Camponotus

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Granpa
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Camponotus

Post: # 52597Post Granpa
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:19 pm

Hi my name is Greg
I have a Queen Camponotus that I caught 10 months ago. She’s going great laying eggs and hatching, but the numbers don’t seem to be growing much, why would this be?
Am I able to introduce ants from another colony?
What are the best foods to feed the workers?
Cheers

AntsDakota
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Re: Camponotus

Post: # 52605Post AntsDakota
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:33 pm

Granpa wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:19 pm
Hi my name is Greg
I have a Queen Camponotus that I caught 10 months ago. She’s going great laying eggs and hatching, but the numbers don’t seem to be growing much, why would this be?
Am I able to introduce ants from another colony?
What are the best foods to feed the workers?
Cheers
Camponotus are very slow growers in the beginning. Their "growth spurt" happens at about year 2 or 3. And introducing alien ants could potentially cause an ant war.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

Granpa
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Re: Camponotus

Post: # 52620Post Granpa
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:04 pm

Thanks for the good information.
What about feeding and how often.
😀

AntsDakota
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Re: Camponotus

Post: # 52694Post AntsDakota
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:25 pm

Granpa wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:04 pm
Thanks for the good information.
What about feeding and how often.
😀
Ants' favorite food is honey. Feed them a drop of honey and a cricket leg once a week for now.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

Granpa
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Re: Camponotus

Post: # 52746Post Granpa
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:24 pm

Thank you 😊

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Re: Camponotus

Post: # 52879Post AntsDakota
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:06 pm

Just a note- keep increasing food the larger the colony gets. You could probably keep them on their currant diet until perhaps about 20 workers or so. Then feed them twice a week until say 50 workers. This should last a year or more, so you can ask me again if you haven't found out by that time.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

Granpa
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Re: Camponotus

Post: # 53553Post Granpa
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:23 pm

Hi
I need to provide warmth for the colony.
I have a Camponotus Hybrid Nest.
Should I use heat cable or heat mat?

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