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TomvANTol
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Campo pennsylvanicus feeding help

Post: # 71870Post TomvANTol
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:35 pm

Hi everybody I’m new to the crew and I am excited to share my progress of my first ant colony. I have a question about feeding. What is a good feeding schedule. I am leaving for a week for camping this Wednesday, and my workers are almost here. I was wondering if leaving them un-fed for a week is ok or do they need food more frequently. They may not hatch before then, but it doesn’t hurt to know. They have been in a cacoon stage for a while now and they are soon to become pupae. Another question, how long does the pupae stage last? Thanks

oreoisakitty
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Post: # 71877Post oreoisakitty
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:29 pm

I'm happy to say that my C. us-ca02 has got it's first nanitic. I'll be posting pictures on journal soon.
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Hawkeye
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Post: # 71893Post Hawkeye
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:16 am

SYUTEO wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:14 am
Are too many springtails in an ant tank harmful for my ants? (Apologize if it is a stupid question, I never seen thousands of springtails in an ant tank before)
No they're not. The ants might actually hunt them, or try to chase them away if they find them a nuisance, but they're actually a benefical addition. As long as your ants can get to any prey animals before the springtails do, you've got nothing to worry about.

Hawkeye
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Re: Campo pennsylvanicus feeding help

Post: # 71894Post Hawkeye
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:18 am

TomvANTol wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:35 pm
Hi everybody I’m new to the crew and I am excited to share my progress of my first ant colony. I have a question about feeding. What is a good feeding schedule. I am leaving for a week for camping this Wednesday, and my workers are almost here. I was wondering if leaving them un-fed for a week is ok or do they need food more frequently. They may not hatch before then, but it doesn’t hurt to know. They have been in a cacoon stage for a while now and they are soon to become pupae. Another question, how long does the pupae stage last? Thanks
First of all, enjoy your camping trip! Second, remember you can feed your queen as well, who can then feed the nanitics from her social stomach. As long as your ants have access to sugar water or another sugar-rich food source, they'll probably be fine.

Hawkeye
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Post: # 71895Post Hawkeye
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:21 am

oreoisakitty wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:29 pm
I'm happy to say that my C. us-ca02 has got it's first nanitic. I'll be posting pictures on journal soon.
Cool! Looking forward to see the pictures. Have you compared the nanitic to other pictures to confirm our suspicion?

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Post: # 71896Post Hawkeye
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:22 am

GabrielsAnts wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 2:20 pm
I iam in Utah and have started to colonies of the Camponotus crew , Herculeanus and a Pennsylvanicus . If you are in Utah and need a few queens , winged or wingless let me know and my Dad will help me out. I look forward to reading this thread. Hello from Gabriel 👋
Welcome to the Crew Gabriel!

oreoisakitty
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Post: # 71897Post oreoisakitty
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:11 am

Hawkeye wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:21 am
oreoisakitty wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:29 pm
I'm happy to say that my C. us-ca02 has got it's first nanitic. I'll be posting pictures on journal soon.
Cool! Looking forward to see the pictures. Have you compared the nanitic to other pictures to confirm our suspicion?
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She sure looks like a paler version of the normal workers.
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TomvANTol
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Post: # 71912Post TomvANTol
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:10 pm

Thanks hawkeye. To all the keepers of pennslyanicus, what size test tubes do you use if you do? I am most likely going to order some 20mm diameter 150mm length, but I was wondering if that is too small, as they are quite large?

QJH2023
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Post: # 71915Post QJH2023
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:26 pm

TomvANTol wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:10 pm
Thanks hawkeye. To all the keepers of pennslyanicus, what size test tubes do you use if you do? I am most likely going to order some 20mm diameter 150mm length, but I was wondering if that is too small, as they are quite large?
I use 16mmx150mm
keeper of: 41xCamponotus novaeboracensis, Crematogaster spp. and unidentified species and tapinoma sessile

EmberMan
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Post: # 71916Post EmberMan
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:05 pm

Hawkeye wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:32 pm
EmberMan wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:06 pm
Hello!

I am new to ant keeping and I have caught 4 queens which I believe are Camponotus pennsylvanicus. I’ve had them in test tube setups for about 5 weeks now, and 3 of them have eggs. I’ve only checked on them about once a week, but I have not really noticed a change in size of the eggs. They may be slightly more oval than when they started though. Wondering if this is normal or if the change in size at this point should be more noticeable. Any help would be appreciated!

Thank you:)
It may take upto 2,5 months for the eggs to develop, depending on the conditions, so yeah that's normal.

Try offering your queens a droplet of honey ajd then leave them alone, without checking up on them for at least 3 weeksm
Okay, I'll give that a go and keep you updated!

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