My amazing Camponotus and when to hibernate

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MaxGen
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My amazing Camponotus and when to hibernate

Post: # 31955Post MaxGen
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:51 pm

I caught a Camponotus pennsylvanicus on July 4th this year. She flew into my chest and landed on my shoe.

She has at least 18 workers now and what looks like a pile of larva. I'm just wondering when the best time to put her in the fridge would be? I believe eggs and pupa will not survive hibernation but larva will.

Based on the pictures attached does anyone think I should be putting her in the fridge now, or later? She's the jewel in my ant colony crown, so I want to do everything to help her survive until next year.

Thanks,

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idahoantgirl
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Re: My amazing Camponotus and when to hibernate

Post: # 31957Post idahoantgirl
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:50 pm

MaxGen wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:51 pm
I caught a Camponotus pennsylvanicus on July 4th this year. She flew into my chest and landed on my shoe.

She has at least 18 workers now and what looks like a pile of larva. I'm just wondering when the best time to put her in the fridge would be? I believe eggs and pupa will not survive hibernation but larva will.

Based on the pictures attached does anyone think I should be putting her in the fridge now, or later? She's the jewel in my ant colony crown, so I want to do everything to help her survive until next year.

Thanks,

Image

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Why wouldn't the eggs and pupae survive? Also its recommended to move them into hibernation when you stop seeing ants outside.
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeper of Tetramorium Sp. E, Lasius Neoniger

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