you have done very well with them they look well fed and helthy and there are so many of them . i've'e got a small colony of camponus herculeanus how long did it take your colony to get so big? I only hope mine do as well.
Small colonies or colonies just starting may take a long time to start growing huge maybe a year or 2. I captured this colony when they had 120 or so workers in spring and now its around 350-400. Just give them water heat food and they will prosper. I also boosted some brood but most of the population came from the queen.
I took my 3 larger colonies out of hibernation yesterday. C. chromaiodes had a few deaths but overall the colony is great. Workers started venturing out for food in small numbers. I can't wait till the population starts booming. Enjoy. www.youtube.com/user/alexuks#p/a/u/1/8_iN1fUC4_I
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Thanks. Camponotus are slower and harder to raise from single queens. I lucky got a small colony of them and mostly overcame the early colony development. Much respect to all others who raised a colony from a single queen. I plan on doing better updates when activity in the colony increases.
Since my last post the colony is teaming with activity. Most days I find 50-100 workers active and often sun bathing due to the cool weather. Their appetite is unquenchable and brood are growing at a fast rate. The queen started laying eggs a few days back but only a small amount. I'm quite excited about how well they progressed and can't wait till they fill up the nest. New eggs.
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.