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Crystal's Camponotus novaeboracensis Journal

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#81 Offline FSTP - Posted December 20 2016 - 6:28 PM

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Good to see you posting Crystal. You were very influential in me starting to keep ants thanks to your youtube vids.


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#82 Offline MichiganAnts - Posted December 20 2016 - 7:40 PM

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love your journals!! I'm counting the days till my Camponotus Novas wake up and begin to grow like yours


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#83 Offline Nathant2131 - Posted December 21 2016 - 1:32 PM

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Wow this is a very fast growing colony for Camponotus! I must ask: What heating cable do you use and how do you use it? Does it simply run through one end of the formicarium?

#84 Offline Crystals - Posted December 21 2016 - 2:00 PM

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Wow this is a very fast growing colony for Camponotus! I must ask: What heating cable do you use and how do you use it? Does it simply run through one end of the formicarium?

It is a 15 watt heat cable and it simply runs under the nest in a straight line about 1/3 from the top of the formicarium. Roughly beneath the second row, where so many pupae are stored.

This allows for a temperature gradient, although I have noticed that the chamber the queen prefers is kept empty of brood (center chamber). I have several colonies on one heat cable since it is so long.


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#85 Offline Nathant2131 - Posted December 21 2016 - 2:30 PM

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Wow this is a very fast growing colony for Camponotus! I must ask: What heating cable do you use and how do you use it? Does it simply run through one end of the formicarium?

It is a 15 watt heat cable and it simply runs under the nest in a straight line about 1/3 from the top of the formicarium. Roughly beneath the second row, where so many pupae are stored.

This allows for a temperature gradient, although I have noticed that the chamber the queen prefers is kept empty of brood (center chamber). I have several colonies on one heat cable since it is so long.

 

Cool, thanks! can't wait for updates!  :D



#86 Offline Crystals - Posted January 1 2017 - 1:32 PM

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Just watched the first of the pupae eclosing.  The population boom has begun.


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#87 Offline T.C. - Posted January 1 2017 - 1:54 PM

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I caught a queen of this species over the summer, but she died in her test tube, which is really too bad and  am even sadder about it since i seen just how awesome mature colonies look. :(


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#88 Offline Nathant2131 - Posted March 17 2017 - 1:53 PM

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How are they doing now?



#89 Offline T.C. - Posted September 20 2017 - 9:57 AM

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Update would be cool. Also if you could, when you find time fix these photos please. :)


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#90 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted December 1 2017 - 12:53 PM

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I can't see the pictures!?:thinking::*(

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#91 Offline Crystals - Posted December 28 2017 - 9:26 AM

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I have moved and updated all of the pictures, so they should show now.

This colony is just about at the end of their hibernation, but something has happened and most of the workers have died off. The queen and some workers are still alive though.

I suspect it has to do with airflow since I had test tubes lightly sitting over top of the vinyl ends to prevent them from chewing their way out during hibernation.

This nest had been packed pretty full, and I had been ready to upgrade their nest, but they apparently needed more ventilation with so many inside.

Next time I will use steel mesh over the end of the vinyl tube.

I guess we will see how they do this year...


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#92 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted December 28 2017 - 5:42 PM

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YESSSSSSS! THANK YOU!

#93 Offline T.C. - Posted December 28 2017 - 10:59 PM

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Thanks for the picture update, I was looking forward to it. I hope my colony grows like yours. Unfortunate they had so many deaths.
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#94 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted April 5 2018 - 9:19 PM

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Update?

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#95 Offline dermy - Posted April 5 2018 - 10:02 PM

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Update?

Crystals isn't on much these days, hopefully we get another update when spring rolls around and everyone from NA gets back into antkeeping.



#96 Offline disasterants - Posted August 1 2018 - 11:24 AM

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quick question: what food do these species like besides fruit flies? i've got my colony up to about 10 workers and have been feeding them fruit flies but i'm running low on them and need to use my remaining fruit flies to start a new culture. so for the next week or 2 i will be fly-less. so what foods can i use as an alternative for the time-being? preferably a bug i can find outside or a food that i can find in my fridge or at the grocery store since the only pet store near me where i can buy flightless fruit flies is like 30 minutes away and i'm a kid who doesn't have much way of transport(or much cash either). also, I've got a pensylvanicus colony with a similar problem... so some things they like to preferably



#97 Offline Crystals - Posted August 1 2018 - 6:28 PM

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Update?

I recently sold this colony. As much as I liked them, they kept chewing the ends of the vinyl and were forever hanging out on the underside of the foraging area lid, making it tough to feed or clean.

 

I did manage to roll up a piece of steel mesh and stick it in the end to prevent the chewing:

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quick question: what food do these species like besides fruit flies? i've got my colony up to about 10 workers and have been feeding them fruit flies but i'm running low on them and need to use my remaining fruit flies to start a new culture. so for the next week or 2 i will be fly-less. so what foods can i use as an alternative for the time-being? preferably a bug i can find outside or a food that i can find in my fridge or at the grocery store since the only pet store near me where i can buy flightless fruit flies is like 30 minutes away and i'm a kid who doesn't have much way of transport(or much cash either). also, I've got a pensylvanicus colony with a similar problem... so some things they like to preferably

Basically any insect. Just freeze it first.

Crickets, mealworms, etc.


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#98 Offline TechAnt - Posted September 24 2020 - 11:37 AM

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Awesome journal, just read through it.


Edited by TechAnt, September 24 2020 - 11:38 AM.

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My Ants:
(x1) Campontous semitstaceus ~20 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Camponotus vicinus ~10 workers, 1 Queen (all black variety)
(x1) Tetramorium immigrans ~100 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Myrmercocystus mexicanus -1 Queen
(x2) Mymercocystus mimcus -1 Queen
(x1) Mymercocystus testaceus ~45 workers, 1 Queen

#99 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 24 2020 - 12:05 PM

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Awesome journal, just read through it.

I agree. One of the very few huge Camponotus colonies on here.
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#100 Offline Topgun757 - Posted January 23 2022 - 9:55 PM

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Wow, makes me even more excited for my novaeboracensis queen's nanitics to eclose!
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2x Camponotus novaeboracensis
1 Camponotus pensylvanicus
1 Teramorium immigrans
1 Lasius neoniger
Still getting over the loss of my Dolichoderus taschenbergii queen.





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