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Kael's Camponotus sansabeanus Journal

camponotus sansabeanus ant queen journal

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#1 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted December 4 2021 - 4:01 PM

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Well hello there,

and welcome to my fascinating journal about my Camponotus sansabeanus.

 

Update #1:

 

It has been a rocky start so far. I ordered these from AntsEmporium on November 15. Unfortunately for me, AntsEmporium just moved to a new facility, and they were not expecting orders so soon. It was also close to Thanksgiving, so my order was delayed. I just received the ants yesterday (but not the byFormica feeders I also ordered), and there were more workers than expected (not a bad thing). The test tube they came in was flooded, so there was at least one that drowned, and the deliveryman chucked the package with them in it at my door (I guess that's what you do with packages that don't say "fragile"  :facepalm: ). I immediately got the survivors into a Mini Hearth and they seem to be doing well. Most of the workers are in the nest portion, but the queen and a small number of workers have decided that a corner of the outworld is very comfortable. I believe they have ten workers currently, as well as some larvae. I have provided them with byFormica Sunburst and a chopped up mealworm. They seem to have acclimated well to their new environment. 

 

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It isn't the best, as I am still getting used to my new lens. They also weren't in an easy spot to photograph unless I took it through the dirty wall.

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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 5 2021 - 3:44 AM

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Nice! You finally got a journal going. I’ll be following. Best of luck!
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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.


#3 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted December 5 2021 - 11:54 AM

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Mini Update:

The queen and the workers who hadn't yet have now moved into the nest portion. There are also 15 workers, not 10. I'm not sure how I messed that up so badly.

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#4 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted December 7 2021 - 3:43 PM

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Update #2:

 

I know it has only been two days since the mini update, but I wanted to make an update anyway. They have started eating! Yay! They seem to be settled in their new home, and have started to actively forage in their outworld. They really enjoy the Sunburst, but as I don't have my feeders yet there have been some accidents. The feeding dish I have been putting the nectar in seems to be really slippery on the inner side of the walls, so the workers keep losing their grip and falling in the nectar. Thankfully, none of them have drowned. I've also noticed that the two largest workers seem to be used as "repletes." They are much fatter than any other members of the colony. Today I gave them a new mealworm that I cut nearly in half, but it was still alive for the most part, and I didn't realize until I had already put it in the outworld. Thankfully a worker seemed to be able to handle it. I killed it once I had an opening.

 

About my update schedule, I'm thinking once to twice a week, or more if something interesting happens.

 

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Edited by Kaelwizard, December 21 2021 - 11:47 AM.

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#5 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted December 21 2021 - 11:58 AM

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Update #3:

 

2 workers have died since the last update due to Sunburst accidents, but I finally received my byFormica feeders from AntsEmporium, so hopefully no more deadly mishaps. I recently gave them part of a superworm, though I'm not sure how much of it they actually got to eat before it dried out. The larvae seems larger than pictured in the mini update, so maybe they have been eating a lot of the worms. Today the workers seem much fatter, I was starting to doubt they figured out how to use the byFormica feeder, but I think that's a good sign? I don't think there will be any pictures with this update, but maybe I'll get some if I see something interesting.


Edited by Kaelwizard, December 21 2021 - 11:58 AM.

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#6 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 8 2022 - 4:13 PM

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Update #4:

 

Good and bad news for this update. The colony is down to 9 workers (I think). I'm pretty sure they died of old age, but if not that is worrying. I don't think we've had a death for a week now, so really hoping that is the case. The good news is that the larvae is really close to pupating from what I can tell, and the queen has laid some eggs. If everything goes well they should be able to recover.


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#7 Offline ReignofRage - Posted January 8 2022 - 4:22 PM

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How much protein are you feeding and what temperature are they at?



#8 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 8 2022 - 7:18 PM

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They are probably at high 70s or so, I don’t have a a reliable way to measure it but they are being heated. They get mealworms like twice a week. The mealworms usually last them a while.

#9 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 9 2022 - 3:27 AM

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I would advise getting some other types of feeders for variety if you can. Crickets, dubias, or fruit flies would be good choices.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

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#10 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 9 2022 - 8:19 AM

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I plan to, but unfortunately the pet store we go to here doesn’t have as much variety as the one in Michigan. Thankfully this colony likes mealworms.
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#11 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 9 2022 - 10:51 AM

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Can you find wild bugs in natural settings near you?
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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.


#12 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 9 2022 - 10:53 AM

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Can you find wild bugs in natural settings near you?

that's a good point. even earwigs(its kinda my thing) are good feeders for ants


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Ants I am keeping:

 none for now, planning on being more active this year


#13 Offline PaigeX - Posted January 9 2022 - 12:18 PM

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I plan to, but unfortunately the pet store we go to here doesn’t have as much variety as the one in Michigan. Thankfully this colony likes mealworms.

should be a few online shops that sell the bugs and fruit fly starter kits.


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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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#14 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 12 2022 - 2:56 PM

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Can you find wild bugs in natural settings near you?

I haven’t noticed any bug activity recently, but in the summer I can for sure get some.

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#15 Offline strickzoants - Posted January 12 2022 - 3:58 PM

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Awesome! I had sansas for a bit. I fed mine fruitflys and mealworms. They preferred the fruitflys so I would get some of those and see if they like it.
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#16 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 15 2022 - 5:09 PM

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Update #5:

 

Turns out my pet store does carry fruit flies so I was able to get some. A worker came into the outworld almost as soon as I put the flies in, and they've already started eating them. There are lots of larvae and eggs, and that one larvae finally pupated. A worker did die after the last update, and it looks like they may have eaten part of her. I'm not sure why they would have done that as they have had plenty of food. If everything goes well they should be able to recover soon.

 

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Wasn't able to get any great photos, but hopefully these are good enough.

 

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#17 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 16 2022 - 5:37 AM

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Mack from THA swears by fruit flies for Camponotus success, so good move.
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