ooper's Camponotus modoc colony (#2)

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ooper's Camponotus modoc colony (#2)

Post: # 1372Post ooper01
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:11 am

June 22, 2015
My daughter and her friend found this queen at work. They sent me a picture of it and asked if it was a queen. I told them it was and I drove over with a test tube setup. Luckily she had a test tube in her car that I had given her husband the night before :) I was really just kidding around when I offered them a test tube but he said he'd take it. She captured it and put it in the test tube until I could get there.
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Identified it as Camponotus modoc.
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Re: ooper's Camponotus modoc colony

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Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:18 am

August 3, 2015
Expecting nanitics very soon. This queen is about 15mm.
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Re: ooper's Camponotus modoc colony

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Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:54 pm

NikolaMladenovic wrote:Cool bro!! I really wanna keep camponotus but i don't know if they are native here in Sweden :cry:
Looks like you have a few Camponotus species to choose from in Sweden.

Scroll down to the species section of this page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ants_of_Sweden
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First nanitic arrives 10aug15

Post: # 2065Post ooper01
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:40 pm

The first nanitic arrived today! Very exciting :) Two more should arrive any day now.
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I also fed the queen her first bit of food today, a droplet of honey. She looked a little weak, stumbling a bit, so I thought it was time to feed her. She ate the honey droplet I gave her immediately.
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Re: ooper's Camponotus modoc colony

Post: # 2068Post WiseHollow
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:15 pm

She's looking good! Great pictures.

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Post: # 2097Post Mauritaniants
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:08 pm

Very nice!
I notice larger species tend to produce less eggs on their founding stage.
My camponotus sericeus had a total of about 6 eggs right now in her test tube while my solenopsis molesta had about 10 nanitic plus a few more.

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Re: ooper's Camponotus modoc colony

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Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:00 pm

Mauritaniants wrote:Very nice!
I notice larger species tend to produce less eggs on their founding stage.
My camponotus sericeus had a total of about 6 eggs right now in her test tube while my solenopsis molesta had about 10 nanitic plus a few more.
Yes I have noticed the same thing. My Monomorium minimum queens all have 10-12 nanitics from their initial egg production, while my two Camponotus modoc queens have 3.
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Re: ooper's Camponotus modoc colony (#2)

Post: # 2182Post ooper01
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:48 pm

I have been doing a quick check every day for the past week. Probably not the best practice, but too curious not to. I checked yesterday but still only one nanitic. I checked just now and see that a second one has eclosed, yay! I'll post more pix when all three have eclosed.
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Re: ooper's Camponotus modoc colony (#2)

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Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:56 pm

Jonathan21700 wrote:Check them once a week and they should get around 10 workers.
That's why she only has 3 pupae.
I will leave her alone for awhile here. Thanks for the advice!
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Re: ooper's Camponotus modoc colony (#2)

Post: # 3222Post ooper01
Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:02 pm

September 2, 2015
Queen and workers all healthy. The three pupae all emerged and the queen has laid 4 or 5 more eggs. I have the test tube connected to a small outworld and a Hybrid nest. It has been like this for 2 or 3 weeks now, but they have preferred the comfort of the test tube. The workers have explored the newly added areas, but decided to stay put. I'll just leave them alone. I'm not in a big hurry to have them move. The Hybrid nest has some sand and small wood chips/bark mixed in as a substrate.

I have been feeding them flies, potato bugs and honey. They have eaten all three things.
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