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AntsTopia’s First Camponotus floridanus Journal

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Poll: Should I put queen on top of cage with heat? (14 member(s) have cast votes)

Should I put queen on top of cage with heat?

  1. Yes. Pros: Larvae grow faster and queen lays more eggs Cons: light stresses queen out (11 votes [78.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 78.57%

  2. NO!! (3 votes [21.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.43%

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#21 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted September 14 2022 - 2:26 PM

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That hybrid nest may be too big for them even when they have more workers. I think you should maybe block off a few chambers so they have a nest fit for their size. The thing is, I've never see many cons to having them in a too big nest, except they may place trash in the nest or stress for having a too big space so it your choice. Great looking colony!


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#22 Offline AntsTopia - Posted September 23 2022 - 11:41 AM

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Hey guys! Sorry for not posting in a long time. Most of the cocoons were lost due to bad mold outbreak. I had to put them in a test tube. They are doing good and I will post a full update on them tomorrow. Have a good rest of you guys day!


That hybrid nest may be too big for them even when they have more workers. I think you should maybe block off a few chambers so they have a nest fit for their size. The thing is, I've never see many cons to having them in a too big nest, except they may place trash in the nest or stress for having a too big space so it your choice. Great looking colony!

Thanks! You were right they couldn’t keep it clean.


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If all humans worked to together like ants the world would be like…SO MUCH BETTER

Keeper of: Camponotus Flordanius, Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis, Tetramorium Sp. E, Camponotus Vicinus, Pheidole bicaranata, Solenopsis Invicta, Pogonomyrmex Rugosus, Colobis Impressa, Lasius brevicornis, Brachymermex Patagonius, Myrmcoctysus Mendax

If I got some species names wrong, just know I can't spell some English words so what makes you think I can spell Latin words? :)

#23 Offline FloridaAnts - Posted September 24 2022 - 8:45 AM

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That hybrid nest may be too big for them even when they have more workers. I think you should maybe block off a few chambers so they have a nest fit for their size. The thing is, I've never see many cons to having them in a too big nest, except they may place trash in the nest or stress for having a too big space so it your choice. Great looking colony!

This is true.... for like 3 days until you tell the colony they are the slowest growing Camponotus and they get so big you can't even see the queen in a flat nest. Also, I would NOT recommend brood boosting again. Lots of wild colonies have these large red mites, that could possibly be parasitic. Also you have to appreciate this species callow majors. They look absolutely adorable.


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#24 Offline AntsTopia - Posted November 20 2022 - 3:42 PM

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Sry they died
If all humans worked to together like ants the world would be like…SO MUCH BETTER

Keeper of: Camponotus Flordanius, Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis, Tetramorium Sp. E, Camponotus Vicinus, Pheidole bicaranata, Solenopsis Invicta, Pogonomyrmex Rugosus, Colobis Impressa, Lasius brevicornis, Brachymermex Patagonius, Myrmcoctysus Mendax

If I got some species names wrong, just know I can't spell some English words so what makes you think I can spell Latin words? :)

#25 Offline FloridaAnts - Posted November 23 2022 - 3:36 PM

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Sry they died

Can we be expecting a revival next year? What happend?


Edited by FloridaAnts, November 23 2022 - 3:36 PM.

Check out my Camponotus socius journal!
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Check out my Florida Carpenter Ant journal!(Camponotus floridanus, and Camponotus tortoganus)
https://www.formicul...naltwo-species/
Check out my Odontomachus ruginodis(Trap-Jaw ants) journal!
https://www.formicul...urnal/?p=215735
Check out my Trachymyrmex septrionalis(Fungus farmers) journal!
https://www.formicul...onalis-journal/

#26 Offline AntsTopia - Posted November 24 2022 - 10:55 AM

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Well honestly the workers started to unexpectedly start dying and the queen was gone. I am not sure if she escaped or the last worker ate her. I will keep a close eye out for her if she did indeed escape somehow. However hopefully next year I will find another C. Flordanius queen.
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If all humans worked to together like ants the world would be like…SO MUCH BETTER

Keeper of: Camponotus Flordanius, Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis, Tetramorium Sp. E, Camponotus Vicinus, Pheidole bicaranata, Solenopsis Invicta, Pogonomyrmex Rugosus, Colobis Impressa, Lasius brevicornis, Brachymermex Patagonius, Myrmcoctysus Mendax

If I got some species names wrong, just know I can't spell some English words so what makes you think I can spell Latin words? :)

#27 Offline FloridaAnts - Posted January 21 2023 - 12:10 AM

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Well honestly the workers started to unexpectedly start dying and the queen was gone. I am not sure if she escaped or the last worker ate her. I will keep a close eye out for her if she did indeed escape somehow. However hopefully next year I will find another C. Flordanius queen.

She probably escaped


Check out my Camponotus socius journal!
https://www.formicul...socius-journal/
Check out my Florida Carpenter Ant journal!(Camponotus floridanus, and Camponotus tortoganus)
https://www.formicul...naltwo-species/
Check out my Odontomachus ruginodis(Trap-Jaw ants) journal!
https://www.formicul...urnal/?p=215735
Check out my Trachymyrmex septrionalis(Fungus farmers) journal!
https://www.formicul...onalis-journal/





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