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Mettcollsuss's Camponotus caryae Journal

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#1 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted May 31 2018 - 4:12 AM

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I found this queen crawling on my tent while I was camping.

 

She looks very similar to Camponotus subbarbatus, except the coloration on the abdomen is off. On C. subbarbatus, the abdomen is striped gold and black, but on her, it's gold on the first two abdominal segments are gold and the rest are black. However, C. subbarbatus is the only species around this part of the U.S. that looks anything like her.

 

She currently has one egg. I hope she lays more soon. Here are some photos of her.

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Edited by Mettcollsuss, June 13 2018 - 4:25 PM.

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#2 Offline rbarreto - Posted May 31 2018 - 5:21 AM

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Could it be a color variation of Camponotus chromaiodes?


Edited by rbarreto, May 31 2018 - 5:21 AM.

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My journal featuring:

Aphaenogaster picea

Lasius claviger

Lasius umbratus

Lasius sp. (black workers)

Lasius sp. (yellow/orange workers)

Formica pallidefulva (northern color form)

Prenolepis imparis

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Camponotus novaeboracensis

Temnothorax cf. curvispinosus

Tetramorium immigrans ( 2 polygynous, 1 monogynous)

 


#3 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted May 31 2018 - 6:53 AM

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Could it be a color variation of Camponotus chromaiodes?

No, it doesn't have the shape of a chromaiodes queen. Camponotus chromaiodes is also much larger.


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#4 Offline Mdrogun - Posted June 6 2018 - 2:29 PM

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This is neither Camponotus subbarbatus or Camponotus chromaiodes. This is Camponotus caryae, I have one myself.


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Ready for Nuptial flights!


#5 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted June 6 2018 - 4:37 PM

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She now has 5 eggs. They are yellowish and slightly elongated.



#6 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 6 2018 - 5:22 PM

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YES! A new Camponotus journal!

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#7 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted June 9 2018 - 5:51 AM

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seven eggs now.


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#8 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted June 9 2018 - 7:08 AM

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Glad to hear she has more eggs. I think you meant June, not may in the date of your last update?

#9 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted June 9 2018 - 9:25 AM

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Glad to hear she has more eggs. I think you meant June, not may in the date of your last update?

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Fixed!



#10 Offline Mdrogun - Posted June 9 2018 - 10:32 PM

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My Camponotus caryae has yet to lay any eggs  :( . I caught her shortly before you caught yours. I'm thinking she's infertile.


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Ready for Nuptial flights!


#11 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted June 13 2018 - 4:26 PM

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She now has 8 eggs and a 2nd instar larvae.



#12 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted June 13 2018 - 5:29 PM

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I also have a queen that looks very similar. The only thing different is there is less yellowish color and mostly on the underside of her gaster instead.


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#13 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted June 20 2018 - 8:02 PM

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Her brood is developing much faster than I expected Camponotus brood to be. She already has 2 pupae. Hoping workers arrive soon.



#14 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 21 2018 - 5:42 PM

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Wow.... That is fast for Camponotus! Well, I guess since these are myrmentoma, their brood should develop quicker than most Camponotus spp.

#15 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted July 6 2018 - 5:59 PM

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She now has two nanitics. They're larger than expected. Eating very well and are very active.


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#16 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted August 28 2018 - 12:32 PM

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Just came out of reverse hibernation. small but healthy brood pile. Workers are very plump, but the queen's gaster is really skinny.



#17 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted October 25 2018 - 2:55 PM

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Queen dead  :(







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