Need help identifying a queen and what to do

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Jetjones
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Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60378Post Jetjones
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:01 pm

Hey everybody!

New user here. I have been watching the AntsCanada youtube channel for a while now and began to be interested to start a colony of my own.

I happenned to find a queen on a trip to Quebec city and was wondering if you could help me to identify its species and what to do next. I don’t have a test tube handy, can I used something else as substitute?

Thanks for your help!

https://ibb.co/pZdJY04

Jetjones
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Re: Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60380Post Jetjones
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:28 pm

After a quick research, I assume it’s a carpenter queen?

Camponotus
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Re: Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60382Post Camponotus
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:11 pm

It is

Jetjones
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Re: Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60388Post Jetjones
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:10 pm

Camponotus wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:11 pm
It is
Sweet! Thanks. I had contacted vendors thru AntsCanada and they were only selling smaller species. Glad I came across this queen by chance!

I guess I will watch informative videos on that species now. If you have any advices on how to process it would be much appreciated :)

Hawkeye
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Re: Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60393Post Hawkeye
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:40 pm

Jetjones wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:10 pm
Camponotus wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:11 pm
It is
Sweet! Thanks. I had contacted vendors thru AntsCanada and they were only selling smaller species. Glad I came across this queen by chance!

I guess I will watch informative videos on that species now. If you have any advices on how to process it would be much appreciated :)
My best guess is Camponotus pennsylvanicus for more info see https://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Camponotus_pennsylvanicus
Check out my plans for a self-sustaining biotope for my Carpenter ants: https://youtu.be/5SRjM9vNY5Y & https://youtu.be/rnevis0JyhA
Follow my progress on:
https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?t=14842

Jetjones
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Re: Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60396Post Jetjones
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:18 pm

Thanks, that’s what I thought.

Now, I want to give her a home as quick as possible because I know how long this specie takes to grow and do not have test tubes nor cotton balls at hand. Right now it’s sitting in a small pill bottle but what I do have handy is a 3inches (1inch diameter) plastic tube and some cotton pads. Would that be a good start for my queen?

I was thinking to shred the cotton pads to make them less thick. I would appreciate your input before doing anything!

If it is not a possibility, where do you suggest I keep her until I find a tube and cotton balls?

Thank you!

https://ibb.co/31cNhv3

Jetjones
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Re: Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60401Post Jetjones
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:49 pm

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Hawkeye
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Re: Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60403Post Hawkeye
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:54 pm

Jetjones wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:18 pm
Thanks, that’s what I thought.

Now, I want to give her a home as quick as possible because I know how long this specie takes to grow and do not have test tubes nor cotton balls at hand. Right now it’s sitting in a small pill bottle but what I do have handy is a 3inches (1inch diameter) plastic tube and some cotton pads. Would that be a good start for my queen?

I was thinking to shred the cotton pads to make them less thick. I would appreciate your input before doing anything!

If it is not a possibility, where do you suggest I keep her until I find a tube and cotton balls?

Thank you!

https://ibb.co/31cNhv3

I think that will do just fine, as long as the cotton wil keep the water from flooding the entire tube. If she's indeed a carpenter queen she's fully claustral and won't need any sustenance until she feeds her first offspring. So I would recommend you keep her where she is, put her in the dark and then order a tube from the AntsCanada website...
Check out my plans for a self-sustaining biotope for my Carpenter ants: https://youtu.be/5SRjM9vNY5Y & https://youtu.be/rnevis0JyhA
Follow my progress on:
https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?t=14842

Jetjones
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Re: Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60419Post Jetjones
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:33 pm

Thanks! Will keep you guys posted ;)

Hawkeye
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Re: Need help identifying a queen and what to do

Post: # 60445Post Hawkeye
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:42 am

Jetjones wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:33 pm
Thanks! Will keep you guys posted ;)
I have 2 carpenter queens myself, would be good to exchange notes... Check out what I plan to build for them
Check out my plans for a self-sustaining biotope for my Carpenter ants: https://youtu.be/5SRjM9vNY5Y & https://youtu.be/rnevis0JyhA
Follow my progress on:
https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?t=14842

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