Carpenter ants starter colomy

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Tarzan2319
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Carpenter ants starter colomy

Post: # 65169Post Tarzan2319
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:39 pm

So I had found a queen on the a ground and set her up in a test tube. She didn't do much but she laid one egg and it hatched out but currently she is no longer laying eggs or anything and I was wondering if there is anything I can do, like give her certain foods or what I can do?

antlover21
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Re: Carpenter ants starter colomy

Post: # 65174Post antlover21
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:45 pm

When did you catch her?

Hawkeye
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Re: Carpenter ants starter colomy

Post: # 65287Post Hawkeye
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:29 am

Tarzan2319 wrote:
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:39 pm
So I had found a queen on the a ground and set her up in a test tube. She didn't do much but she laid one egg and it hatched out but currently she is no longer laying eggs or anything and I was wondering if there is anything I can do, like give her certain foods or what I can do?
Hi there!

Carpenter queens lay eggs in batches, they need to 'recharge' in between. Depending on your location she might be preparing for hibernation in which case she likely won't lay any eggs until after she wakes up in February or early March.
Another possibility is that she's short on proteins. Try feeding her a bit of boiled egg white covered with some honey. (Don't use the yolk as it will disintegrate and spread everywhere in your tube)

Feel free to join our Camponotus Crew thread if you'd like to exchange experiences and ideas with other Carpenter ant keepers.

Tarzan2319
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Re: Carpenter ants starter colomy

Post: # 65496Post Tarzan2319
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:57 pm

Hey thanks Hawkeye. I am new to ant keeping so I've been doing research and i believe she is going into hibernation

Hawkeye
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Re: Carpenter ants starter colomy

Post: # 65517Post Hawkeye
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:06 am

Tarzan2319 wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:57 pm
Hey thanks Hawkeye. I am new to ant keeping so I've been doing research and i believe she is going into hibernation
No problem

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