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ANTdrew's Crematogaster Divas Journal -Reboot!

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#641 Offline Ernteameise - Posted June 17 2023 - 12:03 PM

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Really cool colony.

But I would be a bit intimidated by the growth rate!



#642 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 17 2023 - 12:07 PM

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Just wondering, what is crematogaster divas referring to? I don't think that's a species? It's not on antwiki.

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#643 Offline Ernteameise - Posted June 17 2023 - 12:17 PM

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Just wondering, what is crematogaster divas referring to? I don't think that's a species? It's not on antwiki.

I understood it as a joke- as in very demanding higher class females "Divas".

But not sure what the misidentified species is and why it is a disappointment, since this colony is so cool.


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#644 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 17 2023 - 3:48 PM

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Just wondering, what is crematogaster divas referring to? I don't think that's a species? It's not on antwiki.

I understood it as a joke- as in very demanding higher class females "Divas".
But not sure what the misidentified species is and why it is a disappointment, since this colony is so cool.
You’re exactly right, these are high class, demanding females that demand all my attention and devotion.
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#645 Offline Ernteameise - Posted June 18 2023 - 1:00 AM

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Just wondering, what is crematogaster divas referring to? I don't think that's a species? It's not on antwiki.

I understood it as a joke- as in very demanding higher class females "Divas".
But not sure what the misidentified species is and why it is a disappointment, since this colony is so cool.
You’re exactly right, these are high class, demanding females that demand all my attention and devotion.

 

As it should be!



#646 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 10 2023 - 11:18 AM

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Update 7-10-2023

 

I was out of the country for almost two weeks visiting Guatemala. While I was away, my brother helped take care of all of my various arthropods. I may have been on vacation, but Queen Della sure was not since the colony basically tripled in my absence! They are clearly liking the various nooks and crannies of their Antpartment. I'm also glad that the ants have plenty of space in the nest, so crowding in their outworld has been minimal. 

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#647 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 7 2023 - 8:32 AM

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Update 9-7-2023

 

 My Crematogaster colony continues to do amazingly well, and I've had no major escapes yet. They have almost completely filled their Antpartmenttm nest, so I created an extension satellite nest for them in a kind of old school all in one setup. I attached this satellite with long tubing to give the ants a better sense of distance to satisfy their drive to roam. Of course hundreds of ants have decided to just nest in the tube, and they've even moved in some brood. This colony has easily surpassed the 1,000 worker mark, but honestly there is no way of even counting them anymore. 

 

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#648 Offline bmb1bee - Posted September 7 2023 - 8:48 AM

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Dear god, this is by far the largest Crematogaster colony I've seen so far. 4-digit numbers for sure. Good luck sustaining these Divas.  :o


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#649 Offline antsriondel - Posted September 7 2023 - 11:10 AM

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Wow, just wow.  :o  (y)


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#650 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 9 2023 - 1:57 AM

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Not sure if anyone noticed, but the bottom three chambers in the Crematogaster satellite are unoccupied because I forgot to drill access holes to them. A dumb move on my part that I don’t know how to rectify without all holy heck breaking out. D’oh!

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In better news, I finally spotted Queen Della herself last night in the Antpartment for the first time since Memorial Day.
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#651 Offline 100lols - Posted September 9 2023 - 8:14 AM

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Learning lesson for us all to double check our work, even when it’s as stunning as your all-in-one!

Edited by 100lols, September 9 2023 - 8:14 AM.

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#652 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 14 2023 - 9:15 AM

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Update 11-14-2023

 

This colony is doing very well, but they have slowed down quite a bit now that my house is very cool. I will take them over to my parents' basement as soon as I work up the nerve to deal with all the ants loafing in the long tubing connecting their setup. Another development is that I finally tried talc and alcohol as a barrier due to the fact that fall's high humidity had wrecked their fluon. I'm happy to say that it works like a charm with these ants! Here are some photos:

 

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#653 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 5 2023 - 7:23 AM

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Update 12-5-2023

 

I was able to get all the loafer ants out of the tubing and condense the setup to fit on a baking tray, so I could drive them over to my parents' unheated basement for diapause. I think this colony grew more in a single year than any other colony or species I've kept. Truly remarkable. The best part was I was able to keep them from staging any big jailbreaks.  Next year will be wild, but I have a few months to prepare! 


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#654 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 5 2023 - 12:02 PM

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Here is a photo of the “condensed” setup.
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#655 Offline Ernteameise - Posted December 5 2023 - 12:10 PM

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Even in a condensed version, this is a lot of ants.


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#656 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted January 2 2024 - 11:09 AM

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What would you say is the maximum size for a colony? I'm thinking of giving these ants a more arboreal wooden style nest when they reach high numbers.



#657 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 2 2024 - 1:35 PM

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I think they can get well over 10,000 workers.
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#658 Offline BleepingBleepers - Posted February 4 2024 - 11:05 PM

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Holy crap that's quite the colony you got there ANTdrew, wow!

 

In some of the pictures above, it almost looked like the ants are underwater.

 

Very sweet journal, loving them pictures!


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#659 Offline JesseTheAntKid - Posted February 5 2024 - 1:43 AM

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While they're in diapause, drill the access holes.


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