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1sttimeantfarm
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Location: Orleans Ontario Canada

1st Time Ant Farming

Post: # 22938Post 1sttimeantfarm
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:23 pm

I could not have done any of this without AntsCanada tutorials, so first and foremost, thank you.
In every way I succeed is how I was taught, and in any ways I fail, I learn.
I have four (4) camponotus queens.
Two of them were caught with wings and broke their wings off in the tubes shortly after. One of these I've had since June 8th (1st of these 4) and has 5 eggs. The second that broke it's wings off (3rd of my 4) appears to be cleaning an egg.
My second was caught on June 8th, the third on June 11th and the fourth on June 12th.
The second and fourth were caught without wings, seem ok but no eggs.
I have posted in the identification section for specific species but the more opinions the better. Given I have at least two queens with eggs I will be selling at least one. They are all at minimum camponotus so will take some time.
I'm so glad I did it this way because I can't explain my joy at seeing those first wings come off. (What we know as a good sign.)
Seeing those eggs being cared for.
Here are my pics of queens 1-4. 1 has 5 eggs and 3 is cleaning one.
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I am keeping a record of all my queens and where they go or end up.
Thank you all for this opportunity and understanding.
These are all in the 2cm range. (18 mm to 23mm) They were all caught this week in Ottawa ON, Canada
Criss Pilon

Founding four camponotus queens, two tetramorium queens and one formica.
Five have eggs. 3-4 have larvae.
#lifeisajourney

AntsOfKentucky
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Re: 1st Time Ant Farming

Post: # 23085Post AntsOfKentucky
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:54 am

Heya Criss, some good looking queens you have there. AntsCanada was a life saver for me to. Honestly I would have never thought about using a test tube until I saw the YouTube vid. Well glad to have you here and hopefully we can all learn something new from one another in the future.

1sttimeantfarm
Posts: 43
Joined: Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:41 pm
Location: Orleans Ontario Canada

Re: 1st Time Ant Farming

Post: # 24295Post 1sttimeantfarm
Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:38 pm

Thank you AntsofKentucky.
Just posting an update on 5 of my queens. The first two camponotus were caught June 12th and the following two camponotus were caught the following week. The tetramorium was caught yesterday.
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Criss Pilon

Founding four camponotus queens, two tetramorium queens and one formica.
Five have eggs. 3-4 have larvae.
#lifeisajourney

1sttimeantfarm
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Joined: Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:41 pm
Location: Orleans Ontario Canada

Re: 1st Time Ant Farming

Post: # 24976Post 1sttimeantfarm
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:16 pm

I'm mostly looking to see if any here look like nanatic pupae. Camponotus 2cm long caught about a month ago. Any further identification welcome as well.
Thank you all.
Queen #1
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Queen #3
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Grateful member of the AntsCanada family,
and hopeful soon to be GAN farmer.
(just waiting on the first workers)
:)
Criss Pilon

Founding four camponotus queens, two tetramorium queens and one formica.
Five have eggs. 3-4 have larvae.
#lifeisajourney

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Nathant
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Re: 1st Time Ant Farming

Post: # 25214Post Nathant
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:37 pm

All of the Camponotus queens pictured are Camponotus novaeboracensis. Congrats, I have 3 small colonies of this species myself. :)

1sttimeantfarm
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Location: Orleans Ontario Canada

Re: 1st Time Ant Farming

Post: # 25812Post 1sttimeantfarm
Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:56 pm

Thank you. They will be the first kind I keep.
Criss Pilon

Founding four camponotus queens, two tetramorium queens and one formica.
Five have eggs. 3-4 have larvae.
#lifeisajourney

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Hikari
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Location: NE Ohio

Re: 1st Time Ant Farming

Post: # 25836Post Hikari
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:52 pm

Lovely queens. Hoping I can get a hold of this species someday myself.
Keeper of one lazy Basset Hound, a stubborn corn snake, several fish and bettas, and Maya the C. pennsylvanicus queen (among others).

DrDramaticElk1
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Re: 1st Time Ant Farming

Post: # 27114Post DrDramaticElk1
Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:29 pm

pretty camponotus noveboracensis queen :P
keeper (hopefully) of camponotus :D

AntsOnTheCoast
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Re: 1st Time Ant Farming

Post: # 27152Post AntsOnTheCoast
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:15 am

Post an update when the nanitics arrive ;D

These little guys (girls) are going to have an epic future ahead of them.

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