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by dominatus
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: Pogonomyrmex barbatus flying now in Fort Worth, Texas
Replies: 0
Views: 92

Pogonomyrmex barbatus flying now in Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas area. I'm here at my spot watching alates literally fly off from mounds. No idea where they are going or where to look for mated queens once they land. Grrr. Kinda looks like they are headed towards the river right next door. I could go walk the river walk in an hour or so and hope...
by dominatus
Fri May 24, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...

Camponotus decipiens . Yeah, I figured after some research. The other possibility is Camponotus sayi https://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Camponotus_sayi The two species overlap here in Texas. There is some shape difference I guess from what I've read but I haven't studied enough or gotten one of my under ...
by dominatus
Fri May 24, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...

Well, most of the ants moved out last night. The queen, the work force, and brood that were in the bottom left corner of the nest are gone. https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1-eFxxwE4TLERdc2NdsvzntEyLhWDI9S7 I found they had moved into the hydrometer sitting on top of their wooden formi...
by dominatus
Fri May 24, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...

I am thinking this queen is about 2 years old considering the numbers and few majors. I understand this genus grows slow but we do get a many more warm days in Texas then a lot of temperate places with carpenter ants. What do y'all think?
by dominatus
Fri May 24, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...

Also forgot to mention the wood was confirmed to be not treated wood, no chemicals. Only kiln dried. Southern yellow pine. Figured someone would bring it up.
by dominatus
Thu May 23, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...

dominatus wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 11:45 pm

Also I was wondering if anyone recolonized the exact species from these crappy pictures and location?
I meant to say recognize, not recolonized... oops. Does anyone recognize the exact species from my crappy pictures and location?
by dominatus
Thu May 23, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...

Well, here is the picture I'm sure most wanted to see. The ants in their new home. The queen is even front and center! https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=14OsYQdcxIOYkwUfKKPay-iIsiuZlzT8p https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1UKA_1Kmh4h_30FeqxP01ul8ouAFWsUS- https://drive.googl...
by dominatus
Thu May 23, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...
Replies: 9
Views: 443

First colony, found established Camponotus sp. colony in log slated for the burn pile...

Howdy y'all. New around here. I am in the Fort Worth area of Texas, USA. I knew of the AC community before but never really dived in, mostly because of opportunity and time. Well, I tripped over a log slated for our burn pile that happened to have an established Camponotus sp. colony in it, so oppor...
by dominatus
Thu May 23, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: New Forum Members
Topic: Tripped over, literally, a carpenter ant colony with queen so now I'm here to learn!
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Re: Tripped over, literally, a carpenter ant colony with queen so now I'm here to learn!

Ha, I said I saw alates 6 or so months ago. I meant weeks :-P Anyways. Good to know they "should" do fine. I got them moved into a 2 in 1 outland / nest I made with some wood and a 20gallon aquarium. I'm not super happy with it. Mostly the wood needs to be fitted better, there is too big a gap betwe...
by dominatus
Wed May 22, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: New Forum Members
Topic: Tripped over, literally, a carpenter ant colony with queen so now I'm here to learn!
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Tripped over, literally, a carpenter ant colony with queen so now I'm here to learn!

Howdy y'all! I've never had an real ant colony before. I've read up on the hobby from time to time but never had an opportunity to dive in. That has changed in a very serendipitous way! I've kept critters all my life, picking up the creepy crawlies as soon as I could walk. In my 30's now I am conten...