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C. J. Howard's Ant Journal

crematogaster pristomyrmex odontomachus monomorium camponotus tetramorium

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#21 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 27 2022 - 11:19 PM


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Just wanted to ask for an update on this great journal and wait for a reply from the OP.

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Young ant keeper with a decent amount of knowledge on local ant species.

YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ (It's pretty dead. Might upload again soon, don't expect my voice to sound the same though.)

Currently kept ant species, favorites have a star in front of their names (NOT in alphabetical order, also may be outdated sometimes): Camponotus irritans inferior, Ooceraea biroi, Pheidole parva, Nylanderia sp., Paraparatrechina tapinomoides, Platythyrea sp., Anochetus sp., Colobopsis sp. (cylindrica group), Crematogaster ferrarii, Polyrhachis (Myrma) cf. pruinosa, Polyrhachis (Cyrtomyrma) laevissima, Tapinoma sp. (formerly Zatapinoma)

Death count: Probably over a hundred individual queens and colonies by now. I cannot recall whatsoever.

#22 Offline cjhoward - Posted August 2 2022 - 9:30 PM



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Just wanted to ask for an update on this great journal and wait for a reply from the OP.

Thanks for your interest! I don't have much time for a full update as I'm very busy working on my ant colony simulation game these days. I will share a couple things though.


Unfortunately my Aenictus sp. colony died two months after collecting them. I believe it was either a hydration issue or mold/disease, as they had plenty of Pheidole brood to eat and the whole colony died rather abruptly.


About two months ago I found a Proceratium sp. queen inside a Camponotus japonicus nest. I have been regularly feeding her centipede eggs. She has laid multiple batches of eggs, but none of them hatched into larvae. There is an ever-growing population of mites in her container that it seems are eating the eggs. I'm going to move her to a new container soon and try not to bring any of the mites along.


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About a month and a half ago I found a Hypoponera sp. queen. She has been doing great and its a lot of fun to watch her. She's really active, and is always on the hunt for springtails. She now has at least 3 larvae, and one of them just formed a little peanut-shaped cocoon.


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I also have at least five new queens/small colonies of various species that I have not yet posted about. If anybody wants a specific update on another colony that I have previously shared, just let me know and I'll post about it.

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making an ant colony simulation game - https://antkeeper.com

#23 Offline Pogomatt - Posted December 11 2022 - 8:32 AM



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I’d like to hear more about your experiences with Camponotus japonicus, I have a young queen who hasn’t settled down to lay yet, but is otherwise healthy.
Camponotus cruentatus, fedtschenkoi, foreli, maculatus, micans, nicobarensis
Formica cinerea
Lasius flavus, niger
Manica rubida x2
Messor barbatus (bicolour), barbatus (red head), bouvieri, capitatus, minor, orientalis, wasmanni
Odontoponera transversa

#24 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 11 2022 - 1:19 PM


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Nice journal! Keep up the great work!  (y) Also, what happened to those Pheidole?

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