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UA's Camponotus Queens and Colonies

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#1 Online UtahAnts - Posted April 5 2022 - 2:06 PM

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I'm making an offshoot journal from my original (link here) which will be focused on my Camponotus colonies. At the moment I have 2 species left from last season, the rest all got sold off: C. vicinus and C. hyatti. This journal will be updated a couple times this year, as Camponotus are notoriously slow growers. 

 

 

Camponotus vicinus

This colony is starting its second season with 7 workers (3 brood boosted). The largest major is about 13 mm long, making this species one of the largest in Utah. The queen has been laying frequently and around 5 pupae are visible. They are housed in a tubs and tubes setup at the moment which they seem to be doing well in.

 
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Camponotus hyatti

They've been loving their Foranto nest. I can't find the queen at all, but the piles of eggs suggest otherwise

 

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Edited by UtahAnts, April 5 2022 - 4:46 PM.

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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted April 5 2022 - 3:18 PM

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Captivating indeed! Nice work, as always.
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#3 Online T.C. - Posted April 7 2022 - 12:27 AM

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#4 Online UtahAnts - Posted April 7 2022 - 8:12 AM

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I'm using a Cannon rebel xs with a lens reversal ring and a EFS 18-55 mm lens. Using a reverse adapter is a great way to get a cheap macro setup without buying a thousand dollar lens.


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#5 Offline futurebird - Posted April 7 2022 - 9:50 AM

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That's a LOT of eggs. Have you ever caught a Camponotus queen laying? They seem to lay in batches, but I have never seen it happen. Maybe they only do it when it is dark and quiet. 

 

I love the photo of the worker drinking the red sugar water. So cute. 


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#6 Online UtahAnts - Posted April 7 2022 - 10:49 AM

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That's a LOT of eggs. Have you ever caught a Camponotus queen laying? They seem to lay in batches, but I have never seen it happen. Maybe they only do it when it is dark and quiet. 

 

I love the photo of the worker drinking the red sugar water. So cute. 

 

Somehow I haven't been able to see the queen at all this season, but I'm sure she's quite physogastric. 


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#7 Offline That_one_ant_guy - Posted April 7 2022 - 3:35 PM

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Just realized there's a chunky larvae in the background of the Hyattis lol
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#8 Online UtahAnts - Posted June 13 2022 - 12:10 PM

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Long time no update but the colonies are still doing great. The hyattis now have queen alates and the vicinus colony about doubled in size after I boosted them with 10 larvae plus their own dozen or so larvae from last update.

 

Camponotus vicinus (20 workers)

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Camponotus hyatti (200 workers)

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#9 Offline That_one_ant_guy - Posted July 10 2022 - 11:53 AM

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Update?

#10 Offline United-Ants - Posted July 13 2022 - 1:19 PM

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#11 Online UtahAnts - Posted July 14 2022 - 11:29 AM

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Both colonies are still growing with all stages of brood. I also have some founding queens which I'll be selling, but if any are left from this season I'll start entries on those as well. The first image below is one such queen in a Foranto nest. 

 

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Camponotus vicinus (35 workers) Lots of growth, I really like how the new workers have bright orange thoraxes. The second image shows the largest major and queen, this species is very polymorphic

 

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Camponotus hyatti (200 workers) Most of the colony's brood is small larvae, the alates are still with the colony.
 
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#12 Offline United-Ants - Posted August 22 2022 - 4:34 PM

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#13 Online UtahAnts - Posted August 22 2022 - 8:08 PM

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Most of the Camponotus colonies are slowing in growth. The hyattis featured here are ready for diapause. The largest vicinus colony meanwhile still have a few pupae left before they will be ready for hibernation as well. This will probably be the last update until next year. Until then!

 

Camponotus hyatti (200 workers)

Image of their current setup. Ignore the dirty desk

 

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Camponotus vicinus 

One of several founding colonies.

 

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The main Vicinus colony (60 workers)

The largest major dwarfs every other worker in the colony, nearly the size of the queen herself.

 

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Closeup of the queen being fed.
 
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#14 Online UtahAnts - Posted November 23 2022 - 6:32 PM

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Quick winter update regarding the Camponotus hyatti colony. I sold them off recently so their section of the journal will be discontinued for now until another one of my hyatti colonies reaches a significant size to take their place. This colony was a joy to photograph, and here are a few last images I took during hibernation.

 

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I've lost sight of the queen for the last year, but I believe she is in this clump of workers.
 
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