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Mettcollsuss's Crematogaster Journal

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#1 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted August 28 2018 - 1:01 PM

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I caught this queen in early August this year. Well, I wasn't actually the one who found her. My friend found her stuck in between the grooves on the bottom of his shoe. She wasn't moving, aside from the occasional twitch of a leg or antennae, but I still put her in a test tube. Even if she wasn't going to live, I still wanted the satisfaction of catching a Crematogaster queen. Over the next few minutes, however, she started moving more and more and sort of came back to life. I'd heard of queens "coming back from the dead" after being rescued from water, but never from the bottom of a shoe. Despite being stepped on, she had no injuries whatsoever.

 

She doesn't have any eggs yet, which I shouldn't be too surprised by since Crematogaster queens usually wait until after hibernation to lay eggs. Fingers crossed she's fertile!


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#2 Offline Major - Posted August 30 2018 - 2:46 PM

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Nice! Hope to see her progress. Just traded for a colony of this species today, love them. Your gonna have a great time keeping this little fellas.

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#3 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted November 27 2018 - 5:18 AM

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When I checked on her this morning, she had two eggs (one was stuck to the top of her gaster).

 

I'm going to be keeping track of my Crematogaster cf. cerasi queen in this journal, as well.


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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 27 2018 - 6:29 AM

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Congrats! Did you hibernate this queen? If so, how long did you hibernate?

I have three Crematogaster that have been in hibernation at 46-48 degrees in a mini-fridge. They've been in there four weeks now. My plan is to take them out with some supplemental heat in January.


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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#5 Offline Wa.Va - Posted November 27 2018 - 11:53 AM

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Hooray, u wil see that is goes pretty slow at the beginning. After that it goes really fast with Crematogaster spp. Especially if heated.
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#6 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted November 27 2018 - 2:03 PM

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Congrats! Did you hibernate this queen? If so, how long did you hibernate?
I have three Crematogaster that have been in hibernation at 46-48 degrees in a mini-fridge. They've been in there four weeks now. My plan is to take them out with some supplemental heat in January.

I actually didn't hibernate her. That's why I was so surprised to see eggs. I was planning to start hibernation in December, but now I'm not sure if I should, since she's already laying.

#7 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 1 2018 - 5:19 AM

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The Crematogaster lineolata queen now has about a dozen eggs and has moved them right over the heating cable.


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#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 1 2018 - 9:07 AM

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That’s so cool! I can’t believe she survived in a shoe tread. I can tell these gals are tough.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#9 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 1 2018 - 12:58 PM

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I checked on mine today, and they look great. This is week five of their hibernation. I’ll give them five more weeks, probably.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#10 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 20 2018 - 3:18 AM

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The C. cf. lineolata queen has about 20 eggs and a couple medium-large larvae. The larvae have an interesting shape. They look perfectly round and cylindrical. The C. cf. cerasi queen is in hibernation at the moment.


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#11 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 25 2018 - 11:20 AM

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She now has a couple of large larvae, a couple medium, and a bunch of eggs. I moved her to a test tube with one of the new THA Genesis Test Tube Inserts. So far so good.


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#12 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 31 2018 - 8:03 AM

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Checked on my C. lineolata queen today. She has a fair amount of brood. She has eggs, all stages of larvae, and maybe a couple pupae. Moved to her a test tube with THA Genesis test tube inserts.

 

Queen carrying some brood

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Blurry photo of queen guarding her brood from the light of the camera

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About half of her brood pile

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#13 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 31 2018 - 10:45 AM

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Lovely queen! She looks just like my three divas. I guess yours isn’t that skittish? From what I’ve read in archives they are inveterate egg eaters at the least disturbance. My plan is to take mine out soon and leave them in a warm box for five weeks without checking at all.

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#14 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 16 2019 - 6:27 AM

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The L. lineolata queen has her first pupae!


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#15 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 20 2019 - 1:05 PM

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#16 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted January 20 2019 - 3:38 PM

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My queen is almost there!
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#17 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 21 2019 - 7:58 AM

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I pulled my three Crematogaster darlings out of the fridge. They perked right up with the warmth! I put their BoxBox container on a heat cable with a shoebox on top. I’m not going to mess with them at all for at least a month.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#18 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 26 2019 - 6:28 PM

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Eyes are appearing on some of the pupae. Workers should be here soon.


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#19 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 28 2019 - 2:53 PM

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A couple pupae are starting to darken.



#20 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 31 2019 - 11:02 AM

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One of the pupae is really dark, I wouldn't be surprised if it eclosed tomorrow.

 

Here are some photos from a couple days ago, right after the eyes appeared.

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