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By Leafcutter
#3956
They do love the heat Jon, honestly they speed around like Cataglyphis but with a different technique. The temp in my setup varies between 20 oC and 40 oC lol, and they don't seem to mind it at all :D.
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By Leafcutter
#3958
It much better than having it at the front as that obstructs the foraging behaviour. This way you can see all the ants foraging and running around. I like the nests quite a bit too so I'll be using a similar design for the rest of my Camponotus species once I get some 40 x 30 x 30 tanks. They'll be smaller versions of the nests I have in this setup.
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By Leafcutter
#4062
Just picked out the 1st dead worker of this colony since it has been in my possession. Got a quick picture of it:

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By Leafcutter
#5563
Lots of small larvae at the moment but I've decided the colony should have their diapause this year so I've dropped the temperature down to 17-18 C. Maybe it should be lower but as long as their metabolism is slowed.

Overall, one really good looking species, fast and very aggressive.
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By RobJ
#9416
Great looking colony you have going there


Thanks
RobJ
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By andyj027027
#9637
I'm pretty sure i saw this species in Madagascar or very similar, i took some really bad shots of them because they were marching on the locals toilet and i couldnt hold my breath long enough, i see if i can find them. They were nesting on a very dry beach just above the sand level. I have only ever seen these offered at a really high price :( Any way good luck with them, they are on my list :)
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By Leafcutter
#9639
andyj027027 wrote:I'm pretty sure i saw this species in Madagascar or very similar, i took some really bad shots of them because they were marching on the locals toilet and i couldnt hold my breath long enough, i see if i can find them. They were nesting on a very dry beach just above the sand level. I have only ever seen these offered at a really high price :( Any way good luck with them, they are on my list :)


Finding private sellers from Germany is the way to go. Although you won't be paying less than 350€ for a colony of this size. I have the details of a guy selling 50 worker colony for 350€ if you're interested, I'll PM you the details?

They are a great species and are fast moving, like Cataglyphis.
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By Leafcutter
#9641
andyj027027 wrote:I'm going to have to wait until it warms up before i risk that sort of money, or i could put the donations link back up on my forum :) I would be interested in writing to him though. Thanks.


I agree, I got my colony in Summer and took about 4 days from Germany to arrive, not a single ant was dead on arrival which was fantastic. These ants are quite hardy.
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By Leafcutter
#9751
I'd say that is C.fulvopilosus, species are moving around all the time but depends on the last AntWeb entry time.
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By Leafcutter
#9909
The Queen has been really busy lately, I can see lots of new eggs, development is amazing and I've spotted some Camponotus storeatus "look-a-likes" emerging too :). I'd say this colony is booming right now and they love basking in the heat of the heat lamp, sometimes reaching 38C near to the lamp. The workers bring out most of the brood and pile it next to the heat lamp every day, since there are no predators, the ants are doing really well. Feeding is also a breeze as I drop in a few meal-worms and the ants do the rest.
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By Leafcutter
#9924
A rather empty looking nest at the moment:

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This picture speaks for itself, 3 storeatus look-a-likes and many many cocoons:

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By Occultus
#18014
I've been caring for this colony a little over four months now. They have been developing considerably fast for a Camponotus sp and have outgrown their original Ytong nest.

I made the decision to move the entire colony into my Black Nardinest. They are right at home and I think they contrast nicely against the dark scenery.

When they first moved into their new nest, the queen enjoyed staying out in the open. This was due to the arena floor being hotter than the actual nest chambers..these girls like it hot (30 degrees Celsius)
Now she is snuggled into her chamber room :)

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