Carpenter Ant nest transfer

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mcarney51
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Carpenter Ant nest transfer

Post: # 68439Post mcarney51
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:57 pm

Hello, my son and I just found a carpenter ant nest in hibernation. We collected various types of ants including drones, workers, and new queens (winged). Despite thoroughly looking, we were unable to identify the original queen although we have two small pieces of wood with nesting chambers that we are hopeful may hold her.
We want to keep this colony as pets but are unsure of what set up to provide. We do have two aquariums that could be converted but, again, are unsure of the setup necessary.

Please help!

~Marcie.

Lebenet
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Re: Carpenter Ant nest transfer

Post: # 68442Post Lebenet
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:33 am

The Camponotus can be polydomous, meaning that one colony, with only one queen, can build several nests ; so, you can't be sure that the queen of this colony is in your nest.

Just an advice : don't keep this mature colony, just wait for the nuptial flight, and begin a colony with a single queen. It's really more satisfying.

mcarney51
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Re: Carpenter Ant nest transfer

Post: # 68448Post mcarney51
Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:15 am

Thanks Lebenet.
We have actually captured two queens in the past and put them into test tubes. The first died after producing a few eggs. The second produced a single worker. I built a formicarium for them but they also died before transfer. Very disappointing!

We do have new queens and drones in our captured nest. I understand they require specific conditions to "fly". Is there a way we can contrive this and force a mating flight?

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Re: Carpenter Ant nest transfer

Post: # 68450Post Lebenet
Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:18 pm

We do have new queens and drones in our captured nest. I understand they require specific conditions to "fly". Is there a way we can contrive this and force a mating flight?
They will not mate if they was of the same colony.

The way to obtain a captive fly is increase the humidity and heat of the nest and outworld at the fly period of the specie... But it doesn't always work.

mcarney51
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Re: Carpenter Ant nest transfer

Post: # 68455Post mcarney51
Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:55 pm

Thanks!

So, we found red carpenter ant drones. Will they mate? or do they need to be of the same species?

Also, in the red carpenter ant nest we found 6 wingless queens (large size, large thorax, scars on thorax) as well as many winged drones. There were only winged drones and one winged queen. Are these queens mated? We are hoping to test tube them (individually).

mcarney51
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Re: Carpenter Ant nest transfer

Post: # 68474Post mcarney51
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:10 am

So, we test tubed 3 queens with some of the eggs we found and 2 workers. Excited to see what happens!

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