Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

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Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 27841Post Cartil
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:50 pm

Hello everyone!

Last Friday (28Jul), I caught I believe to be a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus queen in Halifax, NS. However, as soon as I put her in the tube on Friday, she started to pull on the cotton. Then I briefly took a look at her on Sunday and she had one egg and was just moving around. But then, I briefly looked at her on Thursday and her egg was nowhere to be found (I assumed she ate it) and she was still pulling on the cotton. In between, I have kept her in the dark at about 26 degrees without bothering her. I never disturbed her for more than 2 minutes on Sunday and Thursday. Is there anything I should do differently? Or just wait? I am probably going to have to replace the cotton soon considering she was half way through on Thursday.

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Re: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 27892Post Nj6000
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:38 pm

I think you should just wait .

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Re: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 28058Post AntViking
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:39 am

You might be stress in her out with how often you are checking on her. Since she is fully clastural I would just put her in a dark corner and look at her maybe once every 1-1/2 to 2 weeks.

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Re: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 28080Post Jadeninja9
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:25 pm

Replace the cotton. Then put her away in a dark place. I just put my 10 queens in a shoebox with an unused shirt at the bottom so the test tubes don't roll around. Only check on her for about a minute every 2 weeks.
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Re: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 28113Post Cartil
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:24 pm

Ok! I won't check on them as often then. It will be hard, but I don't want to lose them! :)

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Re: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 28119Post Jadeninja9
Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:53 pm

Me too lol. It's so hard for me to resist looking at them. I haven't even followed my own advice so far lol.
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Re: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 28134Post Cartil
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:52 pm

hahaha I see! But I wonder how often people actually check on their queens, because everyone is always saying to not check on them for weeks at a time, but then they also say: "If the mold covers up the cotton, you need to move them" or "once they have nanitics, you have to start feeding them after a few days", etc, but how would they know when that happens if they don't check on their queens regularly... Anyway, I will try to only check on them every 10 days or so!

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Re: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 28432Post GangreneTVP
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:14 pm

I cut to black paper, wrapped it around the tube and taped the overlapped ends making a black sleeve for my tubes. Works like a charm. Even if I go into where they are they don't see anything but darkness. I checked my two queens every 1-2 weeks.

FYI, the sleeve doesn't cover all of the water part of the tube so I can keep track of the water levels.

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Re: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 28523Post Cartil
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:43 am

Pretty good! I will try to do something like that. Thank you! :)

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Re: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus pulling on cotton in test tube setup

Post: # 28541Post sherwinx17
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:57 pm

I just use some see throw red plastic paper (I think it's called that) and I can see my colony 24/7. I've been using this for my T. karavaievi colony for a few months (since only a queen) and I'm pretty sure it will work for all ant as others use it too.
Also my Cataglyphis queen pulls at it's cotton for more than three months and she still hasn't laid eggs (I'm 90% sure she's fertile).

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