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Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:43 pm
by timeshell
They stopped eating it and I removed it and placed a fresh one in there. They haven't touched the fresh one that I put in a few days ago. In fact, they seem to have gone into a mostly dormant mode. All the ants have pretty much collected around the queen and have been pretty inactive since they stopped eating the first waxworm. I don't have heating in my place and it's been getting pretty cool, so I guess the ants have decided to take seasonal break. I'll keep an eye on them, but if so, I may not have much else to post for a while.

There is at least one new worker as of today. Count is around 22-23 now. Still look likes like there may be more coming over the next few weeks.

Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:31 pm
by AntsSoutheast
You should give her ant outworld. That way the queen's test tube won't mold from the dead bodies of the insects she has eaten. :D :D

Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:55 pm
by timeshell
I never place the food directly in their tube. They are connected to a small outworld I designed and 3D printed for them.

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

Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:22 pm
by ANTLORD
nice, sophisticated setup

Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:26 pm
by ANTLORD
i think ur ants r cool btw

Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:46 am
by timeshell
At least another 4 or 5 new workers eclosed over the last couple days. I'm starting to struggle to count them now. Would make at least 25 to 26 workers now with yet more still coming soon. They are still mostly clustering around the queen in the main nest. Most of them have very full gasters that look striped (clear/black/clear/black) because of how full they are. A couple look almost ready to just burst.

It seems to me that it's too early to hibernate them as we are only in the middle of September. I'm open to suggestions from experienced keepers of crematogasters.

Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:06 am
by timeshell
More pictures have been added.

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

Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:21 pm
by Ants1so1cool
I was wondering what was happening with your queen I was really enjoying the read you colony is looking great. I don't have an ant colony :( :( :( :( :( and I really want one to :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:30 pm
by timeshell
Not much change this past week. Up to about 30 workers I think now. Getting a lot harder to count. When I peek in at them, they are pretty inactive right now.

Today I by chance came across what may be another crematogaster queen! She still has her wings but has a a good sized gaster so hopefully that's promising. Her gaster seems dark, almost black, but in brighter light it has a brown iridescence to it. So I suspect it may be either a different species of crematogaster from my first one, or, if I'm fortunate, a pheidole.

Here are pictures of the new queen, who for now I call the Queen of Stouffville.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/8nZwE6UGjPD5zcnw9

If you know what she is, please let me know.

Re: My crematogaster queen has eggs!

Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:05 pm
by timeshell
Ants1so1cool wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:21 pm
I was wondering what was happening with your queen I was really enjoying the read you colony is looking great. I don't have an ant colony :( :( :( :( :( and I really want one to :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
Don't give up! Ants are abundant. I'm sure you'll find a queen some day!