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#1 Offline Temperateants - Posted February 23 2020 - 12:08 PM

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Hi all, after troubling people asking about Crematogaster care, I decided to start a journal, in case I do something wrong, or to ask questions, but on my post. 

Introduction:

I just took my crematogaster out of hibernation, they didn't go into diapause with brood, but now I can count 5 eggs. 

I feed them everyday so far, such as mealworms, boiled beef, and I just got some of these bad boys:

I am using a heating cable.

Hope you guys enjoy this journal!

 


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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 23 2020 - 12:31 PM

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Excellent. I’ll be following this and expecting big things from the colony this year.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#3 Offline MsTesaAnt - Posted February 24 2020 - 6:15 AM

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Hi.  I  hope they do well this year.   I feed my ants boiled hamburger. What type of boiled beef are you feeding them?



#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 24 2020 - 6:31 AM

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My Cremas really like little cubes of beef boiled in a soup. Boiled hamburger would be softer, so I should try that.


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


#5 Offline Temperateants - Posted February 25 2020 - 12:02 PM

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UPDATE:

I fed my crematogaster the Hydei fruit flies. They devoured it, after carrying it home. Everyone looks pretty fat and happy. After also giving them a lot of heat, (in the high 70s) the queen laid more eggs. There were around 5 eggs in the first post, now I think I can count about 8.

Hi.  I  hope they do well this year.   I feed my ants boiled hamburger. What type of boiled beef are you feeding them?

I feed them what you would consider steak, free of spices. I'm considering just adding a tad of salt or some sort of electrolyte since I read that ants need that sort of stuff. I have caught a Formica and Tetramorium queen near the ocean, and they seemed pretty strong. I think they might have had access to salt water.


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#6 Offline Temperateants - Posted February 28 2020 - 4:31 PM

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I'm not sure if these are larvae, since I've noticed that Crematogaster larvae don't actually have that transparent of stomachs. The eggs look bigger though. 


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#7 Offline Temperateants - Posted March 2 2020 - 5:57 PM

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Unfortunately, I cannot provide a photo, but I fed my ants a mealworm. I gave them heat all night and throughout the day. The queen laid a new pile of eggs. If everything goes right, then the colony population will easily double or even triple in the coming month.


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#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 2 2020 - 7:27 PM

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Now you’re talking!

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


#9 Offline Temperateants - Posted March 4 2020 - 12:35 PM

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Update: Fed my Crematogaster another mealworm. All of my adult fruit flies died, so I will have to feed them boiled beef. They have enough eggs to increases their population by 4 times now. There are 6 workers. 


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#10 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 4 2020 - 1:51 PM

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Awesome! Just wait until I wake up my Cremas and you see my new nest for them.

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


#11 Offline Temperateants - Posted March 7 2020 - 6:22 AM

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Update: My crematogaster really enjoy the heat I gave them, which now I provide 24/7 instead of just during the day. Unfortunately, I've had to feed my ants Boiled beef, since all of my mealworms grew up and my adult fruit flies died after laying eggs. Is boiled beef good enough? 


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#12 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 7 2020 - 6:58 AM

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They should be fine for now, although it’s best to offer them a variety of protein.

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version

 

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#13 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 7 2020 - 7:08 AM

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No, not for optimal growth. In the future, either pre-freeze your feeder insects or keep them dormant in the fridge.

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


#14 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 7 2020 - 7:47 AM

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Or buy more on a monthly basis.

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version

 

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#15 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 7 2020 - 8:01 AM

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Cremas will eat the beetles, too, if you cut them open.

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


#16 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 7 2020 - 8:28 AM

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Yes- it would be good if you could breed them as well.

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version

 

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#17 Offline Temperateants - Posted March 7 2020 - 12:58 PM

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Ok, I froze some fruit fly maggots. Would that be fine aswell?


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#18 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 7 2020 - 2:36 PM

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Definitely. Cremas aren’t picky eaters.
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#19 Offline Temperateants - Posted March 9 2020 - 12:36 PM

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I fed my ants maggots, and they devoured it. 

Here's a pic of the brood pile, is this a good amount? I woke them in Feburary vacation.

Them struggling to get the maggot back home:


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#20 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 9 2020 - 12:39 PM

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The pics didn’t load.........

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