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Post: # 33787Post antnest8
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:58 am

I meant lakes because Michigan is around great lakes :)

and HOW did you catch so many queens. i heard it was a bit harder to get prenolepis imparis. :shock:
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Post: # 33793Post Jadeninja9
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:55 am

antnest8 wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:58 am
I meant lakes because Michigan is around great lakes :)

and HOW did you catch so many queens. i heard it was a bit harder to get prenolepis imparis. :shock:
Oh haha. We’re not from the Michigan Bay. We’re from the San Franscisco Bay.
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Post: # 33795Post YSTheAnt
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:10 pm

In total me and my two friends spent around four hours looking between two days
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Post: # 33796Post YSTheAnt
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:10 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:58 am
I meant lakes because Michigan is around great lakes :)

and HOW did you catch so many queens. i heard it was a bit harder to get prenolepis imparis. :shock:
I just looked on the road of a park near my house, they were all over the place.
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Post: # 33797Post YSTheAnt
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:12 pm

P. imparis Queen https://imgur.com/gallery/UXUC6
These are the queens!!
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Post: # 33799Post antnest8
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:18 pm

don't you need to separate them?
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Post: # 33801Post Jadeninja9
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:10 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:18 pm
don't you need to separate them?
They're polygynous. They have multi-queen colonies. People always try to tell you, you're taking a risk when putting them together but honestly I've never seen it go bad. Almost every single winter ant queen has the genes for polygony.
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Post: # 33803Post YSTheAnt
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:44 pm

Very rarely they do fight, it's only been seen a few times. That's why I'll sell polygneous ones for higher, more than just a flat rate/queen because of the risks. If anyone wants some, let me know.
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Post: # 34037Post Jadeninja9
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:10 pm

Update: (Feb 17, 2018)
After about 3 months, I finally took my Camponotus hyatti colony out of hibernation. I counted and they have about 31 workers. They have a very large amount of larvae, so I'm excited to see their growth this year. I gave them a drop of honey in their foraging area but none have ventured outside yet. As I write this, I notice that a major and minor have died. Maybe I should get them acclimated to the new temps first? I can see a worker tending the major who appears lifeless. It's weird because all the ants were acting like normal just a few minutes ago so I don't know what's going on. I'll give more updates in a few minutes.
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Post: # 34038Post Jadeninja9
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:15 pm

Okay, so I put my colony in the garage where it's a lot cooler, but not too cold. All of the ants including the major and minor now are acting as if nothing happened. I think because my room is the hottest in the house (76F), it was too hot for them coming right out of hibernation.
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