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Kiedeerk's Epic multi-species Ant Keeping Journal

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#141 Offline kiedeerk - Posted May 18 2024 - 8:20 PM

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Trachymyrmex fungus garden growing rapidly. In about one month it is now covering probably 2/3 of the 4x4 inches nesting space. It also grew to about 1 inch tall. I have been giving them mostly roses and wild flowers from my yard. They are pretty particular in what they cut. It is amazing how they cultivate the fungus into a honeycomb shape.

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#142 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 19 2024 - 3:33 AM

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So cool!
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#143 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted May 19 2024 - 12:30 PM

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I love how they make it in the shape of a honeycomb

Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

1 M.ergatognya

 

 

 

 

Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#144 Offline kiedeerk - Posted May 21 2024 - 8:32 AM

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New species: Camponotus Socius

Rarely kept species of Camponotus but becoming more available recently. They are native to the southeastern USA. Lives mainly in sandy environments. They have beautiful coloration and are large in size comparable to chromaoides, castaneus, and Pennsylvanicus. They have been notoriously more difficult to keep from what I have heard so I will give them a try. Their coloration reminds me of Camponotus nicobarensis but double their size.

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#145 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted May 21 2024 - 8:36 AM

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Very nice coloration. What nest are you keeping them in?


Currently keeping: 2 C.vicinus colonies.2 C.sansabeanus. 1 C.leavissimus. 2 C.Ca02. 1 V.pergandei. 4 T.immigrans.1 F.pacifica. 1 C.hyatti

1 M.ergatognya

 

 

 

 

Trying to get my hands on :C.modoc,A.vercicolor, and Any Honeypots

  

 

 


#146 Offline kiedeerk - Posted May 21 2024 - 10:24 AM

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Very nice coloration. What nest are you keeping them in?


All my ants are kept inside diy nests. This one is just a simple gypsum with a sand base

#147 Offline Ernteameise - Posted May 21 2024 - 10:48 AM

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Oh these Camponotus are beautiful.

Very nice colors.

Good luck with them!



#148 Offline Mushu - Posted May 22 2024 - 3:51 AM

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Impressive collection of ants you got there.

 

A few questions on your placodops 01

 

1) can you elaborate on their protein preferences. What are their preferred  from favorite to least favorite. 

2) How often do you feed them protein and how much?

3) What temperature and humidity(if you have that info) gradient do you keep them at.


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#149 Offline 100lols - Posted May 22 2024 - 4:35 AM

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Wow!!! Beautiful specimen. Taught me about a new species :) cheers!

#150 Offline kiedeerk - Posted May 22 2024 - 7:37 AM

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Impressive collection of ants you got there.

A few questions on your placodops 01

1) can you elaborate on their protein preferences. What are their preferred from favorite to least favorite.
2) How often do you feed them protein and how much?
3) What temperature and humidity(if you have that info) gradient do you keep them at.


In my experience they have been quite picky in terms of protein source. They will take sugar water all day long but for proteins they liked termites and sometimes fruit flies. Tried mealworms I don’t think they were interested. Will try some insects from my yard once the weather warms up

I have them near a radiator in my ant room. It’s important to give them a gradient as the queen is always in the coolest part of the nest. I would say it’s 85+ close to the radiator at least
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#151 Offline kiedeerk - Posted May 30 2024 - 4:29 PM

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Trachy are doing excellent. Fungus garden is exploding. You can now see large larva popping out everywhere. It is interesting how the fungus covers the brood fully almost.

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#152 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted May 30 2024 - 4:34 PM

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Completely in awe!


Currently keeping
-A. occidentalis
-B. patagonicus
-C. vicinus
-F. neogagates
-M. invidia
-Stennama spec..
I will want to also keep some other lasius types in the future.
You should also subscribe to my youtube channel! https://www.youtube.com/@AsdAnts

#153 Offline kiedeerk - Posted June 6 2024 - 2:29 AM

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Here are my Camponotus lineup: nearcticus x2, caryae, socius, castaneus, subbarbatus, chromaoides, pennsylvanicus

I really enjoy the founding stages to medium sized colony phase. Once a colony gets into the hundreds or thousands I loose some interest mainly because they become more of a hassle to feed and maintain. Maybe I am keeping too many colonies. I like the challenge to found different species but once I have succeeded in getting them to hundreds of workers I feel like the work is done and sometimes I move on to different more challenging species

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