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Reign of Rage's All-In-One Journal(Camponotus, Myrmecocystus And More!) (Updated June 17th)

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#1 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 6 2021 - 5:18 PM

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Reign of Rage's All-In-One Journal

So this is the start of my all-in-one journal, I'll edit this post as I gain and lose colonies.

Current List;

1--- Camponotus anthrax

5--- Camponotus clarithorax

1--- Camponotus essigi

2--- Camponotus hyatti

1--- Camponotus cf. maccooki

1--- Camponotus maritimus

1--- Camponotus semitestaceus (desert sp.)

2--- Camponotus us-ca02

2--- Camponotus vicinus (low-elevation sp.)

2--- Liometopum occidentale

1--- Myrmecocystus Eremnocystus sp.

7--- Pogonomyrmex californicus (concolor)

1--- Veromessor pergandei

 

Past list;

1--- Camponotus clarithorax (infertile) - died

1--- Camponotus maritimus (infertile) - died

1--- Camponotus vicinus (low-elevation sp.) - died

1--- Formica francoeuri - given away

1--- Pogonomyrmex californicus (concolor) - died

 

 

First Update (May 6th)

 

Camponotus anthrax
 

C. Anthrax - Currently with no brood

 

 

Camponotus clarithorax With Brood
 

C. clarithorax - I'm not going to post a picture of all nine, all besides one winged queen have eggs or brood. There's two "special" C. clarithorax queen that I have, one is proportionately larger than the common size and one is proportionately smaller than the common size.

 
 
Camponotus essigi Queen
 

C. essigi - Currently with two eggs. I wish these didn't darken as much as they do after flights, they are very pretty before they darken.

 

 

Camponotus maccooki queen
Camponotus maccooki compared to Camponotus us-ca02
 

C. cf. maccooki - Currently with 10 eggsThis is for sure a C. cf.maccooki (top tube), it doesn't key out to other species that look similar. (second picture for size comparison with C. us-ca02).

 

 

Camponotus Maritimus Queen
 

C. Maritimus - One has a nice amount of eggs (this one), the other does not have any.

 

 

Camponotus semitestaceus
 

C. semitestaceus - Has some nice brood and a pupa or two.

 

 

Camponotus us-ca02
 

C. us-ca02 - Both have brood and a pupa each.

 

 

Camponotus vicinus
 

C. vicinus - Has some brood.

 

 

Fromica francoeuri With Brood
 

F. francoeuri - Only two weeks old and already has multiple pupae.

 

 

Liometopum occidentale Queen
 

L. occidentale - Both have giant piles of eggs.

 

 

Myrmecocystus tenuinodus or creightoni
 

M. creightoni/tenuinodus - I've yet to key the queen out. I've had this queen for almost three months with no eggs being laid, two weeks ago when I last checked she had one of the piles of eggs now she has two. Both piles have ~15 eggs each.

 

 

Veromessor pergandei
 

V. pergandei - This queen first laid about 35 eggs and now has a pile of eggs and larvae.


Edited by ReignofRage, Yesterday, 8:19 PM.

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#2 Offline Onjray - Posted May 6 2021 - 6:04 PM

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Here's a polite but informal comment congratulating the author.


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#3 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 6 2021 - 6:27 PM

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Here's a polite but informal comment congratulating the author.

Thank you :)



#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 6 2021 - 6:40 PM

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I don’t know if you have enough Camponotus.

Jokes aside, good start to your journal. I look forward to following.
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#5 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 6 2021 - 7:23 PM

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I don’t know if you have enough Camponotus.

Jokes aside, good start to your journal. I look forward to following.

Lol, there's only a couple others that I want, mainly C. johnsoni and C. ocreatus. I guess also C. yogi, since it was moved to Camponotus.


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#6 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 8 2021 - 3:45 PM

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BTW I check these every two weeks, the next date I check them is 20/v/2021. I may check the Fromica francoeuri on 13/v/2021, just because of how far along the cocoons appear to be.

 

Edit: I'm going to start checking these once a week, besides the Veromessor.


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#7 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 13 2021 - 7:20 AM

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I only checked the F. francoeuri, she has 11 pupae; 5 of which did not spin cocoons. Something I noticed is that she seperated the pupae and keeps the ones that did not spin cocoons near the water cotton, whereas she has the ones that did spin cocoons further towards the plug cotton. An update about the other species will come in a week.

Formica francoeuri With Brood
Fromica francoeuri Pupae

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#8 Offline yibsi - Posted May 13 2021 - 8:06 AM

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Congrats on all the journal! I really love the pattern on the F. francoeuri Queen's thorax.


