T.C. - Posted October 8 2017 - 12:52 PM

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I love this species' color. I also really like your founding chambers in wood.


Yeah, but things are beginning to get cramped. I figure move them after hibernation.

This is a very nice colony!

Thanks. I caught the queen after a early flight in the middle of the night on a back road.

#13 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted October 8 2017 - 12:56 PM

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I tried brood boosting a C castaneus colony but the workers killed the queen...
I tried brood boosting a C castaneus colony but the workers killed the queen...

#14 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted October 8 2017 - 1:21 PM

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I tried brood boosting a C castaneus colony but the workers killed the queen...
I tried brood boosting a C castaneus colony but the workers killed the queen...

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, was wondering what happened to the colony(you had a journal).


My journal: 

http://www.formicult...pdated-9182017/

 

Experimental Crematogaster smithi journal:

http://www.formicult...-smithi-colony/

 


#15 Online T.C. - Posted October 8 2017 - 1:26 PM

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I tried brood boosting a C castaneus colony but the workers killed the queen...I tried brood boosting a C castaneus colony but the workers killed the queen...


You sure it was the same species?

#16 Offline Darkchieftain - Posted October 16 2017 - 10:48 AM

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So how are they doing now? hibernating yet?



#17 Online T.C. - Posted October 16 2017 - 11:39 AM

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I'll start hibernation November, 1st.


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#18 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted October 18 2017 - 12:25 PM

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Yeah they were all C. Castaneus. They cohabitated for a few months but one day I found the corpse twitching, a sign of formic acid poisoning.

#19 Offline Yossarian - Posted October 18 2017 - 5:05 PM

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I love the idea.  Do you you use plywood and do you have any mold issues?



#20 Online T.C. - Posted October 18 2017 - 5:33 PM

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Thanks :)

I'm using some board, not plywood. It was a cut up piece from some wooden project I was working on.No mold issues so far.




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