Camponotus pennsylvanicus

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AntsRus420
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Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Post: # 48641Post AntsRus420
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:51 pm

I just caught a camponotus pennsylvanicus queen in my back yard this morning. How do i know if she's mated or not she still has her wings? Is it rare to find queens of this species this late in season?

CDColgate
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Re: Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Post: # 48642Post CDColgate
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:47 pm

Good afternoon. I am new as well, but have an armchair knowledge from my research. In my probably wrong opinion, it is awfully late for that species, but I dont know where you are located. That said, catching a queen elate with wings doesn't necessarily signify anything. Assuming she is properly ID'd and claustral, test tube setups work well and give it time. Use the tutorial videos found here.

AntsRus420
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Re: Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Post: # 48644Post AntsRus420
Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:08 pm

I live in the Chicago area, and I already have her in test tube set up...... :o as I'm typing this I just spotted another queen wow

CDColgate
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Re: Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Post: # 48645Post CDColgate
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:07 pm

Congrats! All the local Camponotus are slow growers, so take 2 to 4 years to grow to a mature colony with majors.

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