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ColAnt735's Ant Journal (updated 28/9/22)

tetramorium prenolepis lasius brevicornis pogonomyrmex solenopsis

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#141 Offline antsriondel - Posted January 22 2023 - 8:43 AM


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Sadly this diapause season was a disaster. The fridge the ants were in started to fluctuate in temperature and it killed six maybe seven of my ant colonies and two of my founding queens . Including:

My Crematogaster colony

Both Prenolepis colonies 

Myrmica queens

Crematogaster queen

Formica neogagates colony

Solenopsis molesta colony

Camponotus pennsylvanicus  large colony (maybe).


It reduced the Tetramorium to around fifty workers, lowered the Formica incerta colony to around sixty workers, killed all but one of the Camponotus novaeboracensis workers. The second smaller pennsylvanicus colony had all but two workers and the queen died.

No way man! That sucks! I hope that you can catch more, and continue to grow this amazing journal.  :)

Edited by antsriondel, January 22 2023 - 1:29 PM.

#142 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 22 2023 - 9:08 AM


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This is terrible. So sorry for your losses! 🙏🏻
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#143 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 3 2023 - 4:18 PM


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Update 3/3/23


To be completely honest it's been a bumpy ride since the last update in the journal. The Formica died out due to mould and every time I tried to save them it would just pop up again. The large Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony's queen also died. She hadn't been acting the same and seemed to go through phases where she was limp and then all of a sudden she would become semi-active again, until one day when she suddenly died.


On the other hand the other colonies have been recovering nicely so I'll get to that now:


Tetramorium immigrans-

Holy crap this colony is recovering. On the third day of being out of diapause the queen laid a ton of eggs. Now those eggs have pupated and are starting to enclose, and as an extra cherry on top the queen laid eggs throughout that whole process. Thanks to the queen's determination to get her colony back on track this colony is probably hovering around seventy workers. They accept everything I give them and show no signs of slowing down. Hopefully this colony returns to its former glory.


Camponotus novaeboracensis-

Another colony that is absolutely thriving they've doubled their worker count to a grand total of two! But what's better than that you may ask? The four pupae ten Larvae and at least twenty eggs! As you can tell the queen has been very busy and her workers are too. They eat more than they used to and are growing quicker than ever before.


Camponotus pennsylvanicus- 

Although this colony is definitely doing the worst out of the three they still are showing signs of recovery. For example they eat more and the queen has started to lay eggs again. 


Lasius neoniger and brevicornis- Nothing to update but they all have eggs!

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#144 Offline antsriondel - Posted March 3 2023 - 4:39 PM


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Nice!  (y)

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