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(Discontinued) OiledOlives Camponotus nearcticus (2q colony)

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#1 Offline OiledOlives - Posted January 14 2022 - 2:37 PM

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Around April of 2021, I was sitting around waiting for flights of Camponotus pennsylvanicus when I noticed a Camponotus nearcticus queen scurrying up the trunk of a tree. That night, I collected 37 more until around 1 am. I, being miserably unprepared, had read on Discord that nearcticus was polygynous in certain populations. I hoped that mine were poly, so I threw them all into the 15 or so tubes that I had available. After they had gotten workers (in late June - early July, which is during Temnothorax, Colobopsis, and Pheidole flights), I only had two 2 queen colonies. The larger one, which had a much bigger nanitic batch, was doing amazing and was one of the colonies that I prioritized. They got a half major 2nd gen, full major and male (which was immediately ripped apart) 3rd gen, and then went into diapause. They were getting neglected for the month I was waiting for the last pupae to eclose, which killed off their numbers a little bit. They were fine throughout diapause, with around 70 small larvae. Moved them into a miniformisquarium with an outworld from Cheeto, and dumped them in. They took a little bit of convincing, but in the end, moved in. Added in a byFormica liquid feeder micro and they are full (and I won't even have to worry about sugars that often anymore!). Here they are now.



I am quite certain on my ID of C. nearcticus, as not only is it far more common (which should not be a main IDing factor, but whatever), it lacks the heavy beard that C. caryae queens and majors have. 


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#2 Offline OiledOlives - Posted January 31 2022 - 6:19 AM

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Nothing too major has changed about these ants. The quantity of larvae have been reduced due to cannibalism. They are not avid eaters and mainly drink sugar water.



#3 Offline OiledOlives - Posted March 28 2022 - 10:04 AM

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I moved this colony back to a test tube a while ago after the queens laid eggs. They are down to 10 workers now and the larvae has not been growing at all, even with constant feeding, though the new batch of eggs is sure to change that. This will be the last or second to last update for the colony.







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