Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 20580Post xTNxANTMANx
Wed May 03, 2017 2:36 pm

I tried to take a few pictures this morning before work and to my surprise we have yet another new worker. :D Which now brings the total to 9. I'm so happy and as you can tell in this first picture I think I'll have a lot more workers to come by the time hibernation hits this year...
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In this next picture you can see one of the new workers right above the queen. You can tell how clear and pale gastor still is...
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And with these last two I took just to show them all. I underlined two of the workers in the first picture just because they're hard to make out. The second picture you can see the other two dining on some fresh maple syrup...
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I am extremely happy with this colony so far. This is my very first colony so I'm hoping all goes well in the years to come. Ill update as often as I can. Next time I'll show some pictures of both colonies I have of this species... if I remember that is :-) I am also working on trying to get a better camera. My phone takes all my pictures right now but I don't really like the quality. I hope you guys enjoyed the pictures.
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Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 20799Post xTNxANTMANx
Mon May 08, 2017 2:26 pm

Okay so it's been a few days since my last post and if I count it right before I left for work approximately 30 minutes ago this Colony now has 13 workers. I'm extremely happy with his colony. They're doing so good. So much better than I expected anyways. Every time I happen to look into the test tube it seems there's at least one new worker and the pile of brood is not getting any smaller LOL. I'm hoping everything goes well enough where I can move them into a hybrid Nest this year. But I'm one thing at least 30 workers before I do. I'll wait to post pictures until around the 15 worker mark.
Also my other colony that has three workers I noticed yesterday also have a few pupae now. So I should be expecting some new workers with them here shortly.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 21174Post xTNxANTMANx
Sun May 14, 2017 7:16 pm

I'm going to have to keep this short because my lunch break at work is almost over but we are now up to 16 workers :-). I tried to get a picture with them all together as best as I could. I had to mark where 2 of the workers are cuz it was hard to tell by the picture. I also got a pretty decent picture of two of the workers exchanging food. I was really happy about that picture as well. Hope you guys like the pictures and the update.
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Here they are exchanging food....
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Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

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Location: Indiana

Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 21177Post Martialis
Sun May 14, 2017 8:08 pm

Just caught one of these today. Nice colonies!
Keeper of

Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 21186Post xTNxANTMANx
Sun May 14, 2017 8:53 pm

Martialis wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 8:08 pm
Just caught one of these today. Nice colonies!
Thank you. I have two Camponotus pennsylvanicus queens but I really like the coloration on these Camponotus. They are smaller but they are absolutely beautiful. I just had my first 2 AC test tube portals to come in Friday and boy do they help so much. Damn good design. My homemade portals work just as good but their appearance isn't as good LOL. The portals are so helpful these colonies still being small. This is my biggest colony though of Camponotus that is. I really hope I can get 30 workers this year and be able to move them into a formicarium. I want to make sure I have enough workers though because I want this colony to prosper. Also thank you for commenting in my journal :-). It's nice to know someone has been looking at it LOL
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 21218Post AntsAreAwesome
Mon May 15, 2017 4:04 pm

They are very beautiful. Do you have a journal of your aphaenogaster? I love carpenters and all but another person in my house has them so I don't get to excited over them. Very beautiful colony though. :)

Also, I have been looking for a carpenter queen for a while and haven't found any. So I wanted to ask how, what time of day, and where did you catch her?
Keeper of:
2x Solenopsis invicta (1x founding)
4x Brachymyrmex patagonicus (4x founding)
1x Pheidole Sp. (1x founding)

Past Colonies:
2x Brachymymex
30x Solenopsis invicta (never catch that many it was a mistake ;) )

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Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 21219Post xTNxANTMANx
Mon May 15, 2017 5:12 pm

I have found all of my Camponotus during the afternoon or right after it gets dark up until about 10 or 11 p.m. Also most of the ones I have found have been by opening rotten logs but you have to be careful doing so and not try to disturb any mature or established colonies. And I did start a journal for my Aphaenogaster colony but they seem to be kind of difficult to take care of. They take protein sources very easily but when it comes to sugars I've tried so many different things and it's like they don't take any. They are still growing though but they just don't look as healthy as a couple of the wild colonies I see outside of my house.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

AntsAreAwesome
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Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:26 pm

Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 21225Post AntsAreAwesome
Mon May 15, 2017 7:39 pm

Ah, ok. I look forward to seeing more posts!😄
Keeper of:
2x Solenopsis invicta (1x founding)
4x Brachymyrmex patagonicus (4x founding)
1x Pheidole Sp. (1x founding)

Past Colonies:
2x Brachymymex
30x Solenopsis invicta (never catch that many it was a mistake ;) )

xTNxANTMANx
Posts: 392
Joined: Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:03 am
Location: Western Tennessee

Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 21712Post xTNxANTMANx
Thu May 25, 2017 1:10 pm

My biggest colon is now over 20 workers! I have purchased a macro lens for my crapy phone but hey, it works like a charm :-). Hope you enjoy!
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I also took a video. It's not the greatest but man was I happy with the detail you can see! I have to upload it then I will post it.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

xTNxANTMANx
Posts: 392
Joined: Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:03 am
Location: Western Tennessee

Re: Camponotus subbarbatus Colony(s)

Post: # 21715Post xTNxANTMANx
Thu May 25, 2017 2:52 pm

I forgot this picture...still waiting on the video to finish uploading...
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Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

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