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Aaron's Camponotus tortuganus & sexguttatus Journal (Updated 5/16/19)

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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 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!

 

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July 29, 2017

 

First egg laid  :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, May 16 2019 - 4:40 PM.

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#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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Edited by Aaron567, April 14 2018 - 8:36 AM.

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#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, April 14 2018 - 8:38 AM.

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#5 Offline Aaron567 - Posted August 30 2017 - 8:02 PM

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August 29th and 30th, 2017

 

Both queens now have 1 nanitic each, so far. I think both of them will end up with just 2 nanitics each, possibly more. Both of these species naturally have small gasters and large eggs and probably aren't able to have many more nanitics than this. 

 

Camponotus tortuganus

 

The Camponotus tortuganus queen's nanitic eclosed yesterday (8/29) as a beautiful yellow worker. It is still the same color today, but it should eventually get quite a bit darker to match closely with the queen's coloration. The head shape with this species is interesting.. long head with their large eyes at the top.

 

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Camponotus sexguttatus

 

This queen's first nanitic eclosed today. On the 4mm worker, you might be able to see two tiny faint dots on its gaster, similar to the queen's spots. I think this species is very unique and I haven't seen many other people keeping them so I am glad I have this queen.

 

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Edited by Aaron567, April 14 2018 - 8:40 AM.

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#6 Online VoidElecent - Posted August 31 2017 - 7:32 AM

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Wow, beautiful! That C. sexguttatus nanitic looks like a Formica worker!


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#7 Offline Aaron567 - Posted November 5 2017 - 3:17 PM

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November 5, 2017

 

It's been hard getting these queens to lay eggs! They lay a few eggs, but I guess the eggs are so large and their gasters are so small that they cannot produce many at this stage of their life. The third generation of workers has not even arrived yet.

 

Camponotus tortuganus

 

This colony has 5 workers right now, and just a few pieces of brood. I just wish the queen would lay a big batch of eggs. She looks very fat right now so maybe she'll lay soon. The colony is doing fine, other than that. They are active and are accepting food. I have also given them a little outworld.

 

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Camponotus sexguttatus

 

I was worried about this colony for a little bit because they actually ate a larva and a pupa. They are looking a little better now. They have 4 workers and will get the 5th and 6th soon.

 

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Edited by Aaron567, April 14 2018 - 8:46 AM.

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#8 Offline Aaron567 - Posted January 19 2018 - 4:18 PM

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January 19, 2018

 

I'm glad to say both of these colonies have done well since the last update. Yesterday (Jan 18), the sexguttatus got their first major, and today, the tortuganus got their first major!

 

They each got their first major just one day apart, just like with their first nanitics.

 

Camponotus tortuganus

 

This colony now has 13 workers in total, with a few large/medium larvae and over a dozen eggs/instar larvae.

 

These are pictures from yesterday, before the major eclosed.

 

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And here is the major today. I am surprised by how large she is and how wide her head is, being only the first one.

 

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Camponotus sexguttatus

 

This colony is up to 9 workers now, including the new major which eclosed yesterday. They have some eggs, a couple larvae, and one pupa. 

 

The arrival of the first major in this colony was a complete surprise to me. Since this major is just about the length of a minor, the pupa just appeared to be a normal minor pupa. It is very beautiful though and over the next few days it will become darker. Her head might darken to a red color, while the rest of her will be black like the minors (and the two yellow spots on the gaster).

 

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Edited by Aaron567, April 14 2018 - 8:49 AM.

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#9 Offline anttics - Posted January 26 2018 - 2:38 PM

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that's a midget major lol. beautiful species. I would like a Camponotus species some day.

#10 Offline KBant - Posted January 26 2018 - 3:03 PM

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yo, nice pictures!



#11 Offline Serafine - Posted January 28 2018 - 1:47 AM

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that's a midget major lol.

I don't think it even is a major, looks more like a big-headed media.

Those ants are really beautiful, the color scheme is so nice.


