Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

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JustinCredible
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Location: Tasmania

Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 34910Post JustinCredible
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:39 am

Awesome! thank you.

I will be updating every time something happens or if I need help/advice.
I see you have 2 queens of the same species. Any tips etc?

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antnest8
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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 34928Post antnest8
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:33 pm

can't wait until they can move into the giant terrarium
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 34933Post Hitch3
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:58 pm

JustinCredible wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:39 am
Awesome! thank you.

I will be updating every time something happens or if I need help/advice.
I see you have 2 queens of the same species. Any tips etc?
Well, they are pretty easy to care for, they grow fast, and are a very common species in Australia.

At this stage, I would feed them with a cricket leg and a cotton ball soaked in honey, although I feed one of my (2 workers) colony straight honey and they never seem to drown like pheidole and other smaller species.

They should be kept in the test tube unti they start to fill it up. However, I moved a twenty Worker colony into an ants Australia size 1 formacarium, and they are thriving, despite the nest being triple their nesting space needed. They are not *hugely* affected by large nests.

Also, Iridomyrmex Bicknelli prefer are dryer nest than usual.

That’s about it. Oh, and if you got a good queen, you may easily have 800+ workers in six months, :shock: but that is at optimal temperature and humidity.

Cheers!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvjcyJWitRSztq51HziS0Dg

Keeping:
2x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
2 x Nylanderia sp
Camponotus Consobrinus
Pheidole sp
Rhytidoponera metallica

Founding:
Pheidole sp
2x Cremogaster
12x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
Polyarhis sp

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