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Norway! I found my first queen and I am kind of clueles

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Best Answer Mettcollsuss , May 26 2024 - 1:35 PM

Camponotus ligniperda 

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#1 Offline mads220 - Posted May 26 2024 - 12:06 PM

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I lifted the biggest rock i have ever seen and there she was! I was beginning to thing about destroying a nest to get one but this little quickie was already in the grass it was just luck i had a chance! But when i did see my first queen in the wild i have gotten extatic!

 

I tried all last year and have been very active this year! So can someone tell me what species is it? Is the workers very small or pretty  big? The normal ones not the first ones... can they get majors? 

 

I am going to be taking care of her like a  baby! (Mostly leave her alone?)

 

How often do you check on your queens after you got them in a test tube setup? (Could not find any tubes)

When do i change tube? I should just let her be for how long? Without giving any food? Is it a hard species for a first timer?

 

Sorry i got very hyped :D Thanks for all answers in advance!!!

 

//MADS!!!!

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#2 Offline 1tsm3jack - Posted May 26 2024 - 12:42 PM

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Looks like you got a Camponotus Vagus queen but don't quote me on that I'm not from Norway.



#3 Offline mads220 - Posted May 26 2024 - 1:01 PM

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Looks like you got a Camponotus Vagus queen but don't quote me on that I'm not from Norway.

Okay yeah the queen looks like that! So it's a pretty small spieces of ants? IF it is the one we think ?



#4 Offline 1tsm3jack - Posted May 26 2024 - 1:10 PM

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Looks like you got a Camponotus Vagus queen but don't quote me on that I'm not from Norway.

Okay yeah the queen looks like that! So it's a pretty small spieces of ants? IF it is the one we think ?

 

No not really they are actually pretty  big I think workers up to 16mm with an established colony, unless you are talking about colony size in which case yes their colonies stay pretty small compared to other ants, between 1-4,000 up to 10,000 in a really healthy colony.


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#5 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted May 26 2024 - 1:35 PM   Best Answer

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Camponotus ligniperda 


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#6 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted May 26 2024 - 1:37 PM

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I second C.ligniperda


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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

  

 

 


#7 Offline 1tsm3jack - Posted May 26 2024 - 1:38 PM

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Like I said don't quote me on that almost everyone else in this forum is better at ant ID than me lol



#8 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted May 26 2024 - 1:41 PM

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And yes they have majors. I check  up on my founding queens every 2-3 weeks. You do not need to feed this queen until she gets her first workers.


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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

  

 

 


#9 Offline mads220 - Posted May 26 2024 - 3:33 PM

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Camponotus ligniperda 

 

Yeah i found it under a huge rock in dirt!

So i should probably make a space for them where they can dig when the colony is big enough to  move out of the test tube?


 

 

Looks like you got a Camponotus Vagus queen but don't quote me on that I'm not from Norway.

Okay yeah the queen looks like that! So it's a pretty small spieces of ants? IF it is the one we think ?

 

No not really they are actually pretty  big I think workers up to 16mm with an established colony, unless you are talking about colony size in which case yes their colonies stay pretty small compared to other ants, between 1-4,000 up to 10,000 in a really healthy colony.

 

Òh [censored], those ants are easy to maintain and grow fast as well don't they?



#10 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted May 26 2024 - 3:46 PM

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They are fairly easy to keep but they are slow growers but they will pick up as they get bigger.


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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

  

 

 


#11 Offline mads220 - Posted May 27 2024 - 2:18 AM

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And yes they have majors. I check  up on my founding queens every 2-3 weeks. You do not need to feed this queen until she gets her first workers.

 

Okay, Thanks for that! And the first workers are months away no?



#12 Offline AsdinAnts - Posted May 27 2024 - 2:51 AM

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around 2-3.

If you want to speed up the process, you should heat them.


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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.
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#13 Offline Stubyvast - Posted May 27 2024 - 5:48 PM

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Yeah I mean these will probably take about two months or so to develop in good conditions. Heating would be nice. Also you could feed her a drop of honey to boost her if you want. Once she hits about 50 workers I believe she will start laying like crazy and the colony will grow super fast.


Currently raising: 

Myrmica Rubra (polygynous 2 queen + brood)

Camponotus Modoc (single queen + brood)

Camponotus Vicinus (two single queens + brood)

Lasius Niger (single queen + ~60+ workers)

Tetramorium immigrans (single queen)

Temporarily keeping IdioticMouse26's ants/tarantula until August 12th as he is away. Thanks IM26!

 

 


#14 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted May 28 2024 - 5:41 AM

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Camponotus. They’ll grow slowly unless you heat them. Quite a good beginner species- easy to raise. She has majors and could have repletes (workers who store large amounts of food in their abdomens.)
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