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Dspdrew's Camponotus vicinus Journal [145] (Updated 12-4-2023)

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#41 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 4 2015 - 9:13 PM

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Update 6-4-2015

 

The older colony finally has three new eggs. :) It's interesting that this happened a couple days after boosting them, and the same thing happened to my C. sansabeanus colony as well.



#42 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 15 2015 - 11:14 AM

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Update 7-15-2015

 

Most of the queens I found at the end of May got their first workers a couple days ago.

 

Here's one of the all-black ones and her first worker.

 

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#43 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 17 2016 - 9:24 PM

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Update 1-17-2016
 
Most of the new queens I found in 2015 turned out to be duds. I have two red-and-black colonies with a few workers, but all the all-black colonies are still either just queens, or a queen and one worker. My original red-and-black colony is still alive, but not doing much. Right now they have six workers, one being an all-black C. vicinus major, and another a C. semitestaceus minor.
 
A couple days ago I put them all into hibernation in my new "hibernation cabinet".
 
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#44 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 4 2016 - 10:52 PM

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Update 4-4-2016

 

I took these out of hibernation last week. It doesn't look like any of the colonies lost any workers.



#45 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 10 2016 - 5:23 PM

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Update 5-10-2016

 

One of the colonies I have in the little test tube containers just laid a small pile of eggs today. :)



#46 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 16 2016 - 11:08 PM

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Update 5-17-2016

 

I just found two more of these queens in Angelus Oaks, CA, on 5-12-2016. I found one in Mt. Baldy two weeks ago, but it's looking like a dud already. Nothing else has changed with the older queens/colonies.



#47 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 5 2016 - 10:41 PM

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Update 8-5-2016

 

I found a few more of these queens a while back, and now have a few new colonies that are pretty good so far. I don't have anymore of the all-black variety.



#48 Offline sgheaton - Posted August 11 2016 - 5:28 AM

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Are your pictures just very clear or are those ants on the larger side??


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#49 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 11 2016 - 6:09 AM

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These are a large Camponotus.



#50 Offline dspdrew - Posted November 22 2016 - 12:54 AM

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Update 11-20-2016

 

At this point, the only colonies that seem to be doing okay are three of the new ones I found this year. The worker count of those three colonies is six, seven, and eight. I just put these all in hibernation.



#51 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 13 2017 - 4:36 PM

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Simply amazing :)



#52 Offline dspdrew - Posted March 16 2017 - 1:03 AM

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Update 3-16-2017

 

I just took these colonies out of hibernation today. One of them lost quite a few workers. The other two are okay. The worker count now is zero, zero, seven, and nine.

 

I also just found two more of these queens on 3-10-2017 and 3-11-2017, up at Chaney Trail in Altadena, CA. They both look a little smaller than usual.



#53 Offline nurbs - Posted March 16 2017 - 2:03 AM

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Update 3-16-2017

 

I just took these colonies out of hibernation today. One of them lost quite a few workers. The other two are okay. The worker count now is zero, zero, seven, and nine.

 

I also just found two more of these queens on 3-10-2017 and 3-11-2017, up at Chaney Trail in Altadena, CA. They both look a little smaller than usual.

 

Noticed the same thing. The C. vicinus I found at Chaney (both red/black and all black variety) are a few mm smaller than the ones I currently have. At first I wasn't even sure if the all black were C. vicinus given how shiny they were.


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#54 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 27 2017 - 11:47 PM

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Update 4-28-2017

I just found a bunch more of these queens April 21 and 22 in Mount Baldy.



#55 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 13 2018 - 10:16 AM

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Update 1-13-2018

All of these queens started nice little colonies at first, but then slowly died off as usual. I even tried moving them out of the warm room they were in, and into the air conditioned area of my apartment, but it didn't seem to help. It's weird how well some of the colonies I have sold to people have done; I just can't seem to get the mountain Camponotus to do well myself. I now only have a couple of these left. I just now put them into hibernation for the winter.



#56 Offline nurbs - Posted January 13 2018 - 11:19 AM

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Update 1-13-2018

All of these queens started nice little colonies at first, but then slowly died off as usual. I even tried moving them out of the warm room they were in, and into the air conditioned area of my apartment, but it didn't seem to help. It's weird how well some of the colonies I have sold to people have done; I just can't seem to get the mountain Camponotus to do well myself. I now only have a couple of these left. I just now put them into hibernation for the winter.

 

They need some Nurbs lovin!


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#57 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted March 29 2018 - 5:50 PM

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#58 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 8 2018 - 9:55 PM

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Update 6-8-2018

I just took these out of hibernation about a week ago. All the colonies are still very small.

 

I also just found a few more all-black C. vicinus queens in Angelus Oaks, CA again on 5-28-2018, during a slight heatwave.



#59 Offline Rstheant - Posted October 28 2018 - 9:41 AM

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#60 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 3 2018 - 6:01 AM

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Update 12-3-2018

These are all dead now.







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