Much growth and prosperity of the colony pleases me to no end. Not long after my last post the queen started laying eggs, roughly around 50-65 and more on the way. Most of the brood are in the pupa stage but very few are destined to be majors. After watching both my Camponotus colonies I come to the conclusion that the less I heat them the better chance I will get more majors but I'm sure other factors play equal or greater roles in caste development or I'm just dead wrong. Anyone care to give me better incite on factors that determine caste development of Camponotus.
I'm happy to see my first worker of the year born today! Most of this generation of brood are pupae now and the next generation of 120-160 eggs and larvae or growing fast. The next few weeks will be exciting to watch. links are only visible for registered users
The colony broke out recently making several small holes in the nest. The nest was my first attempt at building a large nest which didn't come out as I wanted and created a few weak spots. I couldn't find all the holes forcing me to move them into a back up nest intended for my C. americanus colony. I used the heating method to force them to move because they are used to the light. It took them all night to fully move into the new nest. Unfortunately I didn't give them enough water resulting in a few deaths from dehydration. With all the runaways I may have lost 50-75 workers which was a small loss soon to be replaced by 100's of new workers. The good news is that the brood count is very high making this incident insignificant.
I now have 100's of larvae and pupae and a small batch of eggs (100ish)! I find it odd that the C americanus brood was more developed and fell behind in the larvae stages. I changed the foraging area in to a large fish tank connected by a long clear tube so the ants wont be clustered anymore and the flooring allows them to grip to the ground better. The next few weeks will be exciting to watch all the new workers hatching. Video now in 1080p. links are only visible for registered users pics.
Most of the pupae are workers now and the remaining pupae are media/majors. The next batch are eggs and early stage larvae. I assume the queen is still laying eggs. The colony exceeds 1000 workers easily. I'm still unsure whether or not colony will officially mature. links are only visible for registered users