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Ants_Dakota's Camponotus novaeboracensis Journal

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#1 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted January 5 2021 - 12:13 PM

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Hello all!

Welcome to the first of my ant colony journals! As many of you know, I am a South Dakotan, and we don't have many people or any exotic ants here, but I hope you still love the journal. This one will be about my Camponotus novaeboracensis colony I caught early this year in the black hills. It is the only colony I have left, as the other ones i have sold. I will edit this post later, to add pics! They are doing great with maybe 8 larvae of all different sizes, and maybe 20 eggs! I plan to keep them out of hibernation for the rest of the year. I know it may not be the best for them, but i just don't have a good setup for the frigid temps up here!


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#2 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 5 2021 - 2:19 PM

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cool!


Ants I am keeping:

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#3 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 5 2021 - 3:33 PM

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Nice. I may try again with this species. The only queens I ever got of this species have died.


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#4 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 23 2021 - 9:04 AM

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guess what? Ants_Dakota is back! I took a little break from formiculture, but i hope i will be on more in the future. I bring updates on my Camponotus novaeboracensis as well! I will add pics to this post later. The camponotus are doing great, seeing they are inside in 40 degree weather. I am unsure of the current count, but i believe they have 13 pupa, maybe 15 small and medium larvae, and one large, and a fresh batch of 15-20 eggs! which is great, and puts them as my most sucessful colony that i raised myself. Again, i hope to get pics and edit this post, so please be patient for a little while!


Nice. I may try again with this species. The only queens I ever got of this species have died.

they are a great species, as their super majors get huge. bigger than pennsalvanicus. 


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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 23 2021 - 9:08 AM

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Good to have you back!


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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.


#6 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 23 2021 - 9:09 AM

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Good to have you back!

so am i! discord is getting  :sore:


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#7 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted February 23 2021 - 10:27 AM

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Nice. I may try again with this species. The only queens I ever got of this species have died.

they are a great species, as their super majors get huge. bigger than pennsalvanicus. 

They seem more aggressive too, but that may just be the individuals I observed (though ants have like no individuality). I have been bitten by novaeboracensis, and it was not fun. They put acid in the wound too.


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#8 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 23 2021 - 10:32 AM

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Nice. I may try again with this species. The only queens I ever got of this species have died.

they are a great species, as their super majors get huge. bigger than pennsalvanicus. 

They seem more aggressive too, but that may just be the individuals I observed (though ants have like no individuality). I have been bitten by novaeboracensis, and it was not fun. They put acid in the wound too.

 

oh yes, me too. decently painful for a non stinging ant.


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#9 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 23 2021 - 11:23 AM

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What’s going on with discord?
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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.


#10 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted February 23 2021 - 12:08 PM

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What’s going on with discord?

not the greatest things. i will keep it at that, though. fc is just much more peaceful. i mean, the name discord should tell you all you need to know...


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#11 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted March 6 2021 - 9:30 AM

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for all of you who are like "how hard it is to take 3 pictures of your ants???," i know. but i have finally done it. here is the glorious camponotus!

here is a general view of the colony. 

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look at all of that brood! i estimate 13-15 pupa, 13 large and medium larvae, 10 smaller stage larvae, and maybe 20 eggs!

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and a view at the newest larger worker! still a little callow at the thorax, she is centered in the photo, behind the ant on the glass.

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this colony is exploding! i am really so excited to move them onto a new formicarium, which i am still thinking about.


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#12 Offline to_be_announced - Posted April 9 2021 - 12:25 PM

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I'm hoping to find some queens of this species this year.  Is it correct that they fly in May/June?  I'm in Minnesota, so probably fly close to the same time here as they do in SD.


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Currently keeping Tetramorium Immigrans and Camponotus Pennsylvanicus in THA mini hearths.  I also have a couple Prenolepis Imparus queens in test tubes.


#13 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 9 2021 - 12:38 PM

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Track the weather and look for the first humid days after rain that hit 80 degrees.
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#14 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted April 10 2021 - 9:40 AM

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I'm hoping to find some queens of this species this year.  Is it correct that they fly in May/June?  I'm in Minnesota, so probably fly close to the same time here as they do in SD.

yes! late may is right. try to look around forests if you have any near you.


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#15 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted April 10 2021 - 9:41 AM

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Track the weather and look for the first humid days after rain that hit 80 degrees.

i got these in the Black Hills right after a rain, so that is definitely correct. keep your eyes peeled! they are a really amazing species to keep. and their majors are HUGE!!!


Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. -Proverbs 6: 6-8

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