When to move my Camponotus ants into an AntsCanada Hybrid Nest 2.0

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When to move my Camponotus ants into an AntsCanada Hybrid Nest 2.0

Post: # 33311Post MrEyeba11
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:29 pm

I have a Camponotus Modoc. queen ant that I caught in late June of 2017 and it is living in a test tube right now. It has 2 larvae right now and I don't know if they'll hatch before I have to hibernate my queen because the eggs were there about 1 and a half months from today. Since C. Modoc. queens are so large, their eggs take at least 2 months to hatch so should I wait for them to hatch before I hibernate my queen? Also, how many workers should I have before I move the colony into a hybrid nest 2.0 because I can tell that with the queen, only 4 workers will fit in the test tube?
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Re: When to move my Camponotus ants into an AntsCanada Hybrid Nest 2.0

Post: # 33313Post idahoantgirl
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:34 pm

MrEyeba11 wrote:
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:29 pm
I have a Camponotus Modoc. queen ant that I caught in late June of 2017 and it is living in a test tube right now. It has 2 larvae right now and I don't know if they'll hatch before I have to hibernate my queen because the eggs were there about 1 and a half months from today. Since C. Modoc. queens are so large, their eggs take at least 2 months to hatch so should I wait for them to hatch before I hibernate my queen? Also, how many workers should I have before I move the colony into a hybrid nest 2.0 because I can tell that with the queen, only 4 workers will fit in the test tube?
Ants have internal clocks. the brood probably will not develop before hibernation. You should have around 25-50 workers before moving into a nest
Proverbs 6:6-8

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.

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Re: When to move my Camponotus ants into an AntsCanada Hybrid Nest 2.0

Post: # 33320Post MrEyeba11
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:12 am

ok thanks!
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Re: When to move my Camponotus ants into an AntsCanada Hybrid Nest 2.0

Post: # 33323Post MrEyeba11
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:16 pm

When do you think I should put the queen in hibernation because the place where I found it has a daily Low of around 30 degrees F.?
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Re: When to move my Camponotus ants into an AntsCanada Hybrid Nest 2.0

Post: # 33333Post YSTheAnt
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:51 am

Right now. These ants need to be put into hibernation by mid November at a stretch. Studies show that their brood development and production stops in late August to September, until late January or February. Give her until February, preferably longer before taking her out of hibernation. Mine stopped all development by mid September so I put them in right then.
MrEyeba11 wrote:
Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:16 pm
When do you think I should put the queen in hibernation because the place where I found it has a daily Low of around 30 degrees F.?
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Re: When to move my Camponotus ants into an AntsCanada Hybrid Nest 2.0

Post: # 33479Post MrEyeba11
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:24 pm

Than you, they've been in since the beginning of November so I think that is close enough.
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Re: When to move my Camponotus ants into an AntsCanada Hybrid Nest 2.0

Post: # 33483Post YSTheAnt
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:47 pm

Yeah, keep them in till at least the end of the month though, it works best apparently.
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