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06/06/2011 11:14 AM
I've been meaning to update this for the past few days, but haven't had the chance. This colony has nearly doubled in size in the past week and is getting close to the 30 worker mark. Their brood pile seems unchanged, it's almost like all the new callows are just appearing out of thin air. They almost out number the workers from last year. I've got a few random pictures of this colony to share that I took a few days ago.Yesterday while I was hosing off a high chair (potty training is so much fun) this beautiful lady happened to wander across my back patio. For some reason I couldn’t just let her leave, so she is currently enjoying some honey in a test tube that will be her home for the next several months if all goes well.
My Current Journals: Aphaenogaster fulvaAphaenogaster rudisCamponotus castaneusCamponotus chromaiodesCamponotus pennsylvanicusCamponotus pennsylvanicus (rescued mature colony)Camponotus subbarbatusFormica pallidefulvaMyrmica americanaPheidolePonera pennsylvanica (My current attempt at starting a colony)
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06/23/2011 11:20 AM
I've got some more pictures that I took last week to crop and share when I have time, but I'm not sure when that will be. The colony is still doing great and has to be around the 40 worker mark now. I've not done any counts, but it looks like they have about 6 major/median workers now.Wsxgunnerx:Thanks, you guys/gals are really starting to give me a big head. I'm even starting to think about putting some sort of fancy water mark in the corner of all my pictures.Aduro:I'm in Cincinnati Ohio. I'm not sure where you are, but this species is supposed to be a common one found through out most of the eastern US. I think it's basically found everywhere east of the Rockies. If you are west the Rockies there are plenty of non-black Camponotus species that can be found there too. Even in most urban areas you should be able to find a wide variety of ants, this queen is a good example of that since I found her in a busy parking lot in my local business district.
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I was wondering what happened as well. I have got a few of these queens now. What happened to Chuck, to?
I'm still around, I just don't have the time I used to. I'm ashamed to admit that all my colonies are still sleeping, in part because I've not had time to wake them up yet. I've also started thinning down my collection, I just don't have the time to enjoy them like I used to. I'm keeping most of Camponotus colonies and as of last week this colony was still happily sleeping. The weather has been unseasonable cool for most of past week, so I don't think much has changed since the last time I checked on them. Sorry this update is lacking any pictures or even any sort of real update on this colony. I'm going to see if I can't fix that some time over the next few weeks.
Thanks Antagonist for sharing that nice picture of your queen and it sounds like she well on her to founding a successfully colony. I also want to say thanks to everyone else that has given me a little poke this year. While I may not have found the time to respond, they were much appreciated reminders to check on my colonies.
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