May 23rd, 2019: I found an established colony of Camponotus decipiens in a log slated for the burn pile. I was cleaning up parts of the property that had been neglected and just lucked into seeing the queen scurry into a log I broke open by accident. I collected them to spare them from the flames!
I made some posts already since this was my first real attempt at ant keeping.
I made this wooden formicarium.
It was too spacious, besides it didn't look that good and I fitted it very poorly, leaving a gap between the wood and glass of the aquarium.
The ants were not impressed either. The queen and most of the colony crammed themselves into the hygrometer I had sitting in the aquarium / out world. Real funny guys, great start for my ant keeping career.
So I made a new formicarium that is a much less spacious, and this time made a plexiglass cover. I made legs for the formicarium and it simply sits horizontal in the aquarium / out world.
They liked this much better! I put sawdust in half of the formicarium so they can expand as they see fit. I have left holes to insert thermometers and water. I have placed a small under tank heating pad on the underside of the wooden formicarium. It has held one side between 80 and 86 fahrenheit (26-30 celsius) and the other about 70 fahrenheit (21 celsius). They certainly avoid the humidity when I water the holes. I do so only every week or two, just in case they need it.
Here above you can see the very first new workers that were born since they were collected!
I don't have the right macro lens or lighting for my camera. I will be trying to fix this sometime this month I hope.
In the meantime here is a couple of videos I got using what I have. This is a few weeks after the first new workers were born. There are now SO MANY new workers!!!
June 6th, 2019: Videos of colony progress.
I am so excited to see this growth. I will post a better tour of their world when I get the proper lens, hopefully next week.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this view of these colorful guys.
Edited by dominatus, August 13 2019 - 9:36 PM.