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Dom's Crematogaster sp.


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#1 Offline giraffedom - Posted July 16 2018 - 8:36 PM

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I believe I caught this queen on June 22nd. I don't know her exact species, but I'm excited to raise a Crematogaster colony. She is currently housed in an Atom B formicarium. At first she was always very stressed when exposed to light, but now she no longer minds it. I've been feeding her drops of honey and she always eats it all at once. She has a big pile of eggs and larva, and I think one pupa which will hopefully soon become her first worker. 

 

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#2 Offline Derpy - Posted July 16 2018 - 8:50 PM

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Nice catch! I have a colony of these girls and they are just soooooooo cute. In my opinion crematogaster have to be the cutest species. I hope your colony does well!
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- 1 Camponotus Leavigatus Colony - 25 workers
- 3 Camponotus Clarithorax Colonies
- 1 Camponotus Quercicola Colony
- 8 Prenolepis Imparis Queens
- 4 Solenopsis Molesta Colonies
- 1 Limeotopum Occidentale Colony
- 1 Crematogaster Colonies
- 5 Tetramorium Immigrans Colonies

#3 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 16 2018 - 9:28 PM

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In my opinion crematogaster have to be the cutest species.

Take that back! Tetramorium pulcherrimum are by far the cutest species.


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Currently keeping:

Ants:    Stigmatomma pallipes

            Temnothorax schaumii - Journal

            Temnothorax curvispinosus

            Myrmecina americana - Journal

            Ponera pennsylvanica - Journal

            Formica incerta Journal

            Formica subsericea

            Formica rubicunda

            Aphaenogaster tennesseensis - Journal

            Aphaenogaster rudis Journal

            Myrmica spp. Journal

            Camponotus chromaiodes - Journal

            Camponotus pennsylvanicus

            Camponotus subbarbatus - Journal

            Camponotus sp.

            Strumigenys pergandei - Journal (Discontinued)

            Strumigenys pilinasis - Journal

            Hypoponera opacior

            Tetramorium immigrans - Journal

            Tapinoma sessile - Journal

            Lasius americanus

            Lasius neoniger

            Lasius murphyi

            Solenopsis molesta

            Pheidole pilifera

 

Other:  Millipedes

Isopods

Springtails

Soil Centipedes (Geophilomorpha sp.)

Stone Centipedes (Lithobius sp.)

Mealworms/Superworms

Indian Mealmoth Culture

Dipluras

Some types of mites


#4 Offline Derpy - Posted July 17 2018 - 7:07 AM

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Ok fine, loooking at some pictures, Tetramorium pulcherrimum is probably the cutest.
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- 1 Camponotus Leavigatus Colony - 25 workers
- 3 Camponotus Clarithorax Colonies
- 1 Camponotus Quercicola Colony
- 8 Prenolepis Imparis Queens
- 4 Solenopsis Molesta Colonies
- 1 Limeotopum Occidentale Colony
- 1 Crematogaster Colonies
- 5 Tetramorium Immigrans Colonies

#5 Offline AntsMaryland - Posted July 17 2018 - 9:45 AM

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In my opinion crematogaster have to be the cutest species.

Take that back! Tetramorium pulcherrimum are by far the cutest species.

 

wow. that's SO cute...



#6 Offline ponerinecat - Posted July 17 2018 - 11:54 AM

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Look up calyptomyrmex.



#7 Offline giraffedom - Posted July 17 2018 - 12:02 PM

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So many cute ants! I have to say though, Crematogaster will probably end up being the cutest ant I ever get to keep. I'm super excited for the little workers to come. I fed her a fruit fly today in hope it would speed up the development of all her larva. She quickly caught it and started feeding them. 



#8 Offline AntsMaryland - Posted July 17 2018 - 12:08 PM

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Look up calyptomyrmex.

That looks like a big (well very small) ant TEDDY BEAR! I wish I could keep that species...



#9 Offline giraffedom - Posted July 19 2018 - 2:57 PM

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It looks like the protein definitely helped. She now has 7 pupae and about 15 larvae. It's crazy how quickly some of these larvae have developed; only two days ago I couldn't see a single pupa. 

 

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#10 Offline giraffedom - Posted July 25 2018 - 7:00 AM

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The first workers have eclosed! The first one arrived last night. At that time the younger of the two had not started to stretch out her legs quite yet.

 

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This morning, I found the youngest with her legs stretched out and the older of the two helping the queen with brood care. I fed the queen some honey to celebrate. They're so tiny, and I love their little heart-shaped gasters. I'm looking forward to giving them space to forage soon. I can tell there's going to be more coming in the near future.

