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Re: Camponotus nearcticus

Post: # 57204Post AntsDakota
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:24 am

Despite the cool temperatures lately, the larvae have been developing rapidly. And I believe the queen may have laid a few eggs.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Camponotus nearcticus

Post: # 57449Post AntsDakota
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:29 pm

When I peeked at the colony today, the queen was laying partially on her side, apparently struggling. Her abdomen was balloted, and a worker seemed awfully interested in smelling the tip of her gaster. I believe she may have been in the process of laying an egg. She is fine now.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Camponotus nearcticus

Post: # 57632Post AntsDakota
Sat Apr 27, 2019 12:43 pm

I moved them out of their moldy test tube and into a new one. However, the new one was too wet for them, as they moved into a cork nest that was attached to their new outworld. I originally had planned to move them in when the colony was large enough, yet I guess the ants had other plans.....
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Camponotus nearcticus

Post: # 59262Post AntsDakota
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:55 pm

After observing some other Camponotus workers around, I found that my ants are still too large to be C. nearcticus (I found different ants that I'm almost certain are C. nearcticus). I am guessing C. modoc, yet I am still not sure.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Camponotus nearcticus

Post: # 59263Post AntsDakota
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:59 pm

Anyway, the colony is doing very well. The temperatures here have climbed into the 90s lately, giving the colony the opportunity to blossom. The eggs the colony originally had at the beginning of this year have developed into pupae. When I checked up on them today, I also noticed a monstrous pile of eggs and presumably small larvae (visibility is limited after covering the nest with sand). I would estimate that there is between fifteen and twenty young brood in that pile alone, which indicates the colony's population will explode in a couple months.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Camponotus nearcticus

Post: # 59386Post AntsDakota
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:02 pm

I was going around my yard collecting various insects to feed the colony. One of the food items was a fly. Yet when I crushed it, I realized it was apparently pregnant. Several dozen maggots then began crawling out of the fly's body and out into the container I was keeping the corpses in. :shock:
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Camponotus nearcticus

Post: # 59387Post AntsDakota
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:05 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:55 pm
After observing some other Camponotus workers around, I found that my ants are still too large to be C. nearcticus (I found different ants that I'm almost certain are C. nearcticus). I am guessing C. modoc, yet I am still not sure.
I was reading various Camponotus journals on Formiculture, and came across a Camponotus modoc journal. After reading it, I recognized several distinct similarities with my colony.

1. They look exactly the same.
2. They eat A LOT.
3. Even at only a few workers, the queen lays dozens of eggs.

I believe I have confirmed their ID, and now have a guide in caring for this colony. :)
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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