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Cloud's Camponotus snellingi Journal (Updated May 25th, 2019)


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#21 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 6 2019 - 6:35 AM

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Yesterday, I cracked open a hollow twig, and I saw a weird looking Camponotus snellingi worker run out of it. They had a very different coloration than the ones I normally see. I brought the colony home to collect them. When I finally collected the queen, she looked far different than the queens I have. She was mostly yellow with very little black on her abdomen. The colony has 31 workers and lots of brood. So far, they haven't lost a single worker, thank goodness.


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#22 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 6 2019 - 6:55 AM

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Pics? This sounds like the variant most common here...

#23 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 6 2019 - 7:06 AM

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Pics? This sounds like the variant most common here...

I'll try and get some when I get home.


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#24 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 8 2019 - 7:25 PM

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I moved the colony into an open concept nest, the one my Pseudomyrmex pallidus colony used to inhabit. I cleaned it up a bit and got rid of the moat. In its place, I put baby powder along the top of the cup to keep them in. After I put them in the nest, it only took them a few minutes to find the hollow twig. After around thirty minutes, they were all moved in. The queen had a bit of trouble squeezing herself through a little bit of a tight place in the twig, but with a little help from the workers, who diligently cleared out some of the thin, papery layer from within the twig, she was finally able to fit through. It's nice having a sheet of plastic over the hollow twig so I can observe everything that goes on within the colony.


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#25 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 11 2019 - 6:32 PM

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These ants love their jellybeans! I gave them half of a green jellybean, and in the morning when I turned their light on, all of the ants had green gasters! It confused me for a second until I remembered that they had a jellybean. I have actually never seen them foraging. I have seen wild individuals foraging, however. I guess this colony only forages at night. They may start to forage during the day as the colony gets larger and more confident. They may not even forage at night for a while now though, as most of the ants are completely full. The queen has also started laying a new batch of eggs. The colony's got lots of brood, around 20 larva and 4 or 5 pupa. These little guys are doing pretty good for the time being. 


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#26 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 15 2019 - 5:35 AM

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The brood is looking very healthy, and a lot of eggs are hatching. There are around 6 eggs, 20 larva, and 7 pupa. The queen also seems to be gaining some weight, so new eggs could possibly be on the way!  (y)


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#27 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 15 2019 - 7:35 AM

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My colony's queen queen already laid more eggs!
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#28 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 15 2019 - 7:37 AM

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My colony's queen queen already laid more eggs!

Yeah! It's crazy!


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#29 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 16 2019 - 5:24 AM

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Caught one of the larva pupating yesterday! It was pretty cool to watch it spinning the silk. The brood it all very healthy, and the pupa count is now at eight. There seem to be a lot of eggs hatching too, and some new ones too.


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#30 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 21 2019 - 4:30 AM

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A new worker has eclosed!


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#31 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 25 2019 - 7:52 PM

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Two new workers have eclosed today alone, leaving only two pupa to hatch. One should be eclosing within the next few days, and the other within a few weeks as it only pupated last week.


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#32 Offline Acutus - Posted May 26 2019 - 6:23 AM

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I guess I should keep my eyes open for this species, never knew my dad got a Camponotus named after him.

 

I was reading some papers last week, (Can't think right now which ones) and I kept seeing the name Snelling come up. I was like that name looks familiar and I actually came back to this forum to see if your intials were the same. :) So it was probably your Father?


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#33 Offline NickAnter - Posted May 26 2019 - 6:32 AM

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He was, he has talked about it before.

Edited by NickAnter, May 26 2019 - 6:32 AM.

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Colonies:(Nylanderia vividula, Lasius cf. americanus, B. patagonicus) Founding queens:(Camponotus hyatti/sayi, Temnothorax nevadensis, Pheidole navigans, Solenopsis sp. 1, Solenopsis sp.2, Monomorium cf. minimum, Pogonomyrmex californicus.

 

Ants I would like to acquire soon: Acanthomyops, Lasius brevicornis, Stigmatomma pallipes or oregonense, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus fragilis, Myrmecocystus navajo, Myrmecocystus semirufus/mimicus, Formica perpilosa, Formica aserva, Formica argentea, Liometopum luctuosum, Manica bradleyi or invidia, Temnothorax nevadensis, and a Myrmica sp

 

Lets pretend that my profile picture is not sideways.

 


#34 Offline Acutus - Posted May 26 2019 - 7:04 AM

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Cool! I must've missed it or maybe before I joined the forum. :)


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