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Aaron's Camponotus tortuganus and Camponotus sexguttatus Journal (Updated 8-19-17)

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#1 Offline Aaron567 - Posted July 29 2017 - 5:48 PM

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On the night of July 22, I was using my black light outdoors while visiting Fort Pierce, Florida, for vacation. The area has completely different ants than what I find at home. At the black light at around 9:00, there were several Camponotus males flying in, and eventually some queens.

 

I ended up collecting queens of Camponotus discolor, Camponotus tortuganus, Camponotus floridanus, and Camponotus sexguttatus while using the black light. Here is a journal on the Camponotus tortuganus and Camponotus sexguttatus.

 

Camponotus tortuganus

 

This queen is 12mm. I think she's pretty cool looking. 

 

July 22, 2017

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July 28, 2017

 

Wings shed!

 

 

July 29, 2017

 

First egg laid today :D

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Camponotus sexguttatus

 

This Caribbean/South American native species is quite a unique Camponotus when found in North America. They are rather small (Queens are 10mm and minors are 5mm) and they have yellow spots on their gaster.

 

July 22, 2017

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July 26, 2017

 

First egg.

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July 29, 2017

 

Today she has 2 eggs. 

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Edited by Aaron567, August 19 2017 - 9:39 AM.

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My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Crematogaster pinicola

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Dorymyrmex bureni

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Temnothorax curvispinosus [Journal]


#2 Offline T.C. - Posted July 29 2017 - 7:19 PM

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Nice! What are you using for a camera?

#3 Offline Aaron567 - Posted August 11 2017 - 10:17 PM

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Both of these queens have just gotten their first larvae the past 2 days or so. I'm sure this larva stage will go by very quickly like it always does.

 

Camponotus tortuganus

 

August 11, 2017

 

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Camponotus sexguttatus

 

August 11, 2017

 

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My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Crematogaster pinicola

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Dorymyrmex bureni

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Temnothorax curvispinosus [Journal]


#4 Offline Aaron567 - Posted August 19 2017 - 9:36 AM

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August 18, 2017

 

One week after these queens got their first larvae, they now both have their first pupa. I'm excited for nanitics! I have never seen workers of either of these species in person so seeing the nanitics will be very cool.

 

Camponotus tortuganus

 

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Camponotus sexguattatus

 

I can tell the nanitics of this queen will be some tiny Camponotus. The cocoon itself is less than 4 millimeters in length.

 

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Edited by Aaron567, August 19 2017 - 9:37 AM.

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My Colonies:

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

Camponotus discolor [Journal]

Camponotus floridanus

Crematogaster pinicola

Colobopsis impressa [Journal]

Dorymyrmex bureni

Pheidole bicarinata

Pheidole dentata [Journal]

Pheidole metallescens

Pheidole navigans

Pheidole obscurithorax [Journal]

Temnothorax curvispinosus [Journal]






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