My Cataglyphis bombycinus sinaiticus

Hello Friends!

So here my blog about my Cataglyphis bombycinus. I get them last year in may. It was a good colony with ca. 150 workers and one queen.
It is realy not easy to hold them, this are realy desert ants, so i had make some mistakes. First problem is the nest, it must be drily. and i mean realy drily!
The problem is that these Cataglyphis bring not the garbage outside the nest (all Cataglyphis make some areas in the nest where they bring the garbage). But some Cataglyphis ( i hold C. velox, C. aenescens) bring sometimes all out. This Cataglyphis do it not. I have now one chamber in the nest where are they bring the garbage. So when you have a not drily nest, this garbage begin to mouldy and that is a big problem. So my mistakes cost many workers the live, so that i had in November only 32 workers :( . In end of November i let them go in an cold area of my apartment, they need a stop. All Cataglyphis make one or two stops in the year where they have no brood. The queen need this break to lay good eggs, they need the cold temperature and the break. So i had give them a break from 5-6 weeks.
After this time i have bring the colony to a new drily nest ant a new formicarium. The queen lay new eggs and no worker die since this time.
I have now many brood, eggs larvae and pupas. Yesterday the first new worker was born.

So here pictures from the arena:

arena 1
arena 2
arena 3

And now the pictures from inside the nest (one week old):

the queen in the nest
the queen in the nest 1

The larvae will be save :)

workers save the larvae
workers save the larvae 1

new eggs


And now pictures from yesterday:

pupas and new eggs

ants eat cockroach 1
ants eat cockroach 2
ants eat cockroach 3

Here the new worker:


These are older pictures:

workers drink honey water 1
workers drink honey water 2

And here the queen in the "winter" nest:

the queen

Ok, i hope this will be funny too!



Аватар пользователя admin

1 - Very nice queen, like

Very nice queen, like Polyergus rufescens!

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2 - Did you made their nest in a

Did you made their nest in a red brick) ? Can you show whole picture?

And what temperature do you supports in formic ?

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3 - Mathias, your cataglyphis

Mathias, your cataglyphis just super!
Wonder at what temperature you they contain, and at what temperature they were in wintering?
Working bury cataglyphis aenescens larvae pupate in the crumbs with gypsum and sand, your cataglyphis do it too?

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4 - Your Cataglyphis are

Your Cataglyphis are brilliant! Small question: when workers and soldiers are running, they lift their paunches, like on this picture?

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5 - Hello! Thanks! I make all


Thanks @ all!
I make all nests with "Ячеистый бетон" and make it with "Сугли́нок" look like in the nature! I mix cугли́нок with sand and water and paints the stone with it. It looks like a nest in the ground, in the nature.
The temperature is high, on day the sand have 35-45°C the nest in top have 30°C and in the ground 23-25°C. The ants dont lift up the gaster when they run. they dont need it, because the silver reflect the sunshine. So they can run in nature by over 50-60°C outside the nest, when other insects can only die in the sun! In the 5-6 weeks i hold them by 15-20°C!
Cataglyphis aenescens i had hold 2 1/2 years, need lower temperatures for longer time. I had hold them from October till march by 3-8°C in a cold place on my balcony! I get after 2 years queens and males, but you get it only when you make a good "winter"!!!


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6 - Very beautiful ants=)

Very beautiful ants=)

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7 - чувствую себя белой

чувствую себя белой вороной...а жаль(((

Аватар пользователя Змеёныш

8 - Very nice queen and very

Very nice queen and very beautiful ants

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9 - Слушай, Змеёныш, иди нафиг,

Слушай, Змеёныш, иди нафиг, достал уже. Может хватит что-то говорить про других людей и посмотреть на себя?

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10 - Санни, не поддавайтесь на

Санни, не поддавайтесь на провокации, это тролль, котрый не по адресу зашел. Придет добрый дядя админ и даст ему под ср...к, а Филин долечит.

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11 - Very beautiful ants=) super

Very beautiful ants=)
super formikarium.
Mr. Mathias congratulations! =)....вот уроды (см Брат 2)

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12 - Виноват, он сам сказал, а я

Виноват, он сам сказал, а я подбадриваю

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13 - 2Змееныш

Забанен на трое суток за флуд! Еще раз - удаление.

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14 - What about decoration? The

What about decoration?
The nest a little for growth of the future colony seems to me.

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15 - Hello Pianist! Yes for the

Hello Pianist!

Yes for the future it is to small, but for this colony size it is ok!
I will make new pictures next days, maybe next week when i make a new nest!


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16 - New nest, new arena, all is new!


In the last month my colony grow up, i make a new nest and a new arena for my colony.
It runs very good last weeks, before they had a problem with the humidity in the nest, so i make a nest where i can make two rooms fresh with water.
The best is that i have make it so that the sand can not be humidity, look at my pictures:


Here is a video where you can see how the ants go from a "TicTac" Box to the new nest:

I give many food, flys, maggots, cockroaches, caterpillars and worms. I give sugar water and fresh water too! The fresh water is very important, you forget it to often and the colony go down!
Here more pictures from the colony, the pictures are older:


Take a look to the new pictures from last weekend:


You can see that the colony grow up, more larvae more pupas and more worker. I hope it will run so good next month, too.

And now some new videos:

And my last video ist from the new nest, the video is from last weekend too!

I hope you will have a good time with my pictures and my videos!


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17 - Was sind die Abmessungen

Was sind die Abmessungen formikarium?
Mit terarium.

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18 - Hello Komandos! The

Hello Komandos!

The Formicarium is 50x20x50, i think it is enough for a long time. When the colony need a new Nest i will make a nest and connect an bigger arena on this formicarium. I hope the nest i have now will be ok 6 month.


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19 - 2Mathias

Cute ants! Thanks for great pics and video!

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20 - Not for this my Friend :) I

Not for this my Friend :)

I want share with all :)