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I had neglect to mention, I caught what might be a queen, from a very small sized colony. Underneath a small rock. I grabbed the queen, didn't bother with the workers. I decided since I found the queen, not ignore her, even though normally I would with this type of species. They are so common I think any big to little rock you find they are always there.
If she is a queen chances are she is going to die no matter what you do. You can NOT just take the queen from a colony and expect her to start another colony. You MUST also collect the majority of her workers or she will NOT survive. The times when you CAN only collect a queen and expect her to successfully raise a colony are as follows:1.) Right after she has participated in a mating flight. You'll know she has flown because you will find her crawling around on her own most often without her wings.2.) After she has already found a site to start her colony, but does NOT have any workers yet. In this case it is in her best interest for you to collect any brood that is present, especially any pupae. The best time to collect a queen in this situation is right after she has dug in, but before she has laid any eggs.Collecting only a queen at any other time will only result in her death. A mature queen with a colony of any size will not have wings. Sure some queens keep their wings after mating, but everything I've ever seen says they will be removed by her workers after they eclose. So if you see a winged queen in a mature colony, then she is NOT the queen of the colony. There is really no reason to collect any winged ants when you are collecting a mature colony. It doesn't hurt anything if you do, they just are not necessary to a captive colony.
I think I have Camponotus penn. Or Camponotus h? It hasn't been positively Identified, I'm very new to Camponotus as far as Caste', Workers, and the Alate. I had experience with the Queens, but I never got to see anything further.
They look like C. penn., but it's hard to tell for sure. If there is any red on their thoraxes then they are not C. penn. Those are definitely males you have and I did not see any Camponotus queens, with or without wings, in any of your pictures. I think you’re confused about the word caste. There are three kinds of worker castes in a typical polymorphic Camponotus colony: minor, median, major. Not all ant species have all three castes (dimorphic) and some have only one (monomorphic). The majors are the giant 'soldier' ants that can be easily confused with a queen. The median as their name implies are between the majors and minors in size. In my opinion they look like over sized minors instead of under sized majors. The minors are the smallest and most numerous of the three. It's important to remember there will also be some variation in worker size in each caste, but it will be minor compared to the variation between castes.
The colony I have all have been trying to climb up the glass and escape.
They are either doing this because the conditions are not to their liking in there or more likely because they do not have a queen. Worker ants without their mature queen do not behave normally.
I have noticed that the alates have been doing what Chuck mentioned. They act like a worker tending the brood.
I'm not sure where I said this at, but I don't think I've noticed it from any alates I've ever had. The workers in my Aphaenogaster colony did keep the alates close to the brood most of the time and as a kid when I collected mature colonies with alates I noticed the same thing. Maybe the workers are just keeping the males near the brood? I think a male caring for a piece of brood would be very unlikely, even without a queen present.I do talk about one of my Myrmica queens that is behaving very worker like in their journal. That is a little different, since she is one of the original 12 queens that founded that colony. I've gone back and forth on how permanent their current polygynous (multiple queen) arrangement is going to be. So I've been watching their behavior closely looking for any sign that things are going to change.
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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