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Mettcollsuss's Crematogaster Journal

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#21 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 13 2019 - 5:39 AM

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I just took the C. cerasi queen out of hibernation.

#22 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 13 2019 - 5:55 AM

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Nice! Good luck with the queen. I just checked mine after three weeks on a heat cable, and all three have small brood piles. I'm cautiously optimistic at this point.


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


#23 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted February 27 2019 - 6:03 AM

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The C. cerasi queen has a good egg pile now. The C. lineolata queen keeps almost getting workers but then eats the pupae before they eclose.

#24 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 27 2019 - 11:40 AM

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Dang! Why do you think she keeps eating the pupae? Is she getting stressed somehow?

Mine all have good sized egg piles now. It's taking longer than I expected to get workers.


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


#25 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 27 2019 - 4:17 PM

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Mine are getting ready to go into the hundreds already.... 10 workers, 90 brood...
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#26 Offline EthanNgo678 - Posted February 27 2019 - 5:01 PM

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Whenever I get optimistic my ants die.


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#27 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted February 28 2019 - 7:33 AM

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That happens to me with Myrmica...


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#28 Offline Rstheant - Posted February 28 2019 - 5:26 PM

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Just leave them alone and give them as much protein as they can eat. A surplus in protein means more brood. It almost 99.9999% works. But a queen eating pupae right before they enclose, is a strange case. %)
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#29 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 1 2019 - 4:32 PM

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My C. modoc queen (when I lived in Washington) did that too.
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#30 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 7 2019 - 5:03 AM

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The C. cerasi queen has some larvae.
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#31 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 17 2019 - 1:36 PM

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C. cerasi is close to workers! her pupae also seem like twice the size of the C. lineolata queen's.

 

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#32 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted March 20 2019 - 5:51 PM

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C. cerasi nanitics! They're larger than expected. The nanitics are the size I'd estimated full-size workers would be. I can't wait to see what the mature workers are like. I gave them some Sunburst and a fruit fly. You can see that one of the worker's gaster is expanded from drinking it. I also got to see their signature gaster-over-head attack/defense thing against the fruit fly. Definitely going to be a fun species to keep.

 

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#33 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 20 2019 - 5:57 PM

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Congrats! They are a very fun ant to keep. Fast and steady growth.
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#34 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 21 2019 - 1:44 PM

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Excellent news! Best of luck with the colony. I’ve been following this journal since the beginning. One of my queens is doing great as well.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#35 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 21 2019 - 1:58 PM

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I am surprised by how quickly they develop. My colony has around 40 workers and over 200 brood.
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#36 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 21 2019 - 2:29 PM

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You’re making me jealous. I have a lot of ants starting with c, but Crematogaster is not one of them!!!!
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#37 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 5 2019 - 9:22 AM

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Up to 11 workers. Very aggressive and energetic; fun to watch. Plenty of brood.
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#38 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted April 6 2019 - 5:01 AM

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EDIT: wrong journal

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#39 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 6 2019 - 7:55 AM

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EDIT: wrong journal


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#40 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted April 6 2019 - 3:08 PM

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EDIT: wrong journal

Exactly why I clumped all my ants onto one journal :lol:


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