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Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:53 pm
by Jadeninja9
Hitch3 wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:08 pm
Thanks guys for the help!
No problem

Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:54 am
by Hitch3
UPDATE

The brood is developing really well. I counted 6 total brood, with 1 pupae, 2 large larave, 1 medium larvae, and 2 small larvae.

Shouldn’t be to long until we have workers!

Now, for the photos! :o

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I know, I know, beautiful photos. My parents got me a small microscope for the ants so I can take closer photos.

Anyway, that’s about it for now, update next week (as usual)

Cheers!

Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:43 pm
by Jadeninja9
They're looking good

Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:12 pm
by antsRlife
there looking real good, just from a past experience, put less water in the nest, camponotus consobrinus prefer a dryer nest than usual

Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:49 am
by Hitch3
UPDATE

Hi all,

The brood are doing well. No new pupae have arrived yet.

I have put a bit of dirt into the nest to help the larvae spin their cocoons.

That's really it, there is not too much to report on at this stage.

Cheers!

Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:51 pm
by antsRlife
lets hope the brood comes along well, hopefully before hybernation season :shock:

Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:31 am
by Hitch3
UPDATE THAT IS NOT AN UPDATE

There is not really anything to report on, other than they are alive and well.

Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:35 am
by CherrieEvolved
I am a very strong proponent of feeding fully-claustural queens. Who knows if they were properly fed in the nest before going on their nuptual flight. I dont feed them often, at most once a month, and generally only carbs (honey, as they generally drink it clean so there is no chance at mold). Give the ants the best chance to succeed. If they are running low on reserves they have a higher chance of dying/failing at raising the first gen.
This is my first year, but so far the only one that has died and not laid eggs for me (out of 9) is the one I did NOT feed. Take that as you will. :)
Just because they can survive months without food, doesn't mean its good for them!

Also, I have yet to have one eat its eggs. It would make sense they wouldn't eat them if they are already full. As generally they will eat them to not waste food in case they need to run, if they are full there is no reason to eat them to store it.

Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:00 am
by Hitch3
Hi all!

Exciting news! Today I checked up on the queen and I saw a cocoon with a head poking out of it! The cocoon looked all shriveled up and pale as well. The queen was also guarding it very closely.

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So after that, I checked a couple hours later, and saw that the worker had fully emerged. It was cute to see it stumbling around the nest, learning how to walk. The worker was still very pale. I am going to check up on it again in the tommorow to see the new fully developed worker.

I will also do another update with a picture tommorow so you can all see the worker as well.

I also would like to apologize for not updating last week. I didn’t do it as there was not really anything to update on, and nothing had changed.

Anyways, that is about it until tommorow.

Cheers!

Re: Hitch3’s Camponotus Consobrinus Journal

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:50 pm
by Hitch3
Hi all,

This is the worker! She isn’t quite tanned yet but is still pretty close anyway.

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She is beautiful! She is still pretty inactive, rotating between standing by her mum and standing over the brood, but I am sure that once more workers arrive, they will be bustling! :D

I caught this queen back on December the 7th, meaning that she spent 106 days founding her colony. :geek: Hopefully this colony will grow fast and thrive!

Anyways, that’s it until next week!

Cheers!