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    Camponotus pennsylvanicus  - 1 queen with 7-9 eggs

    Tetramorium immigrans - 4 separate queens with eggs

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#9 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 13 2021 - 8:21 AM

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Congrats on all the journal! I really love the pattern on the F. francoeuri Queen's thorax.

Thank you! The thorax reminds me of Myrmecoystus wheeleri and Camponotus clarithorax, it's a cool pattern.


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#10 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted May 13 2021 - 9:50 AM

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Looks like they have a little backpack haha. Nice journal! Love the maccooki queen.


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#11 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 13 2021 - 11:38 AM

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Looks like they have a little backpack haha. Nice journal! Love the maccooki queen.

It really does :lol: . The maccooki I think is probably my favorite out of all of them, hopefully next year I can get more.



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Those are some beautiful species you've got there! makes me jealous! Awesome queens!  


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#13 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 13 2021 - 3:23 PM

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Those are some beautiful species you've got there! makes me jealous! Awesome queens!  

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Looks like they have a little backpack haha. Nice journal! Love the maccooki queen.

It really does :lol: . The maccooki I think is probably my favorite out of all of them, hopefully next year I can get more.

 

 

Yeah maccooki is gorgeous! I got some queens recently and their coloration is so nice, I kind of like them more than ocreatus.  Hope yours do well, it'll be interesting to see what the workers end up looking like.



#15 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 14 2021 - 9:19 AM

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Looks like they have a little backpack haha. Nice journal! Love the maccooki queen.

It really does :lol: . The maccooki I think is probably my favorite out of all of them, hopefully next year I can get more.

 

 

Yeah maccooki is gorgeous! I got some queens recently and their coloration is so nice, I kind of like them more than ocreatus.  Hope yours do well, it'll be interesting to see what the workers end up looking like.

 

The workers are the gaster color, but slightly more orange with a C. sansabeanus colored head. Atleast that's what the major I've been shown looks like. Good luck with the queens you got ;)



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May 19th Update

C. anthrax - Still no brood.
 
 
Camponotus clarithorax Size Variance

 

C. clarithorax - These are three C. clarithorax queens. The middle tube is the "small" queen, the bottom tube is the "large" queen, and the top tube is the "normal" queen. The "small" and the "large" were found no less than 50 feet from each other, so it can't be a regional difference.

 

 

Camponotus essigi

 

C. essigi - Has some larvae, she also has stopped darkening and also stopped turning translucent.

 

 

Camponotus maccooki

 

C. cf maccooki - So recently I was informed that C. maccooki queens are only supposed to be 12-14mm, but this queen is ~20mm; it's up there with C. us-ca02. I can't seem to find any species that has been mentioned in any publication about a species that matches this one, which very exciting stuff! Hopefully I can get majors and be able to place it somewhere on the key I have.

 

 

Camponotus maritimus

 

C. maritimus - The one queen still has not produced any brood, but the queen that has now has a couple larvae.

 

 

Camponotus semitestaceus

 

C. semitestaceus - Now the queen has more pupae that she likes to stick to one another with the larvae in the middle.

 

 

Camponotus us-ca02

 

C. us-ca02 - Both queens now have almost only pupae, there should be workers soon-ish.

 

 

Camponotus vicinus

 

C. vicinus - Now with a couple pupae and more larvae than last time.

 

 

Formica francoeuri
 

F. francoeuri - A worker enclosed today and the other pupae are very close to enclosing as well, it's interesting how they came out slightly green-ish.

 

 

Liometopum occidentale

 

L. occidentale - Both queens have massive egg piles, if there's no trophic eggs it's going to be quite the numerous first generation.

 

 

Myrmecocystus creightoni/tenuinodis Queen

 

M. creightoni/tenuinodis - I have yet to key the queen still and I won't be keying it. I've tried a couple times, but I don't have the correct type of microscope. It's one or the other or one other species, but it is most likely not M. yuma since those fly summer and this was caught in spring. One pile of eggs is now larve, the other pile of eggs I suspect are trophic eggs, but they could be just normal.

 

 

Veromessor pergandei

 

V. pergandei - There is now two pupae and more larvae.


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The Formica francoeuri now has 5 workers.


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#18 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 21 2021 - 8:03 AM

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Formica francoeuri Workers

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#19 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 23 2021 - 8:29 PM

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Not really an update, but I peeped at most of my queens and most have more larvae.


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#20 Online ReignofRage - Posted May 24 2021 - 5:51 PM

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I sent the Formica to a friend because they wanted them. :)


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