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Living with Camponotus Hyatti (Carpenter ants)


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#1 Offline Miketheawesome - Posted August 25 2020 - 11:21 AM

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 Aug 25 2020

 I’m a first time ant keeper and I’m really excited for the future. I got my ants on the 20th of this month from YsTheAnt so big shout out to you man. I named my queen “queen Sheila.” I just got done feeding them some honey, I was actually afraid that they weren’t going to like it but after about 5-10 minutes one of them started to taste it and I don’t think she hated it haha. Another one came up to get some honey but I think I put too much honey cause she got stuck, thankfully she was able to pull herself out. I thought she was dead cause she wasn’t moving for a few minutes but I think she was just resting cause she got up all of a sudden and went to work. She actually surprised the heck out of me haha. I put the honey on a tinfoil plate so I took it out and gave them less honey so nobody gets stuck again. I got to watch them share there food via trophallaxis for the first time it looked like they were just kissing each other haha.
 

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7 Nanitics 


#2 Offline Spazmops - Posted August 25 2020 - 11:37 AM

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I hope you have success with your colony! It’s a really great hobby.


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Ants I have:

2 Formica fusca group- 1 with brood, 1 with 3 nanitics

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-10 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 5 workers, lots of larvae

1 Pogonomyrmex occidentalis- 4 workers, a decent amount of brood

1 Lasius sp.- 2 workers, Brood

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#3 Offline TechAnt - Posted August 25 2020 - 11:55 AM

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Awesome!
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Ants:
(x1) Campontous semitstaceus ~20 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Pheidole californica 100-50 workers, 4 Queens
(x1) Camponotus vicinus ~10 workers, 1 Queen (all black variety)
(x1) Tetramorium immigrans ~lots and lots of brood / ~too many workers, 1 Queen
(x8) Myrmercocystus mexicanus -1 Queen
(x5) Mymercocystus mimcus -1 Queen
(x1) Mymercocystus testaceus ~15 workers, 1 Queen

A little topic I'm working on: https://www.formicul...ve/#entry164553

 


#4 Offline TheAntGuy - Posted August 25 2020 - 3:22 PM

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Just a tip, next time you take pics, try putting them on top of a piece of printer paper, hold your phone still (hold it against something, or set it+your hands down on a desk while you take the photo), and try and take the pics with some natural sunlight or experiment with different lights around your house. A good portion of good phototaking is about things other than the camera itself, like background and especially lighting.

Otherwise, welcome to antkeeping! I will be following this journal closely :D

Edited by Theantguy14, August 25 2020 - 3:23 PM.

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#5 Offline Miketheawesome - Posted August 25 2020 - 7:39 PM

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Just a tip, next time you take pics, try putting them on top of a piece of printer paper, hold your phone still (hold it against something, or set it+your hands down on a desk while you take the photo), and try and take the pics with some natural sunlight or experiment with different lights around your house. A good portion of good phototaking is about things other than the camera itself, like background and especially lighting.

Otherwise, welcome to antkeeping! I will be following this journal closely :D

 
thank you for the advice I’ll definitely try all that next time I want to show Queen Sheila off as much as possible haha

but really thank you for the advice


Camponotus Hyatti

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7 Nanitics 


#6 Offline Miketheawesome - Posted September 1 2020 - 9:32 AM

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Sept 1 2020

  I forgot to put how many ants I have last week I had 8 nanitics (I believe that’s what there called please correct me if I’m wrong) and 1 queen but sadly I now have 7 nanitics. Ya one of them died, don’t worry I gave her proper burial in my back yard. But we move forward for the colony sake.

  This time I decided to feed them some protein so I gave them a cricket leg and guts, I think I might have gave them too much please let me know if I did. They were in a huddle for the first 15-20 minutes. I think I might have spooked them and that’s why they were in a defensive position for so long. Then I went to the bathroom and came back they weren’t huddled and one ant was eating and then anther was eating, I was pretty relieved cause I didn’t think they were going to like the cricket haha. 
 
 

 


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7 Nanitics 


#7 Offline Miketheawesome - Posted September 1 2020 - 9:39 AM

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#8 Offline Miketheawesome - Posted September 8 2020 - 11:27 AM

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Sept 8 2020

 

   Hello again fellow ant people I hope everybody had a good 3 day weekend, I know I did I went kayaking and got sunburned haha. 
   Anyways, I still have 7 nanitics but I’m pretty sure there is at least one larvae in the egg pile they have so I’m pretty excited for that. It actually took me awhile to see it because queen Sheila and her crew were huddling around the eggs in a defensive position on top of the eggs but after awhile they moved.

