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by CampoKing
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What weird mold is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 547

What weird mold is this?

I saw this crazy "red mop" mold in one of my Camponotus wood habitats. Although it looks cool, it could easily be toxic. Anybody know what type of mold it is? Species etc? Thanks guys

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by CampoKing
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Does the queenless camponotus pennsylvanicus colony adopt a new queen?
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: Does the queenless camponotus pennsylvanicus colony adopt a new queen?

So far as I understand the behavior of black carpenter ants, they are strictly a one-queen species. They're not at all like honeybees, which can readily accept a new queen bee if needed. If the queen dies, that ant colony is doomed (so far as I've read). My condolences for your loss, but you can kee...
by CampoKing
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Foraging Habits
Replies: 1
Views: 206

Re: Foraging Habits

When you have only 6-12 workers, they'll eat their fill then live off of that food for a couple days. It's actually acceptable to give them food every other day instead of daily when the colony is that small.
by CampoKing
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: ants carrying mealworm to the eggs
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: ants carrying mealworm to the eggs

Some of my Carpenter colonies do the same thing. They'll keep the mealworm with them until it's no longer desirable, then they (usually) will carry it back out as trash later. In the wild, finding a perfectly good piece of food is sometimes rare, so it makes sense to carry the whole thing to the nes...
by CampoKing
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Will grain mites harm my ants??
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Re: Will grain mites harm my ants??

I *think* grain mites are harmless to ants. Some of my carpenter colonies coexist with wood mites. Wood mites are just scavengers and happen to like the same food as my ants. It's like stray cats getting into the dog food; no harm to the dog, really. I don't believe wood mites nor grain mites are re...
by CampoKing
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Heating Cable Warmth
Replies: 4
Views: 849

Re: Heating Cable Warmth

It's hard to put an exact temperature on these cables. In a cold room, they're slightly warm to the touch. In a 25C room, they can feel hot. If they are surrounded by insulating materials (plastic, wood, foam, etc) they can get very hot (above 31C). These cables just emit a fixed wattage of heat alo...
by CampoKing
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Texas red Harvester queens
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Texas red Harvester queens

My experience with one harvester queen is that they are very heat loving. Mine refused to settle down unless I kept her slightly above room temp (like 78+). She also acts more skittish than my carpenters, and is more disturbed by exposure to light or movement. All in all, they seem kind of sensitive...
by CampoKing
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Can you feed your ants dead insects?
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Can you feed your ants dead insects?

All my ants like freeze dried bugs if they're rehydrated with spring water first. After all, ants can't eat solid stuff, just liquids or things that can be chewed into liquid. It's at least worth a test, because the freeze dried stuff from pet stores is super convenient if they like it.
by CampoKing
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:04 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Seedling Heat Mats & Ants
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: Seedling Heat Mats & Ants

Ok so my experience with the seedling mat that I linked to in my first post is: If the room is actually cool/cold, it works as planned. At room temp though, it gets hot like every other mat. This mat, probably like other heat mats, will work best with something that can dissipate the heat evenly (I ...
by CampoKing
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What's your opinion on getting a mature colony from the wild
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: What's your opinion on getting a mature colony from the wild

I've only done that once as a "rescue" because the colony was in a small dead tree at risk of being destroyed by farm machinery. They didn't like captivity until I essentially recreated their original wood bark environment, then they perked up and started foraging etc. Incidentally, I can't identify...