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Re: KSkuroooari's Camponotus laevigatus + modoc Journal

Post: # 29608Post AqdasHassaan
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:47 pm

me neither.
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Post: # 29609Post KSkuroooari
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:53 pm

AqdasHassaan wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:47 pm
me neither.
Haha. Great. 😝 Thanks, you guys, for letting me know ... but then how did Batspiderfish identify my ants' species if he couldn't see the pictures in my ID request post either: http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=4127?
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Post: # 29623Post KSkuroooari
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:43 pm

Jadeninja9 as well as AgdasHassaan were both kind enough to inform me that my photos were not showing up from Google Photos, so I have uploaded photos to an album on Imgur ... http://imgur.com/a/T9abm. Please let me know if there are still issues. Thanks! 😁
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Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:20 pm

KSkuroooari wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:43 pm
Jadeninja9 as well as AgdasHassaan were both kind enough to inform me that my photos were not showing up from Google Photos, so I have uploaded photos to an album on Imgur ... http://imgur.com/a/T9abm. Please let me know if there are still issues. Thanks! 😁
We see them now! I think the easiest way to display photo's with imgur is:
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QUEENS IN FOUNDING //
- (13 Queens) Solonopsis Molesta
COLONIES //
- (3 Queens) Prenelopis Imparis

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Re: KSkuroooari's Camponotus laevigatus + modoc Journal

Post: # 29667Post AqdasHassaan
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:27 pm

I can see them now clear as ever. Nice findings. Good Luck. ;) ;)
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Post: # 29710Post KSkuroooari
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:02 pm

So our tubing arrived earlier than we thought so we were able to introduce Queen #1 and #2 to their new foraging areas a day earlier than expected.

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A worker from Queen#1's brood out exploring. It only took them about ten minutes to leave the safety of the test tube.

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A worker from Queen #2'a brood went straight for the honey, instead.

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Post: # 29750Post KSkuroooari
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:36 am

So I thought I'd post a quick supplies list of what we used to make our ants' foraging area.

We used these containers (I liked how the corners were slightly rounded): https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00P9QVOS2/ref=pd_aw_sim_201_of_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=46JEB4VDWSB41DWXJ1KG

We bought the grout from Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Custom-Building-Products-Polyblend-156-Fawn-10-lb-Non-Sanded-Grout-PBG15610/100578699

The sand and the pebbles, we already had on hand as I use them to repot my houseplants. They're from Petco: https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/imagitarium-white-aquarium-sand and https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/product/fish/fish-tank-sand-gravel-substrate/imagitarium-river-rock-shallow-creek-aquarium-gravel

The tubing is food-grade: https://www.amazon.com/Tubing-Grade-Approved-Proper-Pour/dp/B01CGVJ9QG/ref=nav_ya_signin?ie=UTF8&qid=1502858084&sr=8-1&keywords=7/16%22+tubing+food+grade&

And lastly, the plant decorations we found on our property. They're twigs with wolf lichen on it. I soaked them in a 50/50 solution of 91% rubbing alcohol and water to hopefully kill any mites, parasites, etc. that might be on it and then let them dry for a couple of days.
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Post: # 30058Post KSkuroooari
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:41 am

So a recap of the past week. Recently, on another thread, I've been discussing how Queen #2 had moved her brood into the tube that connects that outworld to the test tube. You can read it here: http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?p=29827#p29827.

This morning, we woke up to find that Queen #2 has fully moved out of the founding chamber and has made a home under the piece of wood in her foraging area. We've taken the opportunity to replace her old test tube even though there was only a little bit of yellowing and mold. It didn't seem completely bad but there must've been something about that she didn't like. We're wondering if it was too cold? Maybe we'll set the test tube atop a small towel, now, to help insulate it.

For now, we've decided to leave her be. If she moves into the new test tube that would be great. If she doesn't, oh well. I considered removing the piece of wood, but ultimately, we really don't want to disturb her and force her to do anything. Would anyone know of any pros/cons of letting her live in the outworld?

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Here is Queen #1 and her brood at its current stage. I apologize for the grainy iPhone quality. I was too lazy to use the DSLR. She has three workers, two pupae and about 7-8 eggs and larvae.

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They have used the crumbled pieces of baby powder/rubbing alcohol that have fallen from the barrier to create a barricade. We've been debating whether or not to remove it and give them a bit of loose sand to use instead.
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Post: # 30382Post Gavinthesheep1234567
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:15 pm

Keep s posted
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Re: KSkuroooari's Camponotus laevigatus + modoc Journal

Post: # 30384Post KSkuroooari
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:23 pm

KSkuroooari wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:16 am

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Queen #3 is also a C. modoc. She was found roaming around inside our house, about week after we found the other two. So far, she is the "runt" of the three. Her eggs only pupated about a week ago. She spends most of her time staying directly over them.

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In our very first journal post, I realized that I had accidentally written that Queen #3's eggs had pupated but in fact, they had only become larvae. It has already been almost a month and they still haven't pupated yet. πŸ˜“
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