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AntsCali's Camponotus CA02 journal

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#1 Online AntsCali098 - Posted August 13 2022 - 7:01 PM

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I have decided to continue making journals about some of my species. I don't love making and updating journals, so this one may have 1-3 month gaps. This Camponotus CA02 colony has been a joy to keep. I bought her from nurbs about 4 months ago and the queen had 6 nanitics. They are now down to 4 because a couple workers died. I am really not certain why they would die after such a short time. The queen got her first workers in about 2 months, which I believe is normal for this large species. The colony now has a nice pile of about 10 small larvae, but I think the colony is slowing down a bit as we go into fall. They also have a few eggs, and the queen is a very good egg-layer for camponotus. I expect them to get more workers in around a month or a bit more. Pics below

 

The queen

CA02 queen
 
A couple workers
CA02 workers
 
The brood
CA02 brood

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#2 Online AntsCali098 - Posted August 25 2022 - 12:55 PM

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Update 8-25

 

They are really slowing down as hibernation approaches. I don't think they'll get any new workers until then, still small larvae.


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#3 Offline ZTYguy - Posted August 25 2022 - 3:20 PM

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Where did you hear that they hibernate.


Ant Keeping Since June 2018
Currently Keeping:
A. versicolor, C. vicinus, C. us-ca02, C. clarithorax, C. yogi, C. sansabeanus, C. semitestaceus, C. laevigatus, M. mimicus, M. mexicanus, M. navajo, M. placodops 01, M. placodops 02, M. mendax, P. californicus, P. subniditus, P. rugosus, V. andrei, V. pergandei, V. stoddardi,  N. cockerelli, P. hyatti, P. desertorum, P. cerebrosior, P. californica, D. bicolor, C. sp cf6, C. sp na, S. “molesta”

 

GO CHECK OUT ANTSEMPORIUM HERE: https://antsemporium.com/


#4 Online AntsCali098 - Posted August 25 2022 - 3:34 PM

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Oh, I assumed they did, since most camponotus do. Also, they are showing signs of preparing for it

#5 Offline ZTYguy - Posted August 25 2022 - 3:50 PM

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Oh, I assumed they did, since most camponotus do. Also, they are showing signs of preparing for it

Keep them heated. They don’t heed it.


Ant Keeping Since June 2018
Currently Keeping:
A. versicolor, C. vicinus, C. us-ca02, C. clarithorax, C. yogi, C. sansabeanus, C. semitestaceus, C. laevigatus, M. mimicus, M. mexicanus, M. navajo, M. placodops 01, M. placodops 02, M. mendax, P. californicus, P. subniditus, P. rugosus, V. andrei, V. pergandei, V. stoddardi,  N. cockerelli, P. hyatti, P. desertorum, P. cerebrosior, P. californica, D. bicolor, C. sp cf6, C. sp na, S. “molesta”

 

GO CHECK OUT ANTSEMPORIUM HERE: https://antsemporium.com/


#6 Online AntsCali098 - Posted August 25 2022 - 6:48 PM

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#7 Online AntsCali098 - Posted September 14 2022 - 2:02 PM

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Update 9-14

 

Welp, this queen lost her workers, hopefully she'll get more. They are growing crap slow, and still have small larvae. I need a heating cable so I can heat this queen more efficiently, all I have is a heating mat and not really a dark undisturbed place to put it.



#8 Online AntsCali098 - Posted September 22 2022 - 6:04 PM

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Mini-update 9-22

I'm really not sure what's up with this queen, still with small larvae. she's had them for about 2 months

#9 Offline Dan_Not_Found - Posted September 22 2022 - 6:30 PM

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If you haven't already, I would recommend keeping her on heat 24/7 especially over winter, if all you have is a heating pad (which is what I use) then just put ~15% of the testtube on it. The only exception would be the really hot days (like the past few weeks) where temps can go well over 85+ F. Right now, I would recommend giving a small drop of honey and maybe a little protein as well to help her restart. Hope I can help  (y)


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Camponotus US-CA02

Pogonomyrmex Subnitidus


#10 Online AntsCali098 - Posted September 23 2022 - 10:10 AM

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If you haven't already, I would recommend keeping her on heat 24/7 especially over winter, if all you have is a heating pad (which is what I use) then just put ~15% of the testtube on it. The only exception would be the really hot days (like the past few weeks) where temps can go well over 85+ F. Right now, I would recommend giving a small drop of honey and maybe a little protein as well to help her restart. Hope I can help (y)


Thanks for the advice! I wasn't heating her when it was too hot, but since it's cooling down I'll consider putting her on the heating mat. I've also been feeding her. The larvae look pretty healthy
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