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Quadruple Camponotus queens (separate colonies)

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#1 Offline Antperson31 - Posted June 9 2024 - 1:11 PM



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Hello all, 


This journal is going to be about 4 Camponotus queens that I have caught, I am also new to ant keeping so any suggestions are appreciated.

Currently I believe 3 out of 4 of the Queens have brood in some stage with the one I's most hopeful for has at least one larvae. I do plan on giving these colonies their own separate journals if they make past the founding stage, which I definitely hope they do. I currently have them in test tube setups covered with tinfoil to block the light, I also have a heat cable over all of their setups to help them develop quicker (as I have heard Camponotus develop quite slowly) the Heat cable also helps them stay warm in my Basement which is quite cold. I believe they are Noveborancensis due to the kind of red abdomens although I am not completely sure (Here is the Ant ID request if you're interested https://www.formicul...pm/#entry239668). Anyways, for now that's all but I'll make sure to update this sometime late next week when I check in on them again.



Note: first two images are of the first queen third is of the second, fourth is of the third and so on.




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Edited by Antperson31, June 9 2024 - 1:13 PM.

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#2 Offline Stubyvast - Posted June 10 2024 - 6:33 PM


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Nice! Looks like C. Modoc, although not sure. Hope they get past the founding stage! If you're sorta new to ant keeping, I'll give you some tips:


A. Keep them moisturized. Test tube set-up is great.

B. Once the first workers arrive, connect the test tube to an outworld so they can forage. It doesn't have to be too small, just big enough for them to wander around a bit. Keep the outworld dry so they don't nest in it. 

C. Camponotus are usually fully claustral, meaning they rely on muscle tissue (and, fun fact, some parts of their brain) to feed their larvae. You won't need to feed her until the first workers, who are called nanitics, arrive. 

E. Camponotus brood typically take around a month and a half in ideal conditions to grow to full worker. Don't worry too much if they seem to take a long time. 


I dunno if you know that stuff or not, just putting it out there in case you wanted to know anything.

Good luck!

Currently raising: 

Myrmica Rubra

Camponotus Modoc

Lasius Niger

Formica Obscuripes + Formica Pacifica Host 

"In many environments, take away the ants and there would be partial collapses in many of the land ecosystems."

- E. O. Wilson



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