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Camponotus Floridanus Journal

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#1 Offline Guest_SolenopsisKeeper_* - Posted April 15 2022 - 11:05 AM

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I originally started a topic called “Photography for AC” because I had a journal on the AntsCanada ant forum. But due to the small community, many of which who don’t live in the United States or even North America. Consequently, many people were unfamiliar with this species and/or related species.

You can find that topic here:


Anyway, I am beginning to move this colony into a temporary test tube setup, as their old nest needs cleaning.

Also, can these ants “commit suicide”? I noticed this last night, when I plugged a tube, one started barfing up nectar and just died. Not in a curled up way, but in a normal pose. Survival tactic to distract intruder? I don’t know… anyone notice anything like this?

I would also like to point out that some workers may have darker heads, due to me brood boosting with Camponotus discolor. It is a bit uncommon to see one of two of these nanitics, as the colony is coming up on 100 workers. It is truly amazing, to think that one singular queen can go from just a batch of fertile eggs, to a fully functional colony with almost a hundred workers in a little bit more than six months.

Anyway, here is photos of the colony(I tried to pick the best ones):
One of two discolor workers isolated:
Workers with brood:
The Queen now:
The Queen with her second generation(Better quality):
The Queen with some brood and workers:
A media with a superworm exoskeleton:
The first media/major hatching:
First second generation worker to emerge:
Colony when I first received:

I will try to give daily updates, but if nothing exciting happens I will give updates once a week or a good quality feeding photo(Not on old topic).

Edited by SolenopsisKeeper-, April 15 2022 - 11:15 AM.

#2 Offline United-Ants - Posted April 15 2022 - 11:58 AM


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Beautiful colony

#3 Offline Guest_SolenopsisKeeper_* - Posted April 15 2022 - 12:38 PM

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Indeed. I love Camponotus that are more than one color for this reason, the color really sticks out, especially on queens.


They have successfully moved into the temporary test tube. I have decided they will stay in two large test tubes until they reach 150-250 workers. Otherwise, they will pile their trash inside the nest again.
(I apologize for warm lighting in second photo, idk why this happened. Any tips for this? The only difference is a put on a wide angle lense with the macrolense. I do this so you can get better quality and so it doesn’t look like I took the photo when color pictures first came out.
Queen with tons of workers:
Entire tube shot:
Photo of worker with eggs:

#4 Offline Guest_SolenopsisKeeper_* - Posted April 18 2022 - 8:05 AM

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Mites seem to have died off.

Also, I can’t count deaths anymore due to the fact they eat their dead(Why?)

Also, good news! A new batch of workers is hatching! Unfortunately a lot of them are nanitics, but there are some majors. A decent trade-off, if you ask me.(Photos of them coming soon)

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#5 Offline Guest_SolenopsisKeeper_* - Posted April 18 2022 - 10:56 AM

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Unfortunately, the last of the first generation died off today.(Except for brood boosted discolor worker) Due to these events, I recalled I hadn’t fed them anything but flies and superworms since the second generations hatching. Today, was the day that the second generation and higher of workers tasted cricket. :)

Here is some photos:

Workers Feasting
Workers dragging new cricket into nest
Most Recent batch of Workers

#6 Offline Guest_SolenopsisKeeper_* - Posted April 21 2022 - 2:19 PM

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I didn’t release how small Discolor nanitic cocoons are compared to Floridanus… the cocoon is smaller than the queens head!

#7 Offline Guest_SolenopsisKeeper_* - Posted April 23 2022 - 8:30 AM

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Put a water tube in outworld a few days ago. They have pulling at Cotten every since, try to get water to come out despite having water in the nest. They got some to leak out, so now they have a small den under the tube. Ants are intelligent…I have also noticed the queen likes cooler temperatures and moves to cool parts of the nest.

Edited by SolenopsisKeeper-, April 23 2022 - 8:31 AM.

#8 Offline Guest_SolenopsisKeeper_* - Posted May 1 2022 - 6:26 AM

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Sorry for not posting. Nothing exciting been going on. More pupae hatched, so I think we are at 150 workers now? At least 30 are majors/media.

#9 Offline Guest_SolenopsisKeeper_* - Posted May 10 2022 - 4:44 PM

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I am selling/giving the colony away to a friend who lives nearby. They are a lot to care for and handle… especially aggression, that’s the worst part. Next time I obtain a colony I will absolutely not give them as large as a nest, and strictly limit feeding so they do not grow so large.

Note: The person I am giving them away to promised me they will make a journal, but we will see….

I gave the colony away Saturday…

Also, just texted the person who I gave them to, they are planning a journal now.

Edited by SolenopsisKeeper-, May 10 2022 - 4:44 PM.

#10 Offline United-Ants - Posted May 10 2022 - 4:56 PM


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Sad to them go

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#11 Offline Guest_SolenopsisKeeper_* - Posted May 12 2022 - 5:21 PM

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Indeed. Already miss them. To add to it, my cyphomyrmex colony is dying. Hey, but my Psedumyrmex queens are doing and now I don’t forget to feed them… also so is my invicta and megacephala.

I just realized I only keep invasive ants now…

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