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Ender Ants' Crematogaster sp. Journal

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#1 Offline Ender Ants - Posted August 29 2018 - 6:52 PM

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Hello fellow ant keepers,

 

This is one of my newer species that I have not kept, nor seen. Most likely because I missed last years flight, and what I have found, is that they begin and end their flights in June and July. I'll be sure to change the title, and make any edits when I identify the species when the nanitics arrive. 

 

Capture Date: July 9, 2017

 

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#2 Offline Ender Ants - Posted August 29 2018 - 6:53 PM

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July 11, 2018:

 

First egg batch has been laid.

 

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#3 Offline Ender Ants - Posted August 29 2018 - 6:56 PM

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August 5:

 

Eggs have now developed into larvae. I didn't want to disturb the queens during this time, since it is the farthest I have gone with Crematogaster. From previous experience with keeping a different species of Crematogaster, they were easily stressed. 


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#4 Offline Ender Ants - Posted August 29 2018 - 7:45 PM

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August 15-August 20:

 

Larvae have now developed into pupae. Few pupae are also darkening in color, resembling workers. Very excited to see how they will look. Next update will be when the first nanitics arrive. 

 

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I am more frequent with my updates, and posts on my Instagram page, and will be making a colony update, introducing them to my YouTube Channel.


#5 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted August 29 2018 - 8:03 PM

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Nice queen! Just a question, how come a dealate is shown in the second post, but the first and third post have an alate?



#6 Offline Ender Ants - Posted August 30 2018 - 2:40 PM

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Nice queen! Just a question, how come a dealate is shown in the second post, but the first and third post have an alate?

The third post was one of my other queens that had pupae, while the others didn't. The first post is most likely the queen in the third post. I didn't want to disturb that queen, because I wasn't sure if she was fertile or not, since she only had eggs. Sorry for the confusion ;)



#7 Offline Ender Ants - Posted September 8 2018 - 6:59 PM

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August 31:

 

Crematogaster cf. vermiculata has received their first nanitics! 

 

Queen Length: 9mm

Worker Length: 3-4mm

 

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#8 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted September 13 2018 - 2:59 PM

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I have a Crematogaster cf. cerasi queen. She has not laid and she will not until after hibernation. (Here where I live they fly in August and September). Do you have any info on how to keep them?

#9 Offline Ender Ants - Posted September 14 2018 - 2:18 PM

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I have a Crematogaster cf. cerasi queen. She has not laid and she will not until after hibernation. (Here where I live they fly in August and September). Do you have any info on how to keep them?

Unfortunately, I have not kept that species, or know how to keep them. But since it is also Crematogaster, they should have somewhat similar habits as other Crematogaster species. Since she has not laid any eggs yet, I would recommend to not bother her, until winter passes. I've had a Crematogaster queen and she kept eating her eggs. I put her in my wine fridge from October to March, and she laid eggs, but also ate them. She later died, most likely from dehydration, as I was away on a trip. If you live in a warmer place, then I would not attempt to hibernate them, but if you are in a much colder place during the winter, then I would recommend to try and hibernate her. These colonies of Crematogaster that I have love their honey, so when yours gets nanitics, try feeding them honey. Mine also like cockroaches, so try those when you have the chance. Its all about experimenting to see what you colonies prefer eating :D



#10 Offline Ender Ants - Posted October 8 2018 - 3:43 PM

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October 2:

 

Crematogaster vermiculata colony now has 13+ workers!

 

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Crematogaster cf. coarctata colony has 7+ workers!
 
 
 
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#11 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted October 8 2018 - 4:36 PM

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My C. cerasi (???) is dying because her abdomen deflated.



#12 Offline Ender Ants - Posted October 8 2018 - 5:15 PM

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My C. cerasi (???) is dying because her abdomen deflated.

Bummer :( Do you know what may have caused her abdomen to deflate?



#13 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted October 9 2018 - 3:32 PM

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I think just moisture in the petri dish thing I kept her in. (I moved her out of a test tube as she fell off the walls all the time). I put her out of her misery just now.  :*(



#14 Offline Ender Ants - Posted November 12 2018 - 3:43 PM

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November 12, 2018:

- Crematogaster cf. coarctata colonies

 

Colony 1 has 11 workers with a small pile of brood left over. 

 

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Colony 2 has 9 workers, with a new pile of eggs, and brood that is still developing into pupae surely, but slowly

 

 
 
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#15 Offline Rstheant - Posted November 12 2018 - 6:10 PM

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Nice pic. Great job!

#16 Offline Ender Ants - Posted November 13 2018 - 6:36 PM

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Nice pic. Great job!

 

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#17 Offline Derpy - Posted November 13 2018 - 7:53 PM

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How did you identify your species of Crematogaster? I have one colony, but have yet to come up with an accurate ID for them.
- 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

#18 Offline Ender Ants - Posted November 14 2018 - 2:31 PM

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How did you identify your species of Crematogaster? I have one colony, but have yet to come up with an accurate ID for them.

 

I went to antweb.org and searched my country/state. From there I looked through all of the species of Crematogaster that were in my state. Off of there, I looked through some of the macro pictures, and checked their info on antwiki. Some were hard to identify, but I was able to narrow it down to a few species. I also checked if anyone else had this species on this forum, and youtube. Takes a bit of researching, but you'll be able to find the species, or a few that are similar. If you have a microscope, or macro lens, you'll have an easier time checking for those minuscule things that differentiate them from other similar species. 







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