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C. nercticus mystery

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#1 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted August 16 2017 - 4:05 AM

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So a month or two back I caught a C. nearcticus queen. For the first week or so she didn't lay any eggs. in fact, I noticed the first sign of offspring as a small larvae that appeared about a month after capture. I just checked on her and has a small pile of 3-4 eggs and larvae and 1 pupa, which she keeps separate from the rest. Now this isn't the weird part. Everyone knows that Camponotus pupae spin cocoons. Except this pupae is naked. It has no cocoon. I may be wrong about specific species, but it's definitely some species of Camponotus. She has the signature thorax shape of a carpenter ant queen. If someone could try to explain this, I would be grateful. Thank you.



#2 Offline skocko76 - Posted August 21 2017 - 10:57 AM

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This may sound stupid, but maybe the pupa is dead? Has there been development?
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#3 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted August 22 2017 - 3:54 AM

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This may sound stupid, but maybe the pupa is dead? Has there been development?


No,it's alive. It's gone from plain white to an eye appearing.

#4 Offline Flame.Hyped - Posted September 14 2017 - 12:48 PM

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I have Camponotus nearcticus as well, sometimes they just get naked pupae. I don't know why

#5 Offline ultraex2 - Posted September 14 2017 - 1:09 PM

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It should be fine - I had a colony of Formica that had pupae that didn't spin cocoons and after looking it up other ant keepers sometimes recorded it.  I think that some people were thinking that it could be related to their being a lack of substrate - when there is no dirt, sand, etc. then there's a greater chance they won't spin cocoons vs. creating them.







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