Camponotus xerxes

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    • Camponotus xerxes

      So Hi, dear Camerati. This is my first thread on EuSozial and I can't speak german properly (This is the reason why I type on Eng), but I hope you will like it.


      Story of my colony is very big and starts in Autumn of 2017, when I was a nooby. Then I saw blog by Natalya Serova about Camponotus fellah. From first moment I loved those ants for very beatiful colour combination and forms, so I wanted to purchase them. I startet conversation with one of Admins - Valery S.T.E.L.S. (Nowadays we are collegues-editors of Myrmex - ants-related group in VKontakte) After almost 10 months of talking and changes I receive message that 5 of Valery's Camponotus fellah* gynes has sucessfully packed out their first workers. At this moment I was mad about mysterious "Camponotus xerxes" - black giants of Persia. I asked Valery: "And what are other Camponotus species were observed by your supplier in Israel?" He said: "Mostly fellah, but very black. I would said even xerxes" And from this moment xerxes-epopee had started...

      And on 11 of October I received package with two colonies of Camponotus xerxes - One for me and another for my comrade.

      Here are some photos taken from 12.10.2018 to 28.01.2019.

      Colony is pretty active at eating drosophila flies and drinking honeywater. From 8 AM till 8 PM I keep them in +-28°С at night in +-24°C.

      Colony now:

      That's it! Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed it. In week or two I will update my thread, but if you want to see more photos they are available here

      The post was edited 1 time, last by Colobopsis ().

    • Sooo. Sorry for long break - hadn't had time for foreign forums.
      The colony has few pupaes and very big amount of larvaes. Today I received a package w/ roaches for all of my ants and started feeding. Here are some photos.

      The next update will be in July, as I'm going to Turkey on 5.07. (Spoiler. I will have a blog about stuff I smuggled and stuff I had saw)
      Goodbye, Camerati!
    • I also received a colon of an Argentinian Roach - Blaptica dubia. Blaptica is a awesome food for Camponotus species, as it has a huge amount of size varieties and most importantly - they are plentiful in amount of protein.

      Hunting down the roach in a pile of trash.

      Xerxes appears to be a bey smart and educatin ant, which can successfully find roaches, but has problems with killing them.

      And this is feeding by Pycnoscelus surinamensis.