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#1 Offline antgallery - Posted August 16 2021 - 5:05 PM

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I got this queen last year since then she has amassed a pile of brood and gotten to about 100 workers. Its crazy how fast they grow! I've read ANTdrew's Crematogaster journal so I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what I need to do. Right now they're in a test tube connected to a AC test tube portal, it's been working okay for them but they're going to need an actual outworld soon. I can't wait until they fly again in my area, I'm hopping to catch some more! I've been feeding them Dubia Roaches, Mealworms, ant nectar, and honey water. Any other suggestions of what I should feed them?


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#2 Offline zA-Z0-9 - Posted August 16 2021 - 5:15 PM

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I got this queen last year since then she has amassed a pile of brood and gotten to about 100 workers. Its crazy how fast they grow! I've read ANTdrew's Crematogaster journal so I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what I need to do. Right now they're in a test tube connected to a AC test tube portal, it's been working okay for them but they're going to need an actual outworld soon. I can't wait until they fly again in my area, I'm hopping to catch some more! I've been feeding them Dubia Roaches, Mealworms, ant nectar, and honey water. Any other suggestions of what I should feed them?

post lots of pictures also they loooooove jelly


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I LOVE ANTS!!!!


#3 Offline antgallery - Posted August 16 2021 - 5:35 PM

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I got this queen last year since then she has amassed a pile of brood and gotten to about 100 workers. Its crazy how fast they grow! I've read ANTdrew's Crematogaster journal so I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what I need to do. Right now they're in a test tube connected to a AC test tube portal, it's been working okay for them but they're going to need an actual outworld soon. I can't wait until they fly again in my area, I'm hopping to catch some more! I've been feeding them Dubia Roaches, Mealworms, ant nectar, and honey water. Any other suggestions of what I should feed them?

post lots of pictures also they loooooove jelly

 

I'll try to take some pics. Thank's for the suggestion! I'll try out the jelly!


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#4 Offline zA-Z0-9 - Posted August 16 2021 - 5:47 PM

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I got this queen last year since then she has amassed a pile of brood and gotten to about 100 workers. Its crazy how fast they grow! I've read ANTdrew's Crematogaster journal so I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what I need to do. Right now they're in a test tube connected to a AC test tube portal, it's been working okay for them but they're going to need an actual outworld soon. I can't wait until they fly again in my area, I'm hopping to catch some more! I've been feeding them Dubia Roaches, Mealworms, ant nectar, and honey water. Any other suggestions of what I should feed them?

post lots of pictures also they loooooove jelly

 

I'll try to take some pics. Thank's for the suggestion! I'll try out the jelly!

 

they'll love it trust me


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#5 Offline antgallery - Posted September 7 2021 - 5:21 PM

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Sorry for not updating in a bit! Here's some pictures of the colony. I also gave them an outworld though that's not shown.

Thank's zA for the jelly suggestion! They loved it!

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#6 Offline antgallery - Posted September 7 2021 - 5:23 PM

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Also, for some reason, whenever I feed them they will drag the food back to their nest and grind up the exoskeleton of the roach/mealworm I fed them. Does anyone know why they do this?



#7 Offline antgallery - Posted September 8 2021 - 5:24 PM

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I moved them today! Into their new nest they go! It only took a couple hours for them to move and the heat definitely helped. Of course like usual with ants they didn't do exactly what I wanted and had to move into their outworld for about an hour.

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#8 Online ANTdrew - Posted September 8 2021 - 5:42 PM

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Wow! If you got Crematogasters to move voluntarily, you’re close to the title of CrematoMaster.
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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.

#9 Offline antgallery - Posted September 8 2021 - 5:49 PM

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Wow! If you got Crematogasters to move voluntarily, you’re close to the title of CrematoMaster.

Haha Thank's! I guess the heat cable and a little tapping does wonders.


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#10 Offline antgallery - Posted May 30 2022 - 5:18 PM

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Well I guess I'm reviving this. I don't know why I stopped posting about this colony, I guess I just got busy with life you know? Anyway's they are still doing great they have grown SO much in the last year. I'm feeding them roaches and some ant juice that I sell on my website here: https://www.missouriantshop.com/. They empty liquid feeders ridiculously fast now.

 

Here's a picture of part of one of their brood chambers:

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This colony has easily became one of my favorite's over the 2 years I've had it. To anyone able to that hasn't, I recommend keeping Crematogaster, They're great!


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#11 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 2 2022 - 10:46 AM

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I've always wanted Crematogaster, but have never been lucky enough to find a queen. When is the best time to find these?



#12 Offline antgallery - Posted June 2 2022 - 10:55 AM

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I found the queen in this journal in September but I believe they fly from August to October.


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#13 Online ANTdrew - Posted June 2 2022 - 11:24 AM

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I've always wanted Crematogaster, but have never been lucky enough to find a queen. When is the best time to find these?

I think most California species are found with black lights.
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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.

#14 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 2 2022 - 11:29 AM

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Ah okay. I'll see if I can blacklight a few this summer.






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