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Dspdrew's Camponotus fragilis Journal [200] (Discontinued 12-13-2021)

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#101 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 6 2019 - 11:12 PM

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How do you make the sand resin, or whatever is at the bottom of the starter formicariums?

 

Pour resin, then pour sand.



#102 Offline Broncos - Posted December 7 2019 - 6:12 AM

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#103 Offline Antman1556 - Posted April 12 2020 - 8:37 AM

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Update 6-13-2019
 

I only have one large colony of these now, and it's doing great. I counted about 500 or so workers.

 

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have you been controlling the population on this colony? I'm confused how you are only at 500 workers.  had 200+ workers first yea and now I'm entering their second season , i got her last summer 2019 with no workers just brood. we are entering spring of 2020 and the colony is 350+ workers with another 100 brood in progress. i estimate ill be at 1000 by the end of the summer.  I'm just trying to find out if you bound your colonies size by only feeding them less.


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#104 Offline nurbs - Posted April 12 2020 - 11:15 AM

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Comparing 1:1 doesn't mean anything, you need more samples. You can get a queen that produces 500 workers in the first season, and a queen that may only produce 100, when both colonies are given equal care. There are lots of variables.

 

If your colony is growing fast, congratulations. You got a good queen and you are a good antkeeper. Nothing for you to be confused about.

 

have you been controlling the population on this colony? I'm confused how you are only at 500 workers.  had 200+ workers first yea and now I'm entering their second season , i got her last summer 2019 with no workers just brood. we are entering spring of 2020 and the colony is 350+ workers with another 100 brood in progress. i estimate ill be at 1000 by the end of the summer.  I'm just trying to find out if you bound your colonies size by only feeding them less.

 


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#105 Offline Antman1556 - Posted April 13 2020 - 4:57 AM

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Wow 500 workers. Do we know what the typical wild colony size is?

camponotus should be 10000 roughly cap. i think



#106 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 13 2020 - 5:44 AM

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Wow 500 workers. Do we know what the typical wild colony size is?

camponotus should be 10000 roughly cap. i think

 

It varies by species. A lot of Camponotus can reach 50,000 and above.



#107 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 13 2020 - 6:21 AM

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I’ve heard 20,000 for C. pennsylvanicus.

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#108 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 13 2020 - 6:24 AM

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I’ve heard 20,000 for C. pennsylvanicus.


If I remember correctly, C. pennsylvanicus colonies can contain 40,000 workers.
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#109 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 13 2020 - 6:26 AM

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"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#110 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 13 2020 - 12:49 AM

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Update 5-13-2020
 

This colony is still doing great and has about 600 workers now.


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#111 Offline FSTP - Posted May 13 2020 - 2:28 AM

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I'm surprised it doesn't have more.



#112 Offline dspdrew - Posted August 4 2021 - 2:08 PM

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Update 8-4-2021
 

About 2 months ago I had noticed the queen was missing. I still have the colony and they are actually still producing a lot, but they are all males of course.

 

Even though they have been hard to find this season, I did find a few of these queens about a month ago, and so I will probably have another large colony of them.


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#113 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 13 2021 - 11:45 PM

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Update 12-13-2021
 

I didn't end up keeping any of the new colonies. I barely found any last season.


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#114 Offline Manitobant - Posted December 14 2021 - 10:14 AM

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#115 Offline antsriondel - Posted December 16 2021 - 8:35 AM

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The purge has begun…

yes. hope you get a new thriving colony!!!!!!!!! :D







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