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ANTdrew's Crematogaster divas journal

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#301 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 14 2020 - 4:33 AM

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Probably well above 1,000, possibly even 2,000.

Edited by ANTdrew, May 14 2020 - 4:35 AM.

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


#302 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 19 2020 - 2:09 PM

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Well, they did it again. The Divas chewed a new hole in the hot glue. I need to cover it with something more permanent. Any ideas???

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


#303 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted May 19 2020 - 2:12 PM

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Try 100% silicone. You can easily find at Lowes.


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#304 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 19 2020 - 2:48 PM

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Would the fumes of that curing be harmful to them?
I have a tube already. Maybe I’ll plug their escape holes with hot glue, then cover everything with a thick bead of silicone? That will look lovely!

Edited by ANTdrew, May 19 2020 - 2:52 PM.

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#305 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 22 2020 - 10:14 AM

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Video update:
Here is a nice video showing my prize Divas:

https://drive.google...zh-gZynnAGvtj-H

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#306 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted May 22 2020 - 6:58 PM

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Would the fumes of that curing be harmful to them?
I have a tube already. Maybe I’ll plug their escape holes with hot glue, then cover everything with a thick bead of silicone? That will look lovely!

Silicone does not have any fumes, i think.


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#307 Offline Antkid12 - Posted May 23 2020 - 3:31 AM

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Video update:
Here is a nice video showing my prize Divas:

https://drive.google...zh-gZynnAGvtj-H

Nice video, They are really swarming!


Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile, Stigmatomma pallipes, Camponotus neacticus, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Aphaenogaster sp. (x2)

                    

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi ,   Dorymyrmex sp.

                    

                   

 

 


#308 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 23 2020 - 6:42 AM

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Thanks, my friend. That’s their resting state now.

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


#309 Offline ANTdrew - Posted Yesterday, 7:09 AM

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Update 5-28-2020

 

With this colony, I've been feeling like the little Dutch boy plugging up the dike lately. On multiple occasions, they've chewed new gaps in the hot glue sealing their glass on the Nucleus III nest, and I've found small numbers of ants wandering outside the formicarium. I went ahead and put a bead of mounting putty all along the seam because I think they cannot chew through it. The holes I plugged with the stuff a month ago have held strong, so I'm cautiously optimistic. It doesn't look the best, but it beats the alternative, that's for sure.

 

In better news, I've been able to really clean their Nucleus outworld thoroughly now because most of the workers are up in the new "desert outpost" and I made one of the DIY aspirators. It's oddly satisfying vacuuming up their crap after watching it pile up for months. The aspirator is super helpful for quickly collecting fugitive ants as well, where in the past I would have just given up.  

 

There's nothing else to report really other than their rampant growth. These girls empty a byFormica mega feeder in under a week now. Will I see alates later this year?? Stay tuned...

 

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#310 Offline ANTdrew - Posted Yesterday, 1:54 PM

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Post script:
I finally got to see the Crematogaster cf ashmeadi queen my twin found a few weeks ago today. She’s smaller than my cerasi queens, and I’m happy to report that she’s laid eggs. Pretty pumped for a new species! How long should these take, FTA?
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#311 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted Yesterday, 2:53 PM

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Post script:
I finally got to see the Crematogaster cf ashmeadi queen my twin found a few weeks ago today. She’s smaller than my cerasi queens, and I’m happy to report that she’s laid eggs. Pretty pumped for a new species! How long should these take, FTA?

Oh, they're fast. From egg to worker is no more than 4 and a half weeks. A friend of mine raised Queen Valentine for the first month, and when she gave her back then the colony got it's first workers almost immediately. Heat is the key, and larvae will grow infinitely fast if given enough protein. 


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#312 Offline ANTdrew - Posted Yesterday, 3:04 PM

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Nice! Heat shouldn’t be a problem in his apartment. I’ll max them out on protein once she gets workers and I take her into my custody.

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#313 Offline Canadant - Posted Today, 5:22 AM

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Drew, any odd things your Cremas like? I'm looking for some different protein ideas. I do crickets and fruit flies mainly. The odd bloodworm soup.

Fish flakes?
Cooked/raw meat?
Fruit doesnt seem to work.

Your colony looking really good. Man I love that outworld. Its huge. My cremas don't seem to be growing as I thought they would.
"You don't get what you want. You get what you deserve".

#314 Offline ANTdrew - Posted Today, 5:33 AM

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They've been kind of lukewarm about protein of late, but I feed them a mix of mealworms, dubia roaches, fruit flies, along with wild caught stuff like beetles, spiders, earwigs, and termites. I occasionally will pre-masticate some cooked meats for them and drop a wad in their outworld.


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#315 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted Today, 7:05 AM

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They've been kind of lukewarm about protein of late, but I feed them a mix of mealworms, dubia roaches, fruit flies, along with wild caught stuff like beetles, spiders, earwigs, and termites. I occasionally will pre-masticate some cooked meats for them and drop a wad in their outworld.

It's kinda weird, but they enjoy saliva(human). Pre-masticated food sounds like a good idea.


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#316 Offline ANTdrew - Posted Today, 8:09 AM

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Gross, but true. I may try the bird poop thing too if I find a juicy one.
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