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Dspdrew's Camponotus us-ca02 Journal [055] (Updated 11-12-2023)

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#41 Offline Broncos - Posted April 3 2021 - 8:19 AM

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Darn. I’ll probably go next heat wave to see what else is there.


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#42 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 14 2021 - 12:02 AM

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Update 12-13-2021

I didn't keep any of these this year.



#43 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 14 2021 - 1:32 AM

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Here is some video of a wild colony during a small mating flight.

 


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#44 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 7 2023 - 7:57 PM

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Update 9-7-2023

I found a bunch of these queens this year and kept three colonies. Right now the largest has 13 workers.


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#45 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted September 8 2023 - 4:57 AM

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Cool. They remind me of C. sedulus or C. irritabilis winkleri with the majors' colouration. I don't understand how people can compare these with Dinomyrmex gigas. They aren't even close in size and certainly do not look the same. D. gigas looks more like some weird cross of Camponotus and Opisthopsis, not to mention the insane size difference.


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#46 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 8 2023 - 6:06 PM

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I don't think anyone is saying they are similar in size. It's the coloration.


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#47 Offline ZTYguy - Posted September 8 2023 - 8:05 PM

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Cool. They remind me of C. sedulus or C. irritabilis winkleri with the majors' colouration. I don't understand how people can compare these with Dinomyrmex gigas. They aren't even close in size and certainly do not look the same. D. gigas looks more like some weird cross of Camponotus and Opisthopsis, not to mention the insane size difference.


Well, most people say that Camponotus us-ca02 is a “mini gigas”. It’s really based on color, nobody every really said they are similar in size.

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A. versicolor, C. us-ca02, C. yogi, C. Vicinus, C. laevigatus, C. clarithorax, C. maritimus, C. ocreatus, M. mexicanus, M. placodops 01, V. andrei, V. pergandei, N. cockerelli, P. barbata, P. montanus

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M. romanei, M. placodops 02, P. imberbiculus, Polyergus sp., F. moki, A. megomatta, Cyphomyrmex sp.,Temnothorax sp.


#48 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 12 2023 - 10:00 AM

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Update 11-12-2023

Not much to update here, but I still have the three colonies and the largest is up to 17 workers now.

 

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#49 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 4 2023 - 6:18 AM

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Update 12-4-2023

My largest colony has 20 workers now. :) It also has about 13 more cocoons, so the worker count should be going up way higher than any of these colonies I've ever had. On top of that, all three queens have just laid a bunch of new eggs too. The only thing I've done differently with these colonies is I've been feeding them like crazy.


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#50 Offline 100lols - Posted December 6 2023 - 5:53 PM

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They sure eat a lot don’t they? Huge ants with a huge appetite. What do you feed them?





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