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Camponotus Queen and workers - Brisbane, Australia


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#1 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 20 2018 - 9:12 PM

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1. Location (on a map) of collection: Brisbane, Australia
2. Date of collection: October 2017
3. Habitat of collection: ?
4. Length (from head to gaster): Queen about 12mm
5. Color, hue, pattern and texture:  see pics
6. Distinguishing characteristics: ?
7. Distinguishing behavior:  ?
8. Nest description: ?

 

I don't have the ants in front of me, so I can only provide these pics

 

 

The queen kinda looks like a Lownei, but the workers look like something else

There is also 1 major

 

 

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older

 

more recent - very large pic, click for full res


Edited by CoolColJ, February 22 2018 - 5:45 PM.

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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#2 Offline JackPearl - Posted February 21 2018 - 3:41 AM

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Looks to me like a C. Humilior colour morph. This species often have queens that look similiar to C.Lownei, but obviously, the workers are humilior.
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#3 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 21 2018 - 1:28 PM

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Looks to me like a C. Humilior colour morph. This species often have queens that look similiar to C.Lownei, but obviously, the workers are humilior.

 

thanks

 

But what do you mean by "colour morph"

 

Workers look almost transparent, anyway I'll have them here this afternoon


Edited by CoolColJ, February 21 2018 - 1:28 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#4 Offline JackPearl - Posted February 21 2018 - 5:40 PM

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Looks to me like a C. Humilior colour morph. This species often have queens that look similiar to C.Lownei, but obviously, the workers are humilior.

 
thanks
 
But what do you mean by "colour morph"

Workers look almost transparent, anyway I'll have them here this afternoon


By colour morph I mean that it has different colours to a normal humilior

#5 Offline CoolColJ - Posted February 22 2018 - 12:55 PM

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I think a new worker arrived last night,  so that's 6 total
And I think the queen laid 2 eggs last night
So they seem to be comfortable

They don't seem to be bothered by light or any movement/vibration on the test tube, pretty calm, I haven't been keeping them in total darkness, sorta half in and out of cover.
And even then the queen will walk around the tube, into the lit areas.

 

They don't even care for any food I put in

 

very passive, chill ants


Edited by CoolColJ, February 22 2018 - 12:56 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/





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