    They are putting there trash and poop at the entrance of the tube and I’m so glad cause if they put it near the water it can make it nasty. I was going to wait till tomorrow to clean it up but I decided against it and used a cue tip to wipe it up.  
   Today I fed them some honey which they love, as far as I can tell haha. I want to give them a variety of food, maybe not next week but I would like to give them some fruit like a apple or something if you have a opinion about this please let me know. I looked it up and found that they mostly like honey, dead crickets and honeydew. I did find a preferred food forum topic but I’m pretty sure that’s for a larger, older colony

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#9 Offline Spazmops - Posted September 8 2020 - 12:08 PM

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Those pictures are already looking a lot better! I hope that larvae becomes a worker before hibernation rolls around.


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Ants I have:

2 Formica fusca group- 1 with brood, 1 with 3 nanitics

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-10 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 5 workers, lots of larvae

1 Pogonomyrmex occidentalis- 4 workers, a decent amount of brood

1 Lasius sp.- 2 workers, Brood

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#10 Offline ponerinecat - Posted September 8 2020 - 2:33 PM

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Nice, colony's about the same size as mine.


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#11 Offline Antkid12 - Posted September 8 2020 - 5:08 PM

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Cool.


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Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


#12 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 9 2020 - 11:12 AM

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I love camponotus! Good luck!


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#13 Offline TheAntGuy - Posted September 10 2020 - 10:03 AM

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Great improvement! It will take practice but the more you experiment with different lightings and backgrounds, the more those pics will improve! Beautiful colony by the way.
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#14 Offline Miketheawesome - Posted September 10 2020 - 3:44 PM

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Great improvement! It will take practice but the more you experiment with different lightings and backgrounds, the more those pics will improve! Beautiful colony by the way.

Thanks man I appreciate it and thanks again for the advice 


Camponotus Hyatti

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7 Nanitics 


#15 Offline Miketheawesome - Posted September 15 2020 - 11:23 AM

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   So that larvae was actually a pupae and now it’s a worker, I’m pretty excited about it. I wish I could have seen her transition that would have been coo.

   Today I fed them some cricket legs and a small drop of hunny. I wanted to give them a piece of a superworm but the store was out of them I’ll try next time. They didn’t really touch the cricket legs hopefully they will have eaten it by the time I clean it up.
  The egg pile looks like it might be a little bigger. So I must be doing something right haha

 

 

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#16 Offline Miketheawesome - Posted September 23 2020 - 10:20 AM

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   Sept 23 2020 

 

   Hey fellow ant peoples, sorry for the late update I got a little busy yesterday. I fed them some honey as usual and I also gave them some apple peace’s. I’m not a hundred percent they like it though, it looked like they might have tried it but when I took them out today to clean the test tube I saw the apple peace’s looked shriveled up but I’m not sure they ate it so I’m probably not going to give apples anymore I’ll try peaches next time 

 

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#17 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 23 2020 - 10:23 AM

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   Sept 23 2020 

 

   Hey fellow ant peoples, sorry for the late update I got a little busy yesterday. I fed them some honey as usual and I also gave them some apple peace’s. I’m not a hundred percent they like it though, it looked like they might have tried it but when I took them out today to clean the test tube I saw the apple peace’s looked shriveled up but I’m not sure they ate it so I’m probably not going to give apples anymore I’ll try peaches next time 

even if the apple is shriveled, they still probably ate from it, but i do agree, peaches do sound more juicy.


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#18 Offline Miketheawesome - Posted September 23 2020 - 4:29 PM

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   Sept 23 2020 

 

   Hey fellow ant peoples, sorry for the late update I got a little busy yesterday. I fed them some honey as usual and I also gave them some apple peace’s. I’m not a hundred percent they like it though, it looked like they might have tried it but when I took them out today to clean the test tube I saw the apple peace’s looked shriveled up but I’m not sure they ate it so I’m probably not going to give apples anymore I’ll try peaches next time 

even if the apple is shriveled, they still probably ate from it, but i do agree, peaches do sound more juicy.

 

ok so you’re saying they don’t really eat the “apple” they suck the juices from the fruit that makes sense 


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#19 Offline TheAntGuy - Posted September 23 2020 - 9:38 PM

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Tip: be careful with feeding fruits and when possible try and feed without the skin, reason being that most commercial fruits can have pesticides on the outside of the fruit. Washing or rinsing is usually sufficient to get rid of them but feeding just the flesh of the fruit and cutting off the skin is the surefire way to feed safely.

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Currently keeping:
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#20 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 24 2020 - 3:26 AM

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Also, ants don’t really need fruit if you give them honey. Sugar is sugar, and they’ll go for the most concentrated source. What they need variety in is protein.
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