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YsTheAnt's Camponotus quercicola Journal (Updated 7/19/2018)

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#1 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted July 19 2018 - 4:38 PM

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YsTheAnt's Camponotus quercicola Journal: 7/19/2018

 

On March 30th, I went anting with Irishmate03112002 near Mt. Diablo. We managed to catch 14 queens, 7 of which I kept. I gave away 2, and one was infertile, which left me with four queens. After about a month and a half they got their first workers. The queens started laying second batches of eggs about 2-3 weeks after the first nanitic eclosed. They have all layed second batches of eggs, 3 queens actually layed  over 20 eggs for their second batch, and all continue to lay more. I also added oak bark into their outworld, as per @nurbs' advice.

 

All but the colony with the most brood has at least 1 media. [EDIT Well, after reviewing the footage, the colony with the most brood actually does have a small media.]Two of the colonies have majors.

 

These are some of my favorite ants, since they are so massive and calm. I have fed them with my bare hands before and saw no signs of aggression. They are also quite tolerant of being bothered, and don't really care if you shine a light at them or if the desk I keep them on is vibrated.

 

I made a video featuring the colony with the most brood. They should be at around 30 workers by the end of August :D.

 


Edited by YsTheAnt, July 19 2018 - 5:10 PM.

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#2 Offline Major - Posted July 21 2018 - 8:36 AM

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Beautiful ants.
Colonies:
1 Temnothorax Longispinosus
1 Camponotus Pennsylvanicus
1 Tapinoma Sessile

Founding:
1 Triple Queen Formica Subserica
1 Myrmica sp.

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#3 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted July 21 2018 - 11:07 AM

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#4 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 21 2018 - 11:47 AM

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Nice video! Love the colony by the way.
Keeper of: 1x red Pheidole, 2x Camponotus cf. vicinus, 2x Camponotus chromaides, 1x Apheanogaster sp., 1x Temenothorax sp., 1x Ponera sp., x3 Crematogaster sp.

#5 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted July 21 2018 - 1:39 PM

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#6 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted August 10 2018 - 1:59 AM

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Update: 10/8/18

Unfortunately, the queen without much brood passed away sometime this week, which wasn’t surprising considering that she stopped producing.

The other colonies are doing great, with the largest one being at around 20 workers. I will post a video of them next week, since I am out of town right now.

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