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ReignofRage's Camponotus spp. Journal (ocreatus, yogi, and more!) (Updated Oct. 13th)

#camponotus #essigi #festinatus #ocreatus #yogi

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#1 Offline ReignofRage - Posted August 3 2021 - 6:47 PM

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ReignofRage's Camponotus spp. Journal

Here you will find all the Camponotus I keep, as I gain and lose species I will edit the species list.

 

C. essigi

C. festinatus

C. ocreatus

C. sp.

C. yogi

 

 

 

Update 3.viii.2021

 

C. essigi - This colony currently has 11 workers and a lot of larvae that have started to pupate.

 

C. sp. - This colony is up to 10 workers now and has a lot of brood. If anyone has guesses as to the species comment them. :P


Edited by ReignofRage, October 16 2021 - 12:59 PM.

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#2 Online NickAnter - Posted August 4 2021 - 7:09 PM

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I think its an undescribed species personally. It does not seem to fit the bill for anything very well. Congratulations on doing well with them. Getting majors would help considerably with an ID.


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Species being kept:

 

Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

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#3 Offline ReignofRage - Posted August 4 2021 - 8:52 PM

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That would be very cool if it is an undescribed species. I plan to keep this colony until it dies, so majors will hopefully happen eventually! This queen, based on the only non-identifyable Camponotus species in the area, should get big ~20mm majors that are on par with C. us-ca02.


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#4 Offline ReignofRage - Posted August 7 2021 - 11:36 AM

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Camponotus spp. update 7.viii.2021

C. essigi - There is a bigger cocoon, it's probably just a more full-sized worker.

 

 

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C. sp. - They now are up to eleven workers! After all the cocoons they have open I plan to move them into a tub and tubes setup.

 

C. sayi - I gave them to a friend in trade for some other species.


Edited by ReignofRage, September 28 2021 - 6:08 PM.

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#5 Offline ReignofRage - Posted August 12 2021 - 7:15 PM

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I caught this pretty C. ocreatus recently! I can't wait to grow this colony out.

 

For the other species I have. The C. essigi had a big die off and dropped to only six workers. I haven't quite figured out what made them die; I want to say it was the mealworm I gave them, but the other colonies that also had the same mealworm (it was cut up) showed no effect. The unidentifiable Camponotus species i have is doing amazing! it is now up to 14 workers and has an absolute ton of brood.


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#6 Offline ReignofRage - Posted August 13 2021 - 11:06 PM

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Update Update 13.viii.2021

 

C. essigi - So, as previously mentioned this colony had a random die off. There is only six workers as shown and some brood, I think the larger cocoon may be a median.

 

 

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C. ocreatus - This queen already has nine eggs, I don't really expect more.

 

 

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C. sp. - I took the picture with the C. ocreatus as a size comparison to show how large the queen is. Besides that, they are up to 14 workers and a lot of their eggs are now hatching into larvae. I am going to move them into a tubs and tubes setup soon so that I can give them 24/7 access to sugars.


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#7 Offline ZTYguy - Posted August 14 2021 - 10:18 PM

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Noice. Can’t wait for ocreatus workers and the majors of the unidentifiable Camponotus


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#8 Offline ReignofRage - Posted August 24 2021 - 11:13 AM

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Update 24.viii.2021

 

C. essigi - Finally! A new caste as appeared, this colony's first median. I was surprised they made one in their second generation.

 

 

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C. festinatus - This colony is around 40 workers, I'm very excited to grow it out.

 

 

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C. sp. - This colony lost two workers so it is now only at 16 - 17 workers. I've been feeding a lot of protein in hopes of getting a median before diapause.


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#9 Offline ReignofRage - Posted September 22 2021 - 2:34 PM

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The C. ocreatus has it's first worker!



#10 Offline ReignofRage - Posted September 24 2021 - 5:30 PM

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Update 24.ix.2021

 

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C. essigi - At ten workers with a decent brood pile (most if not all the eggs in the picture are now larvae). There is also another median caste pupa.

 

 

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C. festinatus - This colony has about 25-30 brood consisting of all larvae and pupae now. I like this species a lot, from their slight orange coloring to the almost black faces on the majors.

 

 

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C. ocreatus - Here is a picture of the first nanitic. If anyone is wondering why the brood ranges so much in size, it would be due to me having to keep this founding colony at only 80 degrees Fahrenheit until I got a second incubator.

 

 

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C. sp - Finally hit the 30 worker mark :yahoo: . As to why they are in the dry tube, I do not know why. This colony seems to move back and forth from the test tube with water to the empty tube every couple weeks for no reason.


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#11 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 25 2021 - 2:33 AM

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Update 24.ix.2021


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C. essigi - At ten workers with a decent brood pile (most if not all the eggs in the picture are now larvae). There is also another median caste pupa.


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C. festinatus - This colony has about 25-30 brood consisting of all larvae and pupae now. I like this species a lot, from their slight orange coloring to the almost black faces on the majors.


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C. ocreatus - Here is a picture of the first nanitic. If anyone is wondering why the brood ranges so much in size, it would be due to me having to keep this founding colony at only 80 degrees Fahrenheit until I got a second incubator.


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C. sp - Finally hit the 30 worker mark :yahoo: . As to why they are in the dry tube, I do not know why. This colony seems to move back and forth from the test tube with water to the empty tube every couple weeks for no reason.
The reason is Myrmy’s Law.
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#12 Offline ReignofRage - Posted October 3 2021 - 12:16 AM

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I have a new species to add to this journal, C. yogi! I caught a handful of these and yes, they are all C. yogi. I'll attach an image of one of the queens' head.

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#13 Offline ReignofRage - Posted October 3 2021 - 1:28 AM

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Couple more C. yogi pictures.

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#14 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted October 3 2021 - 5:49 AM

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Nice!!


1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

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#15 Online NickAnter - Posted October 3 2021 - 8:07 AM

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May I ask where these were found in such abundance?

 

Hopefully these do well. We need more major pics of these on the forum.


Species being kept:

 

Solenopsis truncorum, Solenopsis "plebeius", Solenopsis validiuscula, Solenopsis sp., Solenopsis xyloni, Solenopsis amblychila, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus maritimus, Formica cf. subaenescens, Formica cf. aerata, Lasius cf. americanus, Lasius aphidicola, Lasius brevicornis, Lasius nr claviger, Pheidole navigans, Nylanderia vividula, Aphaenogaster occidentalis, Temnothorax rudis, Temnothorax cf. nitens, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and Strumigenys membranifera

 

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#16 Offline ReignofRage - Posted October 3 2021 - 10:20 AM

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May I ask where these were found in such abundance?

 

Hopefully these do well. We need more major pics of these on the forum.

Angeles Forest is where I found them.



#17 Offline Dumpling - Posted October 3 2021 - 4:10 PM

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Does anyone know if they're polygynous? I'm assuming not, seeing as only very few have been caught. If you caught more than one do an experiment??? Seems interesting but is quite risky...



#18 Offline ReignofRage - Posted October 3 2021 - 5:05 PM

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I want to defintiely try it if I find more, but I will most likely have to wait until next year to try that.


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#19 Offline ReignofRage - Posted October 3 2021 - 9:43 PM

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Here's a link to a video of a C. yogi queen.


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#20 Offline ReignofRage - Posted October 5 2021 - 8:19 PM

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The C. festinatus had a male enclose today. C. essigi also has had a major enclose within the past week.


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