Iridomyrmex species - dark red head/throax, iridescent bronze gaster, 10-11mm queen16mm test tube - in styrofoam and heat cable incubator
4 nanitics - 10+ pupa, 20+ total brood
2 more nanitics eclosed, and 2 more should tonight.
Just noticed the queen chilling near the water dam with a big bubble of honey in her mandibles!
It must a trait of this species Camponotus suffusus bendigensis 17mm queen 220mm Test tube - in styrofoam and heat cable incubator
4 nanitics, 8 cocoons, 1 large, 5 eggs - raw honey dish
3 new cocoons spun and 2 more eggs layed.
Only 1 more larvae left from the initial batch of eggs.
All honey supplied on Sunday is finished, but worker still nibbling on wood roach bits
Put them outside on the heat cable for a bit, and the light exposure did not bother them at all.
Queen sat on the heat cable and a worker moved all the cocoons over to the warm spot
Pretty active for Camponotus, almost as active as the meat ants, but these are day foragers
Edited by CoolColJ, January 9 2019 - 4:43 AM.