 
 
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#11 Offline giraffedom - Posted July 30 2018 - 6:51 AM

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We have 7 workers now! I can't wait to move them into something bigger where they can forage instead of me just stuffing food into the nest. I fed them half a cricket yesterday and they've already devoured it. 

 

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#12 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 30 2018 - 7:05 AM

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That’s awesome! I’m still waiting on workers for my crematogaster queen!
Current colonies:
Topa // No colony name // Camponotus subbarbatus
No queen name // No colony name // Formica pallidelfulva
No queen name // No colony name // Formica neogagates
No queen name // No colony name // Lasius cf. something
No queen name // No colony name // Crematogaster cf. cerasi

#13 Offline giraffedom - Posted July 31 2018 - 10:05 AM

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That’s awesome! I’m still waiting on workers for my crematogaster queen!

 

I have a second Crematogaster queen, and she's at about the same stage as yours. She has two pupae and a large pile of larvae currently. I think the difference in development times between my two colonies had a lot to do with heat. One was kept at 80F and one was kept around 72F. No surprise, the one kept in hotter conditions got workers first (and is thus featured in this journal). Now I'm keeping the second queen in an 80 degree room as well, hoping to catch her up.


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#14 Offline giraffedom - Posted August 14 2018 - 9:35 PM

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This colony is now at 21 workers, with a huge pile of brood that they've stuck to the ceiling. It's pretty fun to watch them hang and care for larvae at the same time.

 

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#15 Offline brianhershey - Posted August 28 2018 - 11:03 PM

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You have a winner! I found a colony (100+) in a walnut here in Kansas last year and it's doing really well now (250+), huge brood pile, they LOVE the heating cable I have running under their THA Casita, I run that 12 hours a day and off overnight. I didn't diapause them last winter but will put them on a chilly window sill this year now that they are established. They are very light tolerant and have been in room light all year, but recently I did some experiments and the queen chamber is measurably calmer in the dark.... I can tell they start moving around more when I gently move away a piece of cardboard, making sure there is zero vibration. So now the cardboard stays leaning against the glass, not fully dark but much darker than before.

 

Looks like yours are ready to expand. If they have other chambers to use, if you feed them cooked chicken, turkey or pork they will break it up and farm a field of it where they have room.

 

Mine also like crickets, meal worms sliced in half lengthwise and occasional raw honey diluted in water.

 

Good luck and looking forward to updates!

 

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Ants:

Crematogaster sp (cerasi or lineolata) 1q150w

Formica pallidefulva 1q12w

Camponotus decipiens 1q2w

 

Queens:

Formica sp 1q


#16 Offline brianhershey - Posted September 4 2018 - 11:54 AM

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Mine also like ... raw honey diluted in water.

 

 

I just found out that raw honey and water left to sit will ferment... very toxic for ant food, I'll no longer do that! Apparently processed, or pasteurized honey has the natural yeast removed so no danger of fermenting.


Ants:

Crematogaster sp (cerasi or lineolata) 1q150w

Formica pallidefulva 1q12w

Camponotus decipiens 1q2w

 

Queens:

Formica sp 1q


#17 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted September 26 2018 - 3:52 PM

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I have a queen of this genus. She is waiting until after hibernation to lay. I might hibernate her early (beginning of October maybe) and wake her up early (January to VERY early February). 



#18 Offline brianhershey - Posted September 26 2018 - 4:47 PM

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I have a queen of this genus. She is waiting until after hibernation to lay. I might hibernate her early (beginning of October maybe) and wake her up early (January to VERY early February). 

 

I have two Crem queens I caught a couple weeks ago and no eggs yet, so I suppose I'll do the same. I have a cold window sill I used last year for wintering over. Evenings are now in the 60's here.


Ants:

Crematogaster sp (cerasi or lineolata) 1q150w

Formica pallidefulva 1q12w

Camponotus decipiens 1q2w

 

Queens:

Formica sp 1q


#19 Offline VoidElecent - Posted September 26 2018 - 6:12 PM

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Very nice journal so far


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#20 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted September 27 2018 - 11:35 AM

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I have a queen of this genus. She is waiting until after hibernation to lay. I might hibernate her early (beginning of October maybe) and wake her up early (January to VERY early February). 

 

I have two Crem queens I caught a couple weeks ago and no eggs yet, so I suppose I'll do the same. I have a cold window sill I used last year for wintering over. Evenings are now in the 60's here.

 

Where I live it is 60 for like the whole day but in the morning it is 40.






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