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camponotus consobrinus (Australian banded sugar ant)


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#61 Offline PaigeX - Posted December 29 2021 - 11:54 PM

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This is the cheap Glass drill bit set I brought that works well https://www.ebay.com...tm/293892295596

All you need is water and watch a few youtube videos that show to just let the weight of the drill do the work and not press on it.

As for the mesh I would replace with this. https://www.ebay.com...m/133850734950 
Its what I use for everything. Its Stainless steel mesh, mesh: 100. You can buy higher mesh count but costs more.

 

On another Note, I travelled yesterday to and around the area of pelican park, Moreton bay and saw a huge Camponotus consobrinus infestation. Their Majors were HUGE! We picked another spot and I was not able to get a picture but there were like 20 nests within a small 6meter area. I wouldn't wanna sit there for a picnic. They seemed to LOVE the sandy soil and sea breeze. 


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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
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#62 Offline Shazza - Posted January 1 2022 - 1:21 AM

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Wow, I didn't realise that you could get glass's drilling sets so cheep now. Certainly makes modifications a lot more viable.

I wish I had wild colony's that large around me, I'm lucky to find 1 or 2 foraging workers around my house.

Il be ordering the new set up this week hopefully
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#63 Offline PaigeX - Posted January 1 2022 - 6:58 AM

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Wow, I didn't realise that you could get glass's drilling sets so cheep now. Certainly makes modifications a lot more viable.

I wish I had wild colony's that large around me, I'm lucky to find 1 or 2 foraging workers around my house.

Il be ordering the new set up this week hopefully

Yea they are the cheap ones and don't last a very long time but you can buy that set for the same price you would buy one drill bit in Bunnings. 
 


Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

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#64 Offline markomac - Posted January 1 2022 - 3:56 PM

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I can confirm that buying one from Bunnings is more expensive than buying that set. I may have paid near double for the one I used.

And I’ll definitely look into some of that mesh.
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#65 Offline Shazza - Posted January 1 2022 - 5:44 PM

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A few quick pictures. Sorry for the quality, I can only do so well with my phone and one of the containers is opaque.

For some reason they do not like honey, they also never take protein back to the nest. They consume it and then return to the nest

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#66 Offline PaigeX - Posted January 1 2022 - 7:58 PM

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They might be full on the honey and don't need any more at this time. They will get some when they need it. <3


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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

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#67 Offline Shazza - Posted January 2 2022 - 12:08 AM

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Nah it's weird, they act aggressive to the honey for some reason. Il try it and they will atack it. They will gorge themselves on sugar water at the same time so I don't think they Re full
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#68 Offline JCRHJM - Posted January 2 2022 - 12:41 AM

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maybe you could try some fruits though they should be washed thoroughly to remove pesticides


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#69 Offline PaigeX - Posted January 2 2022 - 9:31 AM

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tonight while I was outside looking for queens. (only found one) I saw a bunch of Camponotus Humilior on wattle flowers, maybe they don't like the honey as much because its too thick and the sugar water is runny like nectar.


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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.


#70 Offline Shazza - Posted January 2 2022 - 12:43 PM

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That's a good point, I have tried to water it down before but that was in the very beginning. I will try to water it down again
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#71 Offline Shazza - Posted January 3 2022 - 1:26 AM

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It was enevitable, first death of the colony 😞

The workers fore some reason have dismembered it, the Queen even got in on the action.



Would the colony be eating it?
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#72 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 3 2022 - 4:18 AM

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I don’t think any ants like pure honey. It’s too thick for them to lap up. Definitely water it down.

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#73 Offline PaigeX - Posted January 3 2022 - 11:44 AM

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I don’t think any ants like pure honey. It’s too thick for them to lap up. Definitely water it down.

Mine all Love it. But I've found the Camponotus Humilior I have don't like pure as much. seeming the banded sugar ant is very closely related to Camponotus Humilior, it might be a trait along their kind.


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Favourite Genus: Polyrhachis 

 

Myrmecia Chrysogaster - a Queen. Myrmecia Gilberti - a Queen. Myrmecia Nigrocincta - Queen and worker. Colobopsis Macrocephala - a Queen
Polyrhachis Ammon - 1 Colony + 9 Queens. Polyrhachis Vermiculosa - 2 Colony's + 2 Queen. Polyrhachis Aurea - 1 Queen. Polyrhachis Phryne - a Queen. Polyrhachis Australis - Colony. Polyrhachis Daemeli - 2 Queens.
Camponotus Aeneopilosus - 5 Queens. Camponotus Elegans - a Queen. Camponotus Humilior - 2 Queens. Camponotus Eastwoodi - 2 Queens. Crematogaster Laeviceps -Starting colony.
Brachyponera lutea - a Queen. Iridomyrmex Bicknelli - a colony + 2 queens. Ochetellus glaber - 2 Colony's. + 1 different unidentified Queen.
One unidentified Golden Spiny Ant colony. Might be Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) schoopae or Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) pallescens.
 
My YouTube channel: Australian Polyrhachis +

 

May God Bless you.





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