My crematogaster queen has eggs!

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timeshell
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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 68275Post timeshell
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:03 pm

There are 4 nanitics now. There were a few more pupae that should have been ready this week, but it looks like they got eaten. There is a dead one that has been there for a few days now that looks somewhat mangles and oddly the live nanitics are still regularly taking care of it as though it were still in the pupa stage. I had some live fruit flies in the setup for the queen to catch as she has caught some I put in there in the past. But they have been in there for a couple weeks now and now I'm wondering if they were stressing her out. Also, I wonder if they were hungry as I hadn't fed them much in the past couple weeks, anticipating them catching the fruit flies. I removed the live ones and put some half dead ones in with them and the nanitics have gotten to work on them pretty quickly. I also attached a test tube with peach sugar water from a jar of canned peaches for them. There are still some eggs and larvae in various growth stages, but I don't anticipate any new nanitics for at least another month now judging by their current development state. The test tube they are in has been completely dried up now for quite some time but they show no interest as yet to move to the new test tube I put for them quite some time ago. I removed it and put a different clean one in case there was something they didn't like about the other one.

Antmanboy
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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 71509Post Antmanboy
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:43 am

Wow good luck on having a flourishing colony of cremtogaster they're cool ants
Queen Bubblehead our Queen Harvester ant
A unamed raspberry Crazy ant queen
And a successful carpenter ant colony

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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 73231Post Gamatron332
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:25 am

Any more updates on the ants?? I was really enjoying the read

timeshell
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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 73291Post timeshell
Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:10 pm

Great timing. I had to give the queen a break. We're up to 13 workers right now with about 10 more coming in the next couple weeks. A stack of eggs in various stages of development.

My queen took to eating eggs periodically for a while. However, I believe it was partly due to stress and partly due to hunger. Over the past month in particular I have been finding the growth very slow, with workers periodically disappearing. I presume they were being eaten. That is until I started feeding them more regularly. I suspect I should have treated this queen as semi-claustral from the beginning and may have had better success.

I started off feeding them flies that gather around the bin at my building. Now I am feeding them 2 to 3 small crickets a week.

Here is a link to my Google Photos album. I just took a couple videos yesterday. Enjoy.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/vPmX6Rrg3tBtgrnT7

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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 73293Post Antmanboy
Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:01 pm

Nice queen
Queen Bubblehead our Queen Harvester ant
A unamed raspberry Crazy ant queen
And a successful carpenter ant colony

DimmettMatt21
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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 73323Post DimmettMatt21
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:00 pm

So I had a question, I cought a crematogaster queen on July 4th 2020 . She laid eggs after the first week. About 3 weeks later she had larvae. The next week they had all become larvae. Now I can't find the larvae and there is 1 or 2 piles of eggs. Mold has become a bit of a problem. She also seems to be a cotton puller. I've given her some honey. I did that last week. I tend to check on her once a week. I've put on a heating cable to keep her warm. I always keep it at about 75°F. Any tips on what I might be doing wrong?


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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 73346Post timeshell
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:53 am

DimmettMatt21 wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:00 pm
So I had a question, I cought a crematogaster queen on July 4th 2020 . She laid eggs after the first week. About 3 weeks later she had larvae. The next week they had all become larvae. Now I can't find the larvae and there is 1 or 2 piles of eggs. Mold has become a bit of a problem. She also seems to be a cotton puller. I've given her some honey. I did that last week. I tend to check on her once a week. I've put on a heating cable to keep her warm. I always keep it at about 75°F. Any tips on what I might be doing wrong?


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I will start out by saying that I am by no means an expert. However, your tube in looks very humid with the water forming on the sides on the chamber. I'd say either your cotton plug is leaking too much or your heat is too much and causing the water to condense on the glass. I was probably looking in on mine too much early on and it took a long time for mine to get to the 16 works I'm at today. Mine kept eating the eggs. I'd suggest preparing a new clean test tube and taping it back to back with the current one to encourage her to move into a nicer one. It can take weeks before she decides to move however. I'm not sure if air flow would be an issue this way. I tried it a couple times but mine never moved that way. I opened it up periodically to vent it. I made a 4 way bridge to go between a small outworld and another test tube. Eventually, like months later, they moved to the new one. When I prepare a new tube, I use a piece of paper towel to soak up any excess water that comes through the cotton plug to try to prevent too much water from building up. I haven't used any heater on my setup at all. I am in a basement apartment with no air conditioning.

I'm curious where you found a crematogaster so early. I'm under the understanding that they're nuptial flights are from August to September. I found mine by pure luck in the parking lot of my building near the end of September last year.

DimmettMatt21
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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 73350Post DimmettMatt21
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:23 pm

Ya I think it was condensation. I tried the taping the tubes together and the other one got mold after a week. I'll try the 4 way outworld method though that way they will get some air flow. My room is normally at 67°F so I use the cable. To speed up their progress.
I live in south Indiana. I found her wandering around on my friends side walk. There were a lot of other ants just out and about. Might have been a nuptial rave? Not sure, but I saw her and picked her up. 1 week later she had eggs

DerkaDoesGaming
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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 73411Post DerkaDoesGaming
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:09 pm

I caught 4 yesterday on my back porch. They were just wandering around looking for a place to nest. I scooped them up, since its almost September. Is there a chance they will lay eggs now or will they hibernate first then lay eggs? its around 74 F in the house. I put them in test tube set ups and are in my closet in the dark.

timeshell
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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Post: # 73422Post timeshell
Thu Aug 27, 2020 11:36 pm

DerkaDoesGaming wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:09 pm
I caught 4 yesterday on my back porch. They were just wandering around looking for a place to nest. I scooped them up, since its almost September. Is there a chance they will lay eggs now or will they hibernate first then lay eggs? its around 74 F in the house. I put them in test tube set ups and are in my closet in the dark.
They may, they may not. Mine didn't start laying until December. Just keep them in a properly prepared test tube in the dark and leave them alone for a couple weeks.

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