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KB's Camponotus Laevigatus Journal

camponotus laevigatus journal

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#1 Offline KBant - Posted May 18 2018 - 1:28 PM

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I got this colony from nurbs last month with 9 workers, a few eggs and about 4-5 large larvae.

 

I liked my modocs so much I wanted another camponotus colony. These ants are entirely black and shiny, with white hairs on their gasters. 

 

I noticed, these ants are much better eaters than my modocs in that they clean the crickets I give down to the shell. They also like to dig into the cotton. 

 

Here is the queen.

 

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workers with previous large larvae (now large pupae) and the egg pile. the tiny larva looks like its already dying. 

 

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I am keeping them in almost the exact same setup I'm keeping my modocs. A grout bottom, 2 test tubes setups, and a vinyl tube running through one side so i can run a heating cable through. 

 

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hope you follow and enjoy as I update :)


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#2 Offline T.C. - Posted May 18 2018 - 1:30 PM

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Nice, is this colony from Nurbs Ants LLC as well?


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#3 Offline KBant - Posted May 18 2018 - 1:38 PM

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Nice, is this colony from Nurbs Ants LLC as well?

 

correct. he is my ant dealer. NCC, LLC.


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#4 Offline anttics - Posted May 18 2018 - 4:20 PM

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Nurb's certified colonies. Lol. He sell great healty colonies. I love those camps species you have kb. I discover they do not trive were I live. SO I doubt I will ever keep those giant camp species. I'm 100% desert anter now. Good luck with your camps. I think they will trive were you live. Be carefull with desert species. How are your Cockerelli colony doing if you don't mind me asking here in your new journal.
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#5 Offline KBant - Posted May 19 2018 - 8:30 AM

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Nurb's certified colonies. Lol. He sell great healty colonies. I love those camps species you have kb. I discover they do not trive were I live. SO I doubt I will ever keep those giant camp species. I'm 100% desert anter now. Good luck with your camps. I think they will trive were you live. Be carefull with desert species. How are your Cockerelli colony doing if you don't mind me asking here in your new journal.


I will update my cockerelli post.

#6 Offline KBant - Posted May 29 2018 - 2:18 PM

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4 large pupae are waiting. I'm hoping some big medians soon!

 

really digging the shiny black.

 

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#7 Offline KBant - Posted June 4 2018 - 12:39 AM

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got a median worker! more brood developing. about 50-60 eggs. 

 

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#8 Offline KBant - Posted June 9 2018 - 4:09 PM

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gave these guys my old nest i used for my camponotus modoc since they're now in a THA fortress.

 

looks like this.

 

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anyways they moved in with some cooling down and dumping in methods. they have a lot of eggs and the brood is developing quicker now.

 

here is a small worker forcing a median worker into the new nest.

 

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The 10th, 11th and 12 worker were two medians and a major. i think.

 

the major is top left. has a head the almost the size of the queens. the other two I'll say median.

 

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#9 Offline anttics - Posted June 13 2018 - 1:28 PM

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I have seen novomessor cockerelli carry a worker the same way. I though the worker was dead. When he laid her down. i was ready to pick her dead body. She started walking like normal. I wonder why they do this. It funny anyways.

#10 Offline KBant - Posted July 21 2018 - 12:02 PM

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at 30 workers now. once they increase in numbers, maybe 60, ill give them a THA Fortress.

 

here they are between test tube changes.

 

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the biggest major and the queen

 

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major and new worker

 

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new workers start out gray

 

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#11 Offline Rstheant - Posted January 7 2019 - 4:28 PM

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Update?
My current colonies: :yes:
1x Camponotus fragilis
1x Camponotus sansabeanus
1x Camponotus semitestaceus
2x Camponotus vicinus
1x Camponotus quercicola
1x Camponotus modoc
1x Liometopum occidentale
1x Mrymecocytus mexicanus
1x Mrymecocytus navajo
2x Mrymecocytus tenuinodis
1x Novomesser cockerelli
1x Solenopsis xyloni
1x Veromessor andrei
1x Veromessor pergandei

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#12 Offline Karma - Posted January 25 2019 - 9:44 PM

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Could I ask where you got the mesh that's on your setup?



#13 Offline KBant - Posted January 27 2019 - 5:01 AM

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Update?


In fridge hibernating

Could I ask where you got the mesh that's on your setup?


Yeah just go to eBay and type stainless steel mesh. Lots of options.
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