Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

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JustinCredible
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Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 33374Post JustinCredible
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:03 pm

Hi all,
5 days ago a queen was found my backpack while unpacking from a trip.
I don't have any equipment so just used a container and put her in it with some soil and bits of tree bark.
After 3 days things started to mould so, I took all the soil out and put her and a new piece of bark in.
The next day she laid 4 eggs! Then another 2 today.
I'm super excited.

I can start to see mould forming on the bark but I don't want to disturb her in case she easts her eggs or get stressed etc.
Any ideas?

Here she is with her tiny egg pile
https://flic.kr/p/239eDtW

JustinCredible
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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 33403Post JustinCredible
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:48 pm

Today i checked the queen and found that,

1. No mould! That's great because i didn't do anything after removing the soil etc.

2. She has more eggs! It's hard to count because they are soo small and in clumps. I would guess 10+

Very excited!
This will be their new home once the colony is 25 workers +?

https://flic.kr/p/22bbB7q

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antnest8
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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 33423Post antnest8
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:40 pm

wow! that is like a awesome dirt setup, like the Hacienda Del Dorado kind of awesome if only i could give my ants that kind of space :D (share the room with my brother)
keeper of
2 lasius umbratus/neoniger colony
1 queen colony of prenolepis
3 C. pennsylvanicus
3 C novaeboracensis
1 Myrmica queen
1 tapinoma sessile colony

JustinCredible
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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 33525Post JustinCredible
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:52 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:40 pm
wow! that is like an awesome dirt setup, like the Hacienda Del Dorado kind of awesome if only i could give my ants that kind of space :D (share the room with my brother)
That was my inspiration.

So, it looks like she has doubled her egg pile, what a machine. I really can't wait to see workers.
When should i start putting food in there?

Here is her pile
https://flic.kr/p/DKbb6p

JustinCredible
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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 33919Post JustinCredible
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:42 pm

I kinda forgot about my queen and had a look the other day and we have larvae! I'm super excited!

Herer is the pile 😁
https://flic.kr/p/24eKxsZ

The terrarium has grown a lot too, I'm kinda worried about how dense its getting and flies and bugs are starting to make it him so i got some carnivorous plants to take care of that. Hopefully when the ants move in they don't get eaten.

Here is the terrarium when it started:
https://flic.kr/p/22bbB7q

And here it is now:
https://flic.kr/p/EzL6EK

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Jadeninja9
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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 33925Post Jadeninja9
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:37 am

Can you get a better image of the queen so we can identify her?
Keeper of:
1x Camponotus Hyatti
7x Lasius alienus colonies

Founding:
1x Prenolepis imparis queen
1x Tetramorium immigrans
1x Camponotus cf. clarithorax

JustinCredible
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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 33930Post JustinCredible
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:45 am

Jadeninja9 wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:37 am
Can you get a better image of the queen so we can identify her?
I will try but the container isn't super clear.

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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 33931Post Jadeninja9
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:50 am

cool
Keeper of:
1x Camponotus Hyatti
7x Lasius alienus colonies

Founding:
1x Prenolepis imparis queen
1x Tetramorium immigrans
1x Camponotus cf. clarithorax

JustinCredible
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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 34904Post JustinCredible
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:20 pm

Woah!
I went on holiday for a couple weeks and when I got back there was a surprise waiting.

I went away 4 weeks ago and at that point, there were no workers but a bunch of brood. I put some crushed meal worm in there just because I was going to be away for 2 weeks and the queen hadn't had anything to eat since being caught.
Away I went for some relaxation.

Coming home, the very first thing I did was check the Queen and... WOAH! 3 workers!!!
The queen wasn't looking good though, lethargic and barely moving. I removed the food plate which was completely empty and replaced it with a drop of honey and a tiny bit of mealworm. I wish I took some photos! I saw the workers move towards the food almost instantly and then they would go back and feed the queen and after a few minutes, the queen was moving as normal again.

So, I tried to take another photo of the queen and I think it might be the best I'm going to get. Would be cool if the species could be confirmed.

Here it is:
https://flic.kr/p/25UpuAp

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Re: Camponotus or Iridomyrmex colony.

Post: # 34909Post Hitch3
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:29 am

Nice set up! Update this journal more regularly!

Oh and they are definitely Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
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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