My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 67821Post CANant
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:35 am

Hi all
Seems all is good with my colony. Check out the brood. The larvae aren't wasting any time! Look how big they are in so little time. I also see some new eggs!
Sorry the picture isn’t the best. I had to use the flash and they definitely don’t like it so I had to be quick.

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I just in case you noticed as well I saw two tiny little orange things near the brood. I immediately panicked and thought “ohhhh nooo! Can those be mites??” I immediately went back to inspect further. I always freeze or dip the cricket into boiled water to kill any unwanted mites or bacteria. It looks to be bits of cricket. I do feed Flukers Orange Cube Complete Cricket Diet to the crickets so maybe it’s from that??! I will still keep a close eye on them. :o 🤞🏻
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 67877Post CANant
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:17 pm

I got some great shots of the brood and I’m blown away how massive the larvae are getting! Check them out!

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 68701Post CANant
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:48 am

Update: I now have 19-20 workers of various sizes and there are even more enclosing very soon. The queen is laying a lot and the brood is growing fast. The first image you can see the recently enclosed worker. She is brown instead of black.

Please excuse the cracks in the test tubes. I’m not sure why it is happening but the heat from the heat cable has made them much worse.

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More images and video on https://imgur.com/user/CANant

I’ve recently received an order of springtails, crickets, wax worms, mealworms and fruit flies from CS Exotics (Canada). The colony is eating very well now. Such an exciting time seeing them grow. They are now separating their garbage and food storage from their brood areas. They have been moving around larvae depending on their stages and requirements.
I’ll be working on their new AC Outworld hopefully this week. I plan to have a natural vivarium feel to it but the base will be sanded grout so hopefully they won’t move in and it all works out as planned. Stay tuned for pictures!
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 68766Post CANant
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:50 pm

For anyone that’s interested...finished my AC Outworld now it’s just drying. I have 3 miniature iris plants spread out in the back. I will probably have to remove them if they even survive but we’ll see. I’m worried it will be too cluttered but if so I can always remove everything except the wood and rocks. Once it’s all dry I’ll mist the soil and moss and then add some springtails and maybe some other soil creatures. I may not be able to keep it moist enough for the springtails and other soil creatures but it’s worth a try. I have air pumping in from an aquarium air pump for air circulation.
What do you think?

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