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LukeTheGreat
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What's happened?!

Post: # 17398Post LukeTheGreat
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:34 pm

My Crematogaster Sp. ant that I caught in September of 16 layed a few (4-5) eggs about a month ago, I recently checked on her and there are no new eggs, and the ones she previously layed hadn't grow much if any.
She seems to be caring for and protecting her eggs as normal.
She still has plenty of water, although it now has a pink tint.

Please help! :oops:

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Re: What's happened?!

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Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:46 pm

Did she hibernate?
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Re: What's happened?!

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Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:57 pm

I put her by a cold window between December and Just recently, but she layed these eggs before I took her away from the window

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Re: What's happened?!

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Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:01 pm

Leave her alone in the dark. it can take awhile for ants to develop.
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Re: What's happened?

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Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:23 pm

Martialis wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:01 pm
Leave her alone in the dark. it can take awhile for ants to develop.
How long is awhile?
Should I put her back by the cold winter?

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Re: What's happened?!

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Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:28 pm

If she's anything like my Camponotus penn. just get her to the ideal temperature and let the magic happen. It took about two weeks after I brought her out of hibernation but then her eggs hatched and the larvae seemed to grow very quickly and now I have one pupa and I'm sure the other 5 larvae are soon to follow. She laid even more eggs now too. So make sure the temperature is ideal for her.
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Re: What's happened?!

Post: # 17407Post LukeTheGreat
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:02 pm

Cale3459 wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:28 pm
If she's anything like my Camponotus penn. just get her to the ideal temperature and let the magic happen. It took about two weeks after I brought her out of hibernation but then her eggs hatched and the larvae seemed to grow very quickly and now I have one pupa and I'm sure the other 5 larvae are soon to follow. She laid even more eggs now too. So make sure the temperature is ideal for her.
Would said ideal temperature be warmer or colder?

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Re: What's happened?!

Post: # 17408Post Martialis
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:36 pm

around 78 F.
Cale3459 wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:28 pm
If she's anything like my Camponotus penn. just get her to the ideal temperature and let the magic happen. It took about two weeks after I brought her out of hibernation but then her eggs hatched and the larvae seemed to grow very quickly and now I have one pupa and I'm sure the other 5 larvae are soon to follow. She laid even more eggs now too. So make sure the temperature is ideal for her.
Cale, I'm sorry If I sound rude, but do not abbreviate like Camponotus Penn. If you do abbreviate, call her C. pennsylvanicus. Only abbreviate after the name has been stated at least once.
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Re: What's happened?!

Post: # 17410Post Cale3459
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:19 pm

Martialis wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:36 pm
around 78 F.
Cale3459 wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:28 pm
If she's anything like my Camponotus penn. just get her to the ideal temperature and let the magic happen. It took about two weeks after I brought her out of hibernation but then her eggs hatched and the larvae seemed to grow very quickly and now I have one pupa and I'm sure the other 5 larvae are soon to follow. She laid even more eggs now too. So make sure the temperature is ideal for her.
Cale, I'm sorry If I sound rude, but do not abbreviate like Camponotus Penn. If you do abbreviate, call her C. pennsylvanicus. Only abbreviate after the name has been stated at least once.
You don't sound rude. If we all get on the same page then it just makes it easier to communicate on the forum :D
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Re: What's happened?!

Post: # 17411Post Cale3459
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:24 pm

LukeTheGreat wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:02 pm
Cale3459 wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:28 pm
If she's anything like my Camponotus penn. just get her to the ideal temperature and let the magic happen. It took about two weeks after I brought her out of hibernation but then her eggs hatched and the larvae seemed to grow very quickly and now I have one pupa and I'm sure the other 5 larvae are soon to follow. She laid even more eggs now too. So make sure the temperature is ideal for her.
Would said ideal temperature be warmer or colder?
Luke, one of the sources I follow for my colony is the ant care sheets on Formiculture.com I don't guarantee that they are fully accurate, but they are a nice resource to give you a starting point. I know some of the recommended foods for my colony they are not interested in. Here is a link for Crematogaster cerasi:

http://www.formiculture.com/topic/4433-crematogaster-cerasi/
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