Compo.Penn/Novae Care: Brood in Stassis?

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Compo.Penn/Novae Care: Brood in Stassis?

Post: # 72681Post AntheimrDev
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:34 pm

I have three Camponotus pennsylvanicus, one camponotus novaeboracensis.

My campos this summer seem to "stuck" as larva. The brood they had when they came out of hibernation/diapause all reached cocoons and hatched. The latest batches of eggs, which they have a significant amount of eggs, seem to be stuck as larva? Its been I think a month, maybe 2 since I first noticed that they may be kinda slow in developing.

During the winter they were all kept in a wine fridge at 5c and hibernated for about 4 months oct to feb, and took em out early march.

At first I worried that maybe they had been kept in too "dark" an area (my bedroom, but with the curtains closed most of the time) so I moved them over to the window part of my room, gave them a special shelf with lots of access to the sun and kept the curtains open, and have two lamps pointed at their general area; room temp is 28c usually.

I've been feeding a mix of cricket and superworms and they seem well fed; i've been giving some bits of apples to supplement sugar water. Originally I had little feeders, then I switched to test tubes but the sugar water test tube setup I've heard might've been a bad idea so I've switched back to the feeders.

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Re: Compo.Penn/Novae Care: Brood in Stassis?

Post: # 72718Post AntsLuxembourg
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:13 am


Well usually the ants prefer the dark. I could also imagine that their setup is not humid enough. Maybe add a little bit of water. Usually camponotus prefers it dry but they also like some areas a little humid.
On they mention that they have an average development time of 2 months. And Average means that it can be also more or less. I'd give them some more time with that. Not that you mistake the cocoons for larvae and the other way around or they are hidding their cocooned workers away while putting the larvae in the viewable area.

If their setup is big enough you could also place a small heating pad close to their nest or in a corner of it. But don't cover the whole nest with heating mats now.
Doing some proper research is the best way to start an antcolony.

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Founding colonies:
2 - Lasius Niger Colony
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