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My First Species, Any Extra Tips For Me?

Post: # 18872Post AntsTexas
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:54 pm

I have recently acquired a Camponotus sp. queen, and I think I'm ready to keep them. Their natural nest is done, I have crickets, roaches, mealworms, superworms, and various fruit/vegetables to feed them. Now I'm just waiting for them to get around 10 workers before I let them dig in the nest. Anybody have any tips specifically for Camponotus, or just some good things to know in general? (I know most of the required things, such as moisture, heating, diet, and housing. I'm just asking if anybody has any tips and tricks.) Thank you.
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Re: My First Species, Any Extra Tips For Me?

Post: # 18877Post Martialis
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:42 pm

Many Camponotus species enjoy fruit as a sugary substance. My Camponotus cf. chromaiodes even goes as far to actually eat apple. Every week, I put a few pieces in and it is all basically gone by the next week. My ants are enjoying the ~80 degrees Fahrenheit I am keeping them at.

Since it is a natural nest, they'll be able to just dig their nest as they want it, so you could even introduce them now.
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Re: My First Species, Any Extra Tips For Me?

Post: # 18892Post AntsTexas
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:00 pm

Martialis wrote:
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:42 pm
Many Camponotus species enjoy fruit as a sugary substance. My Camponotus cf. chromaiodes even goes as far to actually eat apple. Every week, I put a few pieces in and it is all basically gone by the next week. My ants are enjoying the ~80 degrees Fahrenheit I am keeping them at.

Since it is a natural nest, they'll be able to just dig their nest as they want it, so you could even introduce them now.
Alright, will do. I haven't introduced them yet because the GAN Seller wants to keep the queen a little longer. He said that one worker died out of the two, and he wanted to make sure the colony could survive. He wants her to lay more eggs before he sells her to me, just in case.
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Re: My First Species, Any Extra Tips For Me?

Post: # 18907Post Serafine
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:25 am

You need patience. Camponotus are a bit on the slow side regarding brood development.

My Camponotus (barbaricus) absolutely love frozen spiders. They also like maple syrup.
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Re: My First Species, Any Extra Tips For Me?

Post: # 18914Post AntsTexas
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:47 am

Serafine wrote:
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:25 am
You need patience. Camponotus are a bit on the slow side regarding brood development.

My Camponotus (barbaricus) absolutely love frozen spiders. They also like maple syrup.
Interesting. I'll try that out once they get larger.
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