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AntBoi’s Crematogaster cerasi journal

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#1 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted March 4 2022 - 6:46 PM

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The beginning:
It all started when I received my crematogaster cerasi queen in the mail from State Side Ants. The queen came on 2/10/22, a little before my birthday. She arrived with around a dozen pupae and some of them looked extremely dark so I expected them to enclose the next day. Sure enough the next day she had one worker sprinting around. A few hours later and there were two workers! New workers enclosed through the course of a a week. Once all the workers enclosed the queen had began to lay eggs again.
Present 3/4/22:
The colony now numbers around a dozen workers. Some of their eggs had began to hatch a few days ago and now are growing rapidly. I’m feeding them fruit flies on a daily basis right now along with sugar water. I’m super excited about this colony and I really hope that they can grow a ton this season :D

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Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#2 Online ANTdrew - Posted March 5 2022 - 3:18 AM

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They’re off to a great start! Remember what I’ve taught you about these: heat, heat, heat, and more protein than a body builder. My new colony should be ready soon as well.
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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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#3 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 5 2022 - 6:38 AM

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They’re off to a great start! Remember what I’ve taught you about these: heat, heat, heat, and more protein than a body builder. My new colony should be ready soon as well.

 

The CrematoMaster's teachings should be cherished by all ant keepers all hail the CrematoMaster! - Sun Tzu the art of Raising giant colonies of Crematogaster. Jokes aside ANTdrew's Crematogaster knowledge particularly how to care for them is well beyond my own. Best of luck with these amazing ants AntBoi3030!


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Keeping ants since 2020 

I keep:

Myrmicinae: Solenopsis molesta( 2 queens). Tetramorium immigrans ( 3 colonies with the biggest nearing 800 workers!),

Crematogaster cerasi  :yahoo:  ( 1 colony with a worker). Temnothorax  curvispinosus ( 1 queen with colony of 2 workers).

Formicinae: Prenolepis imparis ( 2 single queen colonies). Lasius brevicornis  :yahoo:( 19 founding queens) haven't seen many journals of them. Lasius Neoniger (a founding queen).Formica incerta( 1 colony with 22 workers)

 

Previously kept: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   ( 1 colony with 9 workers). 

 

As you can tell I like ants


#4 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted March 11 2022 - 6:18 PM

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Update 3/11/22:
This little colony has been doing very well! The queen continues to lay plenty of eggs. The colony has a a good amount of pupae now along with a nice pile of larvae. This colony is crazy about sugar and are constantly in the outworld.

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Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#5 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 12 2022 - 3:03 PM

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Nice colony! I just got a colony from SSA a few days ago. So our colonies are of the same batch!


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"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#6 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted March 22 2022 - 4:07 PM

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Update 3/22/22:
I counted 21 workers! It may not look like it in the photo but I counted twice and there were a lot of workers foraging. I left on a one week vacation so I wasn’t able to feed them daily for a week. when I came back I was greeted by the slightly larger second generation of workers along with lots of tiny larvae. I’ve been feeding them a few termites a day and they seem to really enjoy them.

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My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#7 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted March 22 2022 - 5:03 PM

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hmmm, they seem so calm. I wonder when they start to go: TIME TO BREAK OUTTA HERE GIRLS! Nice colony :)


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Always try new things, even if its hard, hard is not impossible. We are smart and it's good to be smart but not too smart for your own good.


#8 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted March 22 2022 - 5:44 PM

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hmmm, they seem so calm. I wonder when they start to go: TIME TO BREAK OUTTA HERE GIRLS! Nice colony :)

Thanks. Yeah, they're pretty content right now in their classic test tube-out world setup. I definitely have plans for future expansion B).


My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#9 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 22 2022 - 6:17 PM

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hmmm, they seem so calm. I wonder when they start to go: TIME TO BREAK OUTTA HERE GIRLS! Nice colony :)

Thanks. Yeah, they're pretty content right now in their classic test tube-out world setup. I definitely have plans for future expansion B).

 

I can't wait for my Crematogaster cerasi queen to get workers! They seem so calm nothing like my Formica incerta.


