Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

Post: # 18939Post Cale3459
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:35 pm

They would be pretty exposed if they did. It's kind of like an open cave there really isn't any getting underneath it. I would be more concerned with them moving into the tubes running through the grout. My queen is pretty stubborn about moving though so I'm really not worried about her moving out of the nest.
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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

Post: # 19003Post Cale3459
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:27 pm

Today's experiment: strawberry, raspberry, or blackberry? Since the absolutely refuse apple (which I always have in my house).
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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

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Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:27 pm

Came home from a weekend out of town and the ants had eaten all the fruit and the cricket I left out for them! Also I had two Asian beetles crash in my outworld that the colony then got ahold of. In case you are wondering this is bad for ants. I had to watch one spasm and die for messing with the beetles. Fortunately I was able to lift the glass and get the beetles before anymore ants died.
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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

Post: # 19238Post xTNxANTMANx
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:40 am

Oh man, with not many workers, I know that had to make ya feel bad. To bad there's not an "Ant-Vet" for times like that lol. I really like keeping track of this journal btw.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2
Pheidole sp. x3
Tetramorium immigrans x2
Unknown sp.

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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

Post: # 19241Post Martialis
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:22 am

I'm curious- what do you mean by Asian beetles?
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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

Post: # 19245Post Cale3459
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:05 pm

Martialis wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:22 am
I'm curious- what do you mean by Asian beetles?
The invasive species that look like lady bugs but are not lady bugs. We get huge swarms of them here in Illinois during the fall trying to get inside for the winter to where entire sides of houses are covered. They bite, they have a nasty odor, they leave a residue behind wherever they go, and they supposedly taste bad due to the oil they secrete so nothing can eat them. The ones that got inside for the winter are now becoming active again trying to leave the house.
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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

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Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:30 pm

Here is a wiki article about them if you are curious.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonia_axyridis
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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

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Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:33 pm

xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:40 am
Oh man, with not many workers, I know that had to make ya feel bad. To bad there's not an "Ant-Vet" for times like that lol. I really like keeping track of this journal btw.
Yeah, after the beetle incident I am down to 10 workers now. I think I am going to attempt to brood boost this colony due to the struggle they have had. Thanks for the support, I really enjoy sharing updates with everyone. I hope that it inspires others that either don't have a colony yet or are just starting one. Hopefully they can learn things from my journal as well.
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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

Post: # 19250Post xTNxANTMANx
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:39 pm

This species is the number 1 I want to keep. I love their color and size and they are big enough that with my mag. glass (10x) I'd be able to see sooo much detail. I can even see great detail on my Tapinoma colony and they are tiny so I can't wait till I get this sp. If you do brood boost, be sure to let us know how it goes plz :-)!
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2
Pheidole sp. x3
Tetramorium immigrans x2
Unknown sp.

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Re: Cale's Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

Post: # 19288Post Cale3459
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:24 pm

Despite their hardship due to the Asian beetles I still have a nice stash of eggs. The pupae in the second picture are just shells (they don't seem too keen on keeping a clean nest. Third picture has two pupae developing.
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