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#141 Offline Josh.Antlover - Posted March 8 2020 - 6:54 AM

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Alright thank you for all the response

#142 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted March 8 2020 - 7:58 AM

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#143 Offline M_Ants - Posted May 2 2020 - 6:41 PM

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I'm having no luck finding some camp. queens. Can someone post what weather conditions to look for and if u live near me where u look?


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#144 Offline Canadant - Posted May 6 2020 - 5:38 AM

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Argh!

 

I love my beautiful big C.novaeboracensis. They're big and beautiful. I just love the majors the most. You can see in my journal i just modified their outworld to look more like a forest floor. I call it the forest moon of endor. They seem to like it. However, i want them to eat more. They really only eat crickets. They won't eat fruit flies which my other colonies love. don't like the blood worm soup too much either. Super worms they will eat... a little. The like apple slices and some hard boiled egg. They nibbled at some raw yolk the other day. But I can't find a food they go crazy over. The drink sugar water but not on the same level as other colonies. 

 

Any other food sources I'm not considering? They like wild grasshoppers in the summer. They never are interested in dead food either. it's got to be freshly dismembered live food. 

 

I mean I put frozen fruit flies down for my other colonies and they just pour out and collect them.it's clockwork. 

 

Any ideas appreciated.

 

I also think I'm going to dampen the outworld more. I got a fine mist spray bottle today. Hope that livens them up. 


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#145 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 6 2020 - 6:24 AM

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Are they warm enough? If you can get termites, they will go bananas for those. All my colonies adore dubia roaches, too.


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#146 Offline Canadant - Posted May 6 2020 - 7:33 AM

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Are they warm enough? If you can get termites, they will go bananas for those. All my colonies adore dubia roaches, too.


They have a heat cable. Roaches hard to get in canada but yes they like roaches. Termites most likely banned as feeders here too. Hmmm..... thinking. thanks.
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#147 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 8 2020 - 10:02 AM

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Here's a question for CampoMasters: of C. chromaiodes, C. subbarbatus, and C. nearcticus, which would do best in a Dspdrew Dirt Box formicarium? Which would do better in a mini-hearth? I've heard that nearcticus are somewhat tricky to keep healthy is that true?


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#148 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted May 8 2020 - 10:22 AM

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Here's a question for CampoMasters: of C. chromaiodes, C. subbarbatus, and C. nearcticus, which would do best in a Dspdrew Dirt Box formicarium? Which would do better in a mini-hearth? I've heard that nearcticus are somewhat tricky to keep healthy is that true?


No. All three of those will do amazing in a Mini Hearth. C. nearcticus are no different from other Myrmentoma, and might do best with two gynes in the colony. Same with the C. subbarbatus. My colony has three gynes.

#149 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 8 2020 - 10:33 AM

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Wow, that’s an interesting idea about combining them. I only have one nearcticus, though. Should I combine the subbarbatus now or later?
Downside of that would mean less queens for my business. Hmmmm.
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#150 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 8 2020 - 10:36 AM

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Wow, that’s an interesting idea about combining them. I only have one nearcticus, though. Should I combine the subbarbatus now or later?
Downside of that would mean less queens for my business. Hmmmm.

Oh, I meant nearcticus, sorry. I would combine them now, as most polygynous species do better together when they’ve been together from the very beginning.

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#151 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 8 2020 - 10:45 AM

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My colony has three gynes.

Ooh, I wish I applied for these..........
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#152 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted May 8 2020 - 12:20 PM

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Wow, that’s an interesting idea about combining them. I only have one nearcticus, though. Should I combine the subbarbatus now or later?
Downside of that would mean less queens for my business. Hmmmm.


Yes, Camponotus subbarbatus are polygynous.
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#153 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 9 2020 - 6:43 AM

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So how should I go about introducing the queens if I choose to do so? They’ve been in separate tubes for almost a week.

Also, back to my original question: seeing as I have no mini-hearths, but do have an empty dirt box, which would do best in a dirt nest: chromaiodes, nearcticus, of subbarbatus?

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

#154 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 9 2020 - 7:36 AM

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So how should I go about introducing the queens if I choose to do so? They’ve been in separate tubes for almost a week.

If they don't have eggs, you could gently guide one of the queens into the other's tube with something soft, maybe a Q-tip.


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#155 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted May 9 2020 - 7:44 AM

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So how should I go about introducing the queens if I choose to do so? They’ve been in separate tubes for almost a week.
Also, back to my original question: seeing as I have no mini-hearths, but do have an empty dirt box, which would do best in a dirt nest: chromaiodes, nearcticus, of subbarbatus?


C. chromaiodes would do better in one.

#156 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 9 2020 - 7:46 AM

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I wonder if it would help to put a few pieces of damp wood in, to make it seem more like an old stump.


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#157 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted May 9 2020 - 8:09 AM

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I am currently interested in brainstorming a dream formicaria line...I'll PM Ant_Dude about it because he's Ant_Dude, and yea


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#158 Offline Canadant - Posted May 15 2020 - 3:01 PM

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Was it in this thread that I read too much heat can cause deformities in camponotus pupae?

I think I've been over heating my ants. They're getting a chill break. Room temp for a while. I saw a worker carrying a pupae around the outworld today. It looked half open and sadly dead.
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