My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

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CANant
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Location: Paris, Ontario

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64220Post CANant
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:21 am

Hawkeye wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:51 pm
CANant wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Quick update on my colony. My 10th nanitic enclosed yesterday! So glad I didn’t cook them all. I have another ready to enclose. Mmm guessing in the next 2-3 days. It’s the largest pupae yet! Excited to see how big she will be. I’ll post more in the next few days. Plus I’ll share some of my new purchases (sadly not new ants so don’t get to excited!
I'm guessing your colony will no longer produce nanitics, but regular workers instead.
Yes I think you are right. 😊
Keeper of: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus x 2
1 at founding stage, the other has 60+ workers

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sartwell90
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Location: South East Michigan

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64262Post sartwell90
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:04 am

CANant wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Quick update on my colony. My 10th nanitic enclosed yesterday! So glad I didn’t cook them all. I have another ready to enclose. Mmm guessing in the next 2-3 days. It’s the largest pupae yet! Excited to see how big she will be. I’ll post more in the next few days. Plus I’ll share some of my new purchases (sadly not new ants so don’t get to excited!
So awesome! My Nova colony is already getting ready to chill for winter (heh). I'm wondering what time your colony is gonna wind down? The night time temperatures here are starting to get to diapause levels!
Check out my colonies! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDze5idJomnpRCpvd3QoAFA
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CANant
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64264Post CANant
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:22 am

I think they are finishing with their pupae development and I will see them start after that. I have been using the heat cable again but they are not on it and I only turn it on for small periods and off at night. It seems to help and then I don’t worry as much.
Keeper of: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus x 2
1 at founding stage, the other has 60+ workers

Check out their progress: https://imgur.com/user/CANant

Follow my journal:
https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?t=15741

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CANant
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64334Post CANant
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:48 am

Sept 21 - That’s it!! The last pupae enclosed yesterday or today. That brings an end to the founding stage and brings the colony up to 12 workers! The remaining brood are larvae and eggs. Now the colony will be preparing for diapause (hibernation). They will fill their gasters as full as they can and the eggs will develop into larvae. Then they will go into diapause for the winter (3-5 months). The larvae won’t develop further until the spring.

See her next to the queen?! She’s almost double the size of the nanitics and half the size of the queen!

Image
Keeper of: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus x 2
1 at founding stage, the other has 60+ workers

Check out their progress: https://imgur.com/user/CANant

Follow my journal:
https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?t=15741

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sartwell90
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Location: South East Michigan

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64402Post sartwell90
Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:58 am

CANant wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:48 am
Sept 21 - That’s it!! The last pupae enclosed yesterday or today. That brings an end to the founding stage and brings the colony up to 12 workers! The remaining brood are larvae and eggs. Now the colony will be preparing for diapause (hibernation). They will fill their gasters as full as they can and the eggs will develop into larvae. Then they will go into diapause for the winter (3-5 months). The larvae won’t develop further until the spring.

See her next to the queen?! She’s almost double the size of the nanitics and half the size of the queen!

Image
Beautiful queen and ants, CANant! I love how polymorphic carpenter ants are!
If you think those size differences are neat, just wait til next year! Diapause might kill me from suspense. :P
Check out my colonies! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDze5idJomnpRCpvd3QoAFA
Or, if you would rather read about them check here - https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?p=60680#p60680

JustABitAntsy
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Location: Virginia

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64455Post JustABitAntsy
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:29 pm

CANant wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:48 am
Sept 21 - That’s it!! The last pupae enclosed yesterday or today. That brings an end to the founding stage and brings the colony up to 12 workers! The remaining brood are larvae and eggs. Now the colony will be preparing for diapause (hibernation). They will fill their gasters as full as they can and the eggs will develop into larvae. Then they will go into diapause for the winter (3-5 months). The larvae won’t develop further until the spring.

See her next to the queen?! She’s almost double the size of the nanitics and half the size of the queen!

Image
wow that's amazing congrats!
New antkeeper in Virginia currently doesn’t have a colony plan to start next Spring :lol:
x2 Camponatus Americanus queens/need further identification
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ArizonanAnts
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64495Post ArizonanAnts
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:06 pm

Hey CANant! That's super awesome that you have so many ants!! BTW another CC member following your progress! Really excited to hear your ants progress. :D :D
Keeper of
1 Forelius Pruinosus
Queen Name: Azucar Forelia
Founding Stage - 2 Workers, 0 Pupae, 0 Larvae, 8-12 Eggs.

Queen Forelia just laid a new clutch! I have hope

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CANant
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64499Post CANant
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:53 pm

Hey ArizonanAnts!
That’s great the more the merrier!

Hello JustABitAntsy!
Thank you! BTW I love your name!

Thank you for following everyone!

So looks like they’re not done like I thought...I now have 13 workers. It’s getting hard to count.
Most of the brood is not seen in this image but I’m still amazed how many there are.
I was able to fix the overheating issue a bit. I’m able to leave the heat cable on all day and I think they are loving it.

Image
Keeper of: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus x 2
1 at founding stage, the other has 60+ workers

Check out their progress: https://imgur.com/user/CANant

Follow my journal:
https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?t=15741

🐜❤️

JustABitAntsy
Posts: 118
Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:10 pm
Location: Virginia

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64518