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T.C.'s Camponotus novaeboracensis Journal

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#1 Offline BioScorpion - Posted April 29 2022 - 8:45 PM

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T.C.'s Camponotus novaeboracensis Journal

 

Scientific NameCamponotus novaeboracensis

Common Name: Carpenter ant

Distribution: Primarily found in the United States and Canada.

Queen size: 14-18 mm

Worker size: 7-16 mm, with a caste system involving Majors and Minors

Natural Habitat: Found in moist wood, like dead fall, lumber, and old houses. Also known to be nest under rocks in rocky locations.

Circadian Activity: Mostly nocturnal, but will still forage in the day.

Mating Flight: The major flights occur in May and June, with scattered flights during July and August. Ideal conditions are a day after rain, warm and humid. Mid-day to afternoon. But they are also known to fly in periods with no rain.

Queen Founding Method: Fully Claustral

Monogyne or Polygyne: Monogyne (Although some occurrences of polygyne colonies have been recorded)

Average time from egg to worker: Egg to larva - 20-30 days; larva to pupa - 10-15 days; Pupa to worker - 18-25 days. Time may vary with the temperature.

Recommended Temperature: 75-80°F (24-27°C)

Recommended Humidity:  Mid humidity level of  30-50%.  20% and lower is known to cause deformities in pupae.

Preferred Foods: Honey water, sugar, apples, pears, oranges, mealworm/super worms, June beetles, isopods, earwigs, crickets, grasshoppers.  Most sugary foods and insects are readily accepted.

Hibernation Details:  In the wild temperatures below freezing are common, even up to -40C/F.  In captivity it is advised to stay above the freezing point as we are unable to easily duplicate the slow cool down into freezing temps to allow the anti-freeze in their blood to work properly.  Hibernation is recommended between 39F (4C) - 50F (10C).

Escape Barrier Methods: Fluon and talcum powder method work best.  They are also unable to talk upside down on olive oil on a smooth surface.

 

Difficulty rating: Very easy to keep.

Bite and/or Sting rating: They can bite and the majors or queens are even capable breaking the skin.  They are also known to dab droplets of formic acid from their gaster into the wound causing a slight stinging sensation. 

Special Care or Interesting Notes: They prefer warmth and plentiful food sources.

Additional Links:

Antwiki - http://www.antwiki.o...novaeboracensis

Antweb - https://www.antweb.o...ntryName=Canada

 

Description: The red carpenter ant (Camponotus novaeboracensis) has a dark reddish brown colored thorax and petiole, with a black head and black gaster.  Newly eclosed ants will have yellow or orange thoraxes that slowly darken into a deep red over a period of days to weeks.

 

 

 

 

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#2 Offline BioScorpion - Posted July 14 2022 - 11:45 PM

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.I caught several queens a little over a month ago of Camponotus novaeboracensis and Camponotus pennsylvanicus. They are sitting in a room that's around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. So they are growing quickly.  (Apologizes for the poor images. Most of them are in plastic tubes making for horrible picture quality.) I'll be documenting the Camponotus novaeboracensis here.

 

 

 

 

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#3 Offline BioScorpion - Posted August 27 2022 - 9:41 PM

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Updates on the Camponotus novaeboracensis. All colonies still in my position have 10-16 workers. Looking like most will hit twenty workers before hibernation. All of them sit around 85 Degrees Fahrenheit. Better pictures coming soon....
 

 

 


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#4 Offline BioScorpion - Posted September 1 2022 - 8:46 PM

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I got another Colony of this species today on a trade. Unfortunately the queen had died for unknown reasons. I am going to attempt to introduce a new queen. I will document how that goes here.

 

 

 

 

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#5 Offline UtahAnts - Posted September 2 2022 - 5:10 AM

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Nice pics and good lighting. What camera are you using?


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#6 Offline BioScorpion - Posted September 2 2022 - 5:50 AM

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Nice pics and good lighting. What camera are you using?


Thanks! The camera I'm using at the moment is just my cell phone. I could do better if I had more time but I'm still limited with the phone features. My old camera I used in those first pictures were actually from a camera someone left behind at a park. I tried to find it's owner but nobody came forward and oddly enough it didn't have any pictures on it. I had it for a few years before dropping it in a lake. I had taken it apart to fix it but the lens were shot.
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#7 Offline BioScorpion - Posted September 12 2022 - 3:54 PM

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Just caption this, "Eating Good"




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#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 12 2022 - 5:14 PM

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Nice shots. She be getting thicc.
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#9 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 13 2022 - 5:04 AM

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did that introduction of the queen to the other colony go as planned?


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#10 Offline BioScorpion - Posted September 13 2022 - 2:51 PM

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did that introduction of the queen to the other colony go as planned?


I have yet to do it.
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#11 Offline T.C. - Posted September 19 2022 - 2:18 PM

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A brood boost before hibernation.


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#12 Offline T.C. - Posted January 17 2023 - 10:37 PM

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Pulled them from hibernation only to find the queen hadn't made it. 

 

  Edit:  Not  Dead


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#13 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 18 2023 - 3:05 AM

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Damn! Sorry, man.
Damn! Sorry, man.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#14 Offline T.C. - Posted January 18 2023 - 8:07 PM

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Pulled them from hibernation only to find the queen hadn't made it. 

 

Damn! Sorry, man.

 

The Queen is alive after all. It took six days for her to make any movement and tonight she was up moving like nothing happened. This is now the longest I've seen a queen take to rebound from hibernation.   Long Live The Queen!


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#15 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 19 2023 - 3:08 AM

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She’s *really* not a morning person!
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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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#16 Offline T.C. - Posted January 23 2023 - 9:07 PM

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There was about three worker deaths from hibernation. The keep the majority of the brood and other workers in a different chamber so they're not pictured here. 

 

 

 

 

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#17 Offline T.C. - Posted January 28 2023 - 7:46 AM

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First eggs of the year.



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