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#21 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 9 2020 - 1:13 PM

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Can you try uploading your photos to the FC gallery?
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#22 Offline Temperateants - Posted March 12 2020 - 8:59 AM

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Here's my picture in the gallery. Is this pile of eggs good for a month out of hibernation?


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#23 Offline Temperateants - Posted March 12 2020 - 9:06 AM

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https://www.formicul...-crematogaster/

On an offtopic note, I was sorting through old footage of stuff I took, and I found a pic of a dead crematogaster queen. There probably is a nest near my house, even though they are so rare in New England, since I also caught my current crematogaster queen near my house. Hopefully it doesn't get wiped out by Tetramorium, or any other ants.


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#24 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 12 2020 - 10:08 AM

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Crematogaster can easily dominate over Tetramorium in areas full of native plants, especially vines. I've seen them beat back Tetras in my own yard as I've converted it into a native plant jungle.

That egg pile looks pretty good. Just keep feeding them a lot and keep them as warm as you can.


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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#25 Offline Temperateants - Posted April 5 2020 - 4:48 AM

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Big Update! Most of the eggs grew into larvae and pupae, and I moved the colony. Moving crematogaster was actually one of the least stressful species to move. I simply connected a fresh tube, and ran a heating cable under it. Unlike most species, Crematogaster have an instinct to forage very far. Within hours, workers found the new tube and were enjoying the heat. Later, they started moving the brood. After one night, the queen also moved into the fresh tube.


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#26 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 5 2020 - 5:23 AM

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Wow! If you accomplished moving a Crematogaster colony, that earns you the honor of CrematoMaster status.
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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.

#27 Offline Temperateants - Posted April 5 2020 - 5:33 AM

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Even into another test tube?


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#28 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 5 2020 - 5:39 AM

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Moving them anywhere is a challenge.
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"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


#29 Offline Canadant - Posted April 5 2020 - 10:03 AM

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I started feeding my Cremas Nurbs blood soup/mush and they love it. They appreciate it way more than my other ants. So that's something to try - freeze dried/frozen bloodworms.

I'm hoping to grow my colony this season too. Got some fruit flies on the way!

Good luck.
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#30 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 5 2020 - 10:29 AM

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Awesome! I need to try this.
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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.

#31 Offline Temperateants - Posted April 6 2020 - 3:32 PM

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I fed my crematogaster more fruit flies, and some honey, the workers were doing this weird gaster tapping thing when they drank the honey.


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#32 Offline Canadant - Posted April 6 2020 - 3:42 PM

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Yeah I wonder what/why they do that with their gators. I wonder if they're waving pheromones in the air. Cool to see.
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#33 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 6 2020 - 4:00 PM

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I find it highly endearing. I also see them do the gaster wagging when they do trophyllaxis.
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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.

#34 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 6 2020 - 4:05 PM

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What I find most endearing is how Lasius bounce, jump, and lunge at imaginary targets when they’re exposed to light.
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"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


#35 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 6 2020 - 4:24 PM

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I haven't seen any crematogaster in my immediate area. I hope I find some though; they're really cool. But hey, I just found out there's a colony of Ponera pennsylvanica in my backyard, so who knows what else lurks in that green abyss?


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#36 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 6 2020 - 4:32 PM

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Around here, Ponera are actually pretty common, just very cryptic.

"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


#37 Offline ForestDragon - Posted April 6 2020 - 4:33 PM

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Crematogaster interest me so much, at the zoo I volunteer at i saw several Crematogaster workers tending aphids and were not aggravated with the tapinoma tending to the same aphids, I even saw them do the antennae thingy and they didn't react at all, just went back to doing their thing


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#38 Offline Temperateants - Posted April 14 2020 - 3:46 AM

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My colony has almost tripled in population, so its up to 16-18 workers, and most of the nanitics have died. There is a large pile of small eggs, so many more are on the way. I've been running low on fruit flies, but these ants appreciate mealworms as well.


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#39 Offline Temperateants - Posted April 29 2020 - 5:13 AM

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Not much new has happened, there are over 20 workers now, a decent amount of brood. I haven't fed them that much due to me running out of feeders, but I am expecting a large shipment of Mealworms.


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#40 Offline Temperateants - Posted April 29 2020 - 5:15 AM

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Today. Any tips for long term storage? I'm planning on putting some of the new mealworms in my existing farm to add new genes and add to the population. But how do I get the rest to last long for my ants?


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