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Ant_Dude2908's Camponotus chromaides Journal (Updated 2-8-19)


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#1 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 30 2018 - 6:38 PM

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So I caught this colony while looking for Formica queens in the woods. They were in a small log and I thought "Yay! A nice small colony!", When I took more of the wood off, the queen and 80 workers and 150 pupae come pouring out... I collected the queen and (surprisingly) all the workers. I put them in a large plastic nest with grout in the bottom for traction. Next day, the queen lays around 50 more eggs!

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, February 8 2019 - 4:43 PM.

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8x Camponotus chromaides
1x Brachyponera sp.
1x Crematogaster cf. cersi
2x Camponotus subbarbatus

#2 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 31 2018 - 5:13 AM

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Wow! That’s awesome!
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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

#3 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 31 2018 - 6:52 AM

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Thanks!
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8x Camponotus chromaides
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1x Crematogaster cf. cersi
2x Camponotus subbarbatus

#4 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 2 2018 - 5:26 PM

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So this colony is now at around 100 workers! Some new majors just eclosed yesterday! I am adding two new colonies to this journal too!

Colony #1
100 workers
This is the colony I just told about.

Colony #2
2 workers
New colony

Colony #3
8 workers.
New colony
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#5 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 20 2018 - 4:17 PM

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I moved the large colony into a THA Discus. So far, they love it! They now have mabey 150 workers, 50 eggs, 10 larvae and 30 pupae. The smallest colony now has five workers and 10 pupae.

(Pics coming soon!)

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, August 26 2018 - 11:39 AM.

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#6 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 26 2018 - 11:38 AM

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The large colony has around 160 workers now. They also have a HUGE larva that is a third the size of the queen, and is still eating and growing! The large larva is either going to be the largest major I have ever seen, or a male alate.

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, August 26 2018 - 11:39 AM.

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1x Crematogaster cf. cersi
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#7 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted September 25 2018 - 9:58 AM

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Ok, so the large larva was a HUGE major. She is about 2-3 millimeters smaller than the queen! They now have 150 workers and 100 small larvae. They are going into hibernation in 2 weeks.
The smaller colonies now are at 8 and 5 workers, each with good, healthy brood piles. Here in Tennessee, I am expecting some Lasius, and late Camponotus flights here shortly. Also, does anyone know when Formica pallidefulva fly in Tennessee?

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#8 Offline xTNxANTMANx - Posted September 25 2018 - 11:34 PM

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I'm so jealous! I have to say out of the species in Tennessee, Camponotus chromaiodes is probably my biggest dream species. Last year I had a friend find the one while we were out Queen hunting but that was it, just the one. They are so beautiful with the black and red. I hope this Colony does good for you. Good luck with them
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Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus (founding)
Dorymyrmex bureni
Formica pallidefulva x3
Formica subsericea x4
Tetramorium immigrans x2

Have kept many other ant species but now keep over 100 tarantulas and other inverts! Mantids, centipedes, and scorpions to name a few 😁

#9 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted September 27 2018 - 10:41 AM

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I'm so jealous! I have to say out of the species in Tennessee, Camponotus chromaiodes is probably my biggest dream species. Last year I had a friend find the one while we were out Queen hunting but that was it, just the one. They are so beautiful with the black and red. I hope this Colony does good for you. Good luck with them


Yeah, these guys have been amazing for me so far. They are definitely the most common ant in my area.
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#10 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted October 19 2018 - 10:00 AM

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So the colonies went into hibernation with: 155, 7 and 6 workers. I will be taking them out late January to extremely early February. The big colony I expect to have more then 500 workers this time next year.
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#11 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted November 25 2018 - 3:35 PM

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Well the large colony is doing good with 150 workers. The other colonies are at 8 and 5 workers. Each colony has lots of larvae.

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, November 25 2018 - 3:35 PM.

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2x Camponotus subbarbatus

#12 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted January 1 2019 - 9:29 AM

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Well do to problems with their nest, I took the large colony out today. I also fused them to another C. chromaiodes colony of 50 ish workers.
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#13 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 8 2019 - 4:42 PM

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They have over 200 workers now. They have over 300 brood. Most is eggs small larvae and minor pupae.
There are however, 50 ish huge major and super major larvae. Maybe even alate larvae.
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#14 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted February 9 2019 - 4:40 PM

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Well do to problems with their nest, I took the large colony out today. I also fused them to another C. chromaiodes colony of 50 ish workers.

So did the colony with 50 workers have a queen when you fused it? C.chromaiodes aren't polygamous, and I don't think fusing two Camponotus colonies together is a good idea even if there weren't multiple queens involved.


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       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
       

 

        Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 

       


#15 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 9 2019 - 7:38 PM

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I do it all the time. The 50 worker colony's queen was dying. I've noticed that if you have a queenless colony you can fuse them to another colony. I do it with C. subbarbatus too. And I used to do it with C. modoc and novaeboracensis.
Have to do it when they are chilled though.
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#16 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted February 10 2019 - 11:29 AM

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I do it all the time. The 50 worker colony's queen was dying. I've noticed that if you have a queenless colony you can fuse them to another colony. I do it with C. subbarbatus too. And I used to do it with C. modoc and novaeboracensis.
Have to do it when they are chilled though.

Well cool. I thought it was a little too risky, even when the ants are chilled, but if it works for you (y)


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       1 Crematogaster asmeadi Colony That's Full of Personality (The Valentines)
                                                              That likes to escape
       2 Carpenter Ant Colonies (chromaiodes and castaneus)
       

 

        Still looking to collect a Stigmatomma pallipes colony

 

       


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Edited by Ant_Dude2908, Today, 2:40 PM.

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