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#12 Offline Aaron567 - Posted March 2 2018 - 3:14 PM

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March 2, 2018 - A few setbacks

 

Camponotus tortuganus

 

This colony has never had any setbacks until now. They have been consistently growing without any workers dying and without eating any brood. One of the nanitics died a few weeks ago, which was only their first death. 

 

The colony has 20 workers total now. I had a ytong AntsAustralia nest that I attempted to move them into, and it did not go so well. When I move my colonies, it is almost always immediately successful because I force them to move by dumping them out of their nest or test tube. I dumped the colony into their outworld so they would soon discover the new formicarium and move in. But, instead, they decided they hated the nest and wanted nothing to do with it, so they sat in their outworld for three days. Usually, ants would move into an area that has ideal temperature and humidity, but these did not. They would rather sit in the outworld and let themselves die of dehydration. So, I check on them to find one dead minor worker and their first and only major nearly dead. I quickly made a new test tube setup and put that in there, and they moved in quickly. I guess they are not ready for a formicarium quite yet, but they would've looked nice in that nest.

 

They are accepting a wide variety of foods still and are going to be just fine by the looks of it. It really sucks that their awesome major has died, though.

 

Here is a picture of when they were living in the outworld.

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The dead major. May she rest in peace.

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Camponotus sexguttatus

 

Last month this colony was still at 9 workers, but then they had a sudden die-off. Four workers all died in the same two days, and I have no idea why. They still don't have a lot of brood, but at least the colony is accepting foods and the brood is growing. The queen just laid two new eggs and they have 4 pupae now.

 

Their little major is still alive. Her head darkened to a pretty red color, a trait that neither the minors nor the queen has.

 

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#13 Offline Aaron567 - Posted July 3 2018 - 1:52 PM

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July 3, 2018

 

Over the 11 months that I've had these two colonies, they have grown incredibly slowly but surely. 

 

Camponotus tortuganus

 

This colony is at about 40 workers now and only a couple pupae and a few small larvae. A new batch of eggs (around 10) was laid yesterday. They have one media worker and one small major. 

 

I just moved them into a new formicarium yesterday. This photo is a little cloudy from condensation. 

 

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The media worker.

 

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Pictures from when I was moving them.

 

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Camponotus sexguttatus

 

In the last update this colony had just 5 workers. They really struggled for the first few months but right after that last update they got very busy. They have around 30 workers and at least 6 majors now.

 

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I am pretty sure this species is just dimorphic rather than polymorphic like other Camponotus. All of their majors and minors are the same size and there is no apparent media caste.

 

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#14 Offline Aaron567 - Posted December 15 2018 - 7:14 PM

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December 15, 2018

 

Camponotus tortuganus

 

A few months ago when this colony had around 50 workers I forgot to hydrate their nest (like I always do with all of my colonies) and they had a big die-off... more than half of the colony died. They are just fine and have been recovering. The queen is still laying eggs as this species does not undergo diapause in most of their range.

 

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This colony has been doing very well. They're still in test tubes but I might move them into their first formicarium within the next six months. Right now they have at least 10 pupae, which is probably the most pupae they've ever had at one time. There are about 60 workers. When I checked on them today I also saw a large batch of eggs and small larvae which is very exciting. This will be their largest population boom yet, so they might surpass 100 workers in just a few more months.

 

I think the colonies of this species in the wild normally have several queens which may be why this colony grows so slowly even with the small size of their workers.

 

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#15 Offline Rstheant - Posted January 13 2019 - 2:35 PM

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Update??

#16 Offline EthanNgo678 - Posted May 13 2019 - 7:17 PM

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update?



#17 Offline Acutus - Posted May 13 2019 - 8:02 PM

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And what are you using to take the pictures??? these are amazing!!! :D


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Hopefully they're all still doing good. 


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#19 Offline NickAnter - Posted May 15 2019 - 5:51 PM

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Update!

Currently keeping:             

Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

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Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(1 tube with 8 queens, one fertile)

---Monomorium ergatognya(1) Pheidole navigans(3 separate queens) Hypoponera spp. (2 separate queens)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.


#20 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted May 16 2019 - 2:28 AM

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I love the C. sexguttatus





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