Camponatus workers dying after hibernation

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tlrieman76
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Camponatus workers dying after hibernation

Post: # 21232Post tlrieman76
Mon May 15, 2017 9:56 pm

My son has a camponatus queen that had 7-8 workers before hibernation. Now after hibernation the workers seem to be dying. There are eggs and larvae and a few workers about to emerge. Are we doing ok? I just found a new queen tonight while out watering new grass in the lawn. We had so much trouble finding the first queen now we have two. I hope the second has also been with a male already. So are we going to end up with two colonies or is first done for?

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Re: Camponatus workers dying after hibernation

Post: # 21236Post xTNxANTMANx
Mon May 15, 2017 11:56 pm

As long as your queen is still laying eggs and producing more workers I think you'll be okay. I have yet to go through the hibernation stage as I did not find the queen last year unfortunately so as for information on that I can't help. Just give it time and as long as she still had some workers then I wouldn't stress out too much.
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Re: Camponatus workers dying after hibernation

Post: # 21241Post Batspiderfish
Tue May 16, 2017 8:08 am

Camponotus can be sensitive ants. I find it's best to makes sure that they have frequent access to fresh food (sugar and protein) and a fresh living space in case anything about their old home becomes uncomfortable. They have access to a foraging area, right?
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Re: Camponatus workers dying after hibernation

Post: # 21244Post tlrieman76
Tue May 16, 2017 11:22 am

Batspiderfish

They are still in test tube because there were so few workers. Haven't hooked them up to outworkd yet.

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Re: Camponatus workers dying after hibernation

Post: # 21245Post Martialis
Tue May 16, 2017 11:26 am

More than three, they need an outworld.
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Re: Camponotus workers dying after hibernation

Post: # 21247Post tlrieman76
Tue May 16, 2017 12:09 pm

Martialis wrote:
Tue May 16, 2017 11:26 am
More than three, they need an outworld.
My son must have misunderstood the videos on AntsCanada YouTube channel. He thought he needed 15-40 workers before hooking up out-world.

Side note: We tried so many times to find one last year and he finally found one in mid June. I found 2 in last 14 hours while not even looking. The one I found at lunch today is missing both wings and is kind of lethargic. I found her upside down on the steps of our state capital building.

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Re: Camponatus workers dying after hibernation

Post: # 21273Post Batspiderfish
Tue May 16, 2017 10:18 pm

The 20+ worker rule refers to when you can move them to a formicarium, although it sounds like you've caught on. They should have access to an outworld soon after the first workers arrive. You can just place the tube in any container with vertical walls, lined them with talcum/rubbing alcohol (after it dries).

Some Camponotus queens won't make it, because they are frequently parasatized by flies.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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