Keeping ants since 2020 

I keep:

Myrmicinae: Solenopsis molesta( 2 queens). Tetramorium immigrans ( 3 colonies with the biggest nearing 800 workers!),

Crematogaster cerasi  :yahoo:  ( 1 colony with a worker). Temnothorax  curvispinosus ( 1 queen with colony of 2 workers).

Formicinae: Prenolepis imparis ( 2 single queen colonies). Lasius brevicornis  :yahoo:( 19 founding queens) haven't seen many journals of them. Lasius Neoniger (a founding queen).Formica incerta( 1 colony with 22 workers)

 

Previously kept: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   ( 1 colony with 9 workers). 

 

As you can tell I like ants


#10 Offline UtahAnts - Posted March 22 2022 - 6:18 PM

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Enjoy the colony while it's small. I love keeping crematogaster when the colony is less then 100 workers but anything larger than that becomes increasingly difficult. My biggest recommendation is to buy fluon. It will make your life much easier than mine was, trying to use oil and vaseline to stop the hordes.


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#11 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted March 22 2022 - 7:28 PM

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Difficult? Could you please explain how?  I need to prepare myself haha.


My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#12 Offline UtahAnts - Posted March 22 2022 - 8:16 PM

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Basically if you don't have an effective barrier you won't be able to open the outworld without dozens of ants escaping. Even if you you do use fluon, the ants will still seek any weakness in the nest or outworld to escape. You should also have a good colony of mealworms or roaches on hand becuase these ants will need a lot of protien and sugar every day, especially if you heat them.


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#13 Online ANTdrew - Posted March 23 2022 - 2:13 AM

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Difficult? Could you please explain how? I need to prepare myself haha.

Read my journal, then read it again.
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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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#14 Offline antgallery - Posted March 23 2022 - 8:01 AM

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Yep a good Outworld is key, I'm using a AC Outworld and it works great, for now. I haven't ever really had any escapees though, but my colony is also only on their second year. I think a 3D printed or Acrylic nest would be a good idea so they can't chew out.



#15 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted March 23 2022 - 5:07 PM

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Difficult? Could you please explain how? I need to prepare myself haha.

Read my journal, then read it again.

 

I just read it, what am I now? A CrematoApprentice  :D?

 

Yep a good Outworld is key, I'm using a AC Outworld and it works great, for now. I haven't ever really had any escapees though, but my colony is also only on their second year. I think a 3D printed or Acrylic nest would be a good idea so they can't chew out.

Noted, Thanks.


Edited by AntBoi3030, March 24 2022 - 12:35 PM.

My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#16 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted March 23 2022 - 5:33 PM

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Difficult? Could you please explain how? I need to prepare myself haha.

Read my journal, then read it again.

 

I just read it, what am I now? A CreamatoApprentice  :D?

 

Yep a good Outworld is key, I'm using a AC Outworld and it works great, for now. I haven't ever really had any escapees though, but my colony is also only on their second year. I think a 3D printed or Acrylic nest would be a good idea so they can't chew out.

Noted, Thanks.

 

CREAMATO?? What, now there's an ant named after a breed of cream and tomato?? ...sorry I had too :lol:


Edited by azzaaazzzz00, March 23 2022 - 5:39 PM.

Been keeping ants since January of 2021

 

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#17 Online ANTdrew - Posted March 24 2022 - 2:09 AM

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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.

#18 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted March 24 2022 - 4:51 AM

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The first step on the path is proper spelling.

Noted, Sensei.


Keeping ants since 2020 

I keep:

Myrmicinae: Solenopsis molesta( 2 queens). Tetramorium immigrans ( 3 colonies with the biggest nearing 800 workers!),

Crematogaster cerasi  :yahoo:  ( 1 colony with a worker). Temnothorax  curvispinosus ( 1 queen with colony of 2 workers).

Formicinae: Prenolepis imparis ( 2 single queen colonies). Lasius brevicornis  :yahoo:( 19 founding queens) haven't seen many journals of them. Lasius Neoniger (a founding queen).Formica incerta( 1 colony with 22 workers)

 

Previously kept: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   ( 1 colony with 9 workers). 

 

As you can tell I like ants






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