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by PwnerPie
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Outdoor Ant Keeping
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: Outdoor Ant Keeping

For them to work outside - you would need to give them ALOT of soil. The soil does protect them from temperature swings. I would not recommend putting them outside, it hard enough to keep the temperature stable inside...haha
by PwnerPie
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: The Ant Graveyard
Topic: Camponotus queens caught all died a strange death
Replies: 5
Views: 700

Re: Camponotus queens caught all died a strange death

What protein did you feed them?
by PwnerPie
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Camponotus ants too picky in eating
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: Camponotus ants too picky in eating

One tough thing I found about camponotus, is they have repletes. So they fill up on some food, then may not eat again for weeks depending on how much food they are using. Mickey also encountered this, he thought his colony was dead, but they just had repletes so they did not have to come out of thei...
by PwnerPie
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Opinions on raising non-native ant species?
Replies: 4
Views: 362

Re: Opinions on raising non-native ant species?

Agreed - Do NOT do it. I love ants, but I kill invasive species on sight because of how destructive they are. You have plenty of awesome native species there!
by PwnerPie
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Advice for Camponotus Colony (Colony collapse?)
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: Advice for Camponotus Colony (Colony collapse?)

Ha. That is my understanding. But as long as they have access to a moist environment, they'll move when ready. I have stopped trying to fully understand why ants do what they do. Give them their gradient in heat and moisture, they will figure out the rest. :)
by PwnerPie
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: The Ant Graveyard
Topic: All of my antkeeping mistakes that led to a disaster!
Replies: 5
Views: 914

Re: All of my antkeeping mistakes that led to a disaster!

Leave the workers in there for a week or so. I had one in with one colony that was all curled up, swear it was dead. 1 week...7 days..later it was up running around with the rest. Regarding the queen, give it sugar and protein and she should be ok. FYI, your mistakes aren't that bad. You're doing fi...
by PwnerPie
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Advice for Camponotus Colony (Colony collapse?)
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: Advice for Camponotus Colony (Colony collapse?)

It can take them a week to wake up fully. If you forced them out of their old tubes they'll be messed up for a while as well. They should be fine. Give them time and food. Mine didn't start foraging for 3+ days
by PwnerPie
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: captivity
Replies: 6
Views: 1088

Re: captivity

maybe place it outside? That would be the only way, so they can fly based on the local weather. A few factors, need to ensure it stays a steady heat, and make sure predators can't come in and wreak your colony. It will be difficult, but not impossible! I plan to give it a shot when my colonies get ...
by PwnerPie
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Question about early colony care
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: Question about early colony care

Tape another fresh test tube to hers, leaving space for air, cotton helps. Definitely don't force her out, just need her to have access to water
by PwnerPie
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Should I end hibernation?
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: Should I end hibernation?

From my understanding, you need to let them hibernate 3 months, tho a test at formiculture states that 4 months was ideal. Up to you tho! I got impatient and took mine out after 3 this year. The campnotus and myrmica are all laying. The lasius and formica are not. May have been too soon for them