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#1 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted December 26 2023 - 11:12 AM

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Update 1:

 

This is a Crematogaster sp. I've had for a couple months now. I hibernated her, then took her out at the same time as the Myrmica queen I also have a journal on. I thought she was infertile, as she didn't lay eggs for two whole months, but about 15 days ago she randomly decided to lay a massive clutch of eggs. She's doing really well now, and workers can't be that far off. 

 

This picture was taken on 12/22/2023.

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These pictures were taken on 12/26/2023.

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#2 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted December 26 2023 - 11:37 AM

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you’re so lucky! I really want any type of crematogaster queen/colony. I am getting an apheanogaster queen with a couple of workers soon though, anyways good luck with the queen!
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I will want to also keep some other lasius types in the future.
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#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 26 2023 - 1:31 PM

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Awesome! You can read my long running journal for info on keeping these.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#4 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted December 27 2023 - 6:12 PM

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Is growth this rapid normal? I was checking my Myrmica and noticed that she has tripled the amount of large larva you see in the pictures. I am heating them at a constant temperature of 80 Fahrenheit so maybe that’s why.
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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 28 2023 - 8:26 AM

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Crematogaster are some of the fastest growing ants around. This seems totally normal to me. Prepare yourself!
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#6 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted January 3 2024 - 3:39 PM

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I also have a lasius queen with late stage larva and pupae. Should I keep this journal as only a crematogaster one or add the lasius to make it a general journal?

#7 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted January 11 2024 - 12:24 PM

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Update 2: 

 

The pupae finally eclosed, and the first generation of nanitics came about 2-3 days before I took the photo you see below. After just one feeding, the egg pile has grown immensely, and about 4-5 more pupae are about to eclose. The current worker count is 6-7. Photo quality is worse because the workers are far too quick, and are often darting for the test tube exit the moment I open it for pictures.

 

 

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#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted January 11 2024 - 3:08 PM

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Reminds me of the good ol’ days with my colonies!
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#9 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted January 17 2024 - 9:58 AM

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Mini Update: 

Colony size increased to approximately 14 workers. I recorded a video of them enjoying honey and a mealworm pupae.

 


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#10 Offline Rrar - Posted January 18 2024 - 4:14 PM

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Nice video! I suppose you created a YouTube channel.


canada = boring!!!!!

I want attaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

also: Camponotus ca02 ( probably not possible though)


#11 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted January 21 2024 - 10:57 AM

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Nice video! I suppose you created a YouTube channel.

Yes, but only for purposes of remembering/archiving progress. I'm not gonna be another antscanada/lightscameraants clone.



#12 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted January 31 2024 - 12:42 PM

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Not posting pictures this time, worker count hasn't increased but the brood pile is immense. They've completely rejected all forms of humidity. They nest in a tube filled with wood shavings, and drink from the original test tube from time to time. Looking forward to making a proper wooden nest for them.



#13 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted January 31 2024 - 4:20 PM

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Not posting pictures this time, worker count hasn't increased but the brood pile is immense. They've completely rejected all forms of humidity. They nest in a tube filled with wood shavings, and drink from the original test tube from time to time. Looking forward to making a proper wooden nest for them.

The colony is really about to explode, make sure you make that nest out of hardwood. Crematogaster will chew through softwood.


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#14 Offline BleepingBleepers - Posted February 4 2024 - 9:15 PM

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I dunno much about the species hearing how fast they can grow, this is why I chose ants that grow a bit slower, but my ants are bigger and they take up more space so I gotta watch out.

 

Anyhow, good luck with your ants, very excited for you and wish you luck and success!


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#15 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted February 14 2024 - 12:49 PM

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Update:

Haven't updated in a bit. Its all smooth sailing, brood and larva are developing fast, about 25 workers or so, generally things aren't too different. Consider this the last post I make unless the colony is dead, or in a new wooden setup.

 

Should I add my Neoniger colony to this journal? If I do, I will change the title to be a more general journal.

 

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#16 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted March 11 2024 - 11:28 AM

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Consider this a status check, rather than a true update but the colony is doing great. Must be up to around 40-50 workers, and a massive brood pile. The nest is finished, albeit slightly cracked. It’s just a waiting game now.
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#17 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 11 2024 - 3:15 PM

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Start planning your containment strategy now!
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#18 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted March 11 2024 - 4:47 PM

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Start planning your containment strategy now!

Hope Crematogaster's nothing like my S invicta, or those workers will be digging escape holes through the cotton, or setting up elaborate tricks where they disappear into chambers deep in the cottonballs, and jump out once you open the test tube.


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#19 Offline michiganantsinmyyard - Posted March 13 2024 - 11:18 AM

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In my experience they don’t do much with cotton, but they are scarily strategic when it comes to escaping. If they know where you put food in, they will sit there and wait for you to put food before running out for an escape.

Start planning your containment strategy now!

Hope Crematogaster's nothing like my S invicta, or those workers will be digging escape holes through the cotton, or setting up elaborate tricks where they disappear into chambers deep in the cottonballs, and jump out once you open the test tube.





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