I've been making "journal" videos on YouTube for a while and have been suggested to start a Formiculture journal, so here I am. I'm going to start off with some information on the colonies I've been making updates on, and the most recent video for each as of posting this. I'll add more to the replies as I make updates.
I caught the queen of this colony last year, and she laid eggs this year in Spring. The colony has been growing really quickly as I've been told Crematogaster do, which is really cool. They're definitely my favorite colony for now, as I love how active they are and their overall aesthetic.
Latest video: https://youtu.be/nF0pQ9OjnR8
I collected the queen of this colony after winter passed, as they're practically everywhere under rocks when they're hibernating. Since I don't have Lasius americanus to use as hosts for parasitic Lasius, I used Lasius neoniger. The introduction was rough, but I managed to get the queen accepted. They still don't have any biological workers, however one did eclose and was killed shortly after. From what I know, future biological workers probably won't be killed.
Latest video: https://youtu.be/YEHSc5WpsdU
I caught the queen of this colony last year along with plenty of others when they had their flights. I somewhat abandoned the colony due to a lack of interest, so their growth was stunted during their first year. I also was unaware that they don't need hibernation, so I hibernated them. This year, I boosted them with some wild Tetramorium immigrans brood, which really got them going. I now have them set up in a naturalistic formicarium/vivarium, where I hope to keep them until they become hard to manage. I've heard that Tetramorium immigrans are practically impossible to contain once they reach large numbers, so I will probably kill the colony at that point to protect my other ants and animals.
Latest video: https://youtu.be/xgeruzHEFcs
The queen of this colony was sold to me by a friend who lives a bit out of the city since I struggle to catch Camponotus here. She's finally gotten all 4 of her nanitics, and has begun laying more eggs. I expect them to get at least 15 workers or so by the end of the year. Camponotus is probably my favorite native genus, so I hope they succeed.
Latest video: https://youtu.be/cZsjrM_2I0A
The queen of this colony was sold to me by a different friend who was visiting upstate and caught a few. I've only seen Pheidole maybe once before in my life besides while visiting other countries, so this is a first experience that I'm very excited for. They're already growing at a good rate and I'm expecting to start seeing majors within the next few weeks or so.
Latest video: https://youtu.be/gl1kKwWfc14
That's all for now! All future updates will be down below instead of in this message.
Edited by ArmansAnts, June 3 2021 - 6:47 PM.