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Skwiggledork's Camponotus sp. Journal


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#1 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted May 26 2020 - 9:23 AM

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Decided to go out last night(25/5/2020) after dark to try and take insect photos, ended up seeing more Camponotus queens than I could ever hope to care for. I snagged 5 of them. Hopefully I will get one or two colonies that are fertile and survive. I believe I have 3 C.pennsylvanicus and 2 C.chromaiodes.

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#2 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted May 26 2020 - 9:39 AM

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Yep, that's exactly what they are.


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Temnothorax longispinosus colony.

 

Ponera pennsylvanica queen.

 

Tetramorium immigrans queen.

 

Formica glacialis colony.


#3 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted May 27 2020 - 11:08 AM

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Checked to make sure none of the test tubes were leaking before and #1 and #4 have died. Their gasters look distended to me, so I am going to keep them for a few days and see if anything comes out.

2 C.pennsylvanicus and 1 C.chromaiodes left.

 

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#4 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted May 29 2020 - 7:51 AM

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I was right the two that died were victims of a parasite. Not sure what the culprit is, but there is larvae in the two dead queen's test tubes now. :o

 

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#5 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted June 4 2020 - 2:30 PM

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Queens 2, 3, and 5 laid a decent amount of eggs this week.

 

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As for the parasites some of them have pupated, so hopefully we will see what they are soon. I am glad I put the test tubes in a container because apparently they burrow out of the cotton.

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#6 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted June 14 2020 - 6:13 AM

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Brood is growing nicely.
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Still no news on the parasites. They might be dead. I don't know.
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#7 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted June 25 2020 - 6:47 PM

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Sooon.

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Not sure if the parasites are dead. Nothing has changed with them. I'm going to give it another week then clean everything out.


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#8 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted July 3 2020 - 1:48 PM

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First two workers for one of the C.pennsylvanica queens

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Other two queens are getting close but nothing yet.
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#9 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted July 9 2020 - 4:28 PM

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Everyone has workers now. I moved one colony of the C.pennsylvanicus into an antkit size 2 nest, attached the C.chromaiodes to an AntsCanada test tube portal, and the last pennsylvanicus is just in the test tube for now.
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#10 Offline Skwiggledork - Posted July 31 2020 - 7:24 PM

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Queen #2 (C.pennsylvanicus) in the AntKit nest is up to 12 workers and doing the best out of all of them, but it is also getting more food and more different food since there is space to put items in the outworld and it's easier to maintain. Also the easiest to take pictures of.

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Queen #3(C.pennsylvanicus) in the test tube setup is doing the second best with 9 workers. They are eating a ton of honey. I only give them a little dab at a time, but it is always gone when I check on it.
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Queen #5(C.chromaiodes) is doing well, but behind the others with only 7 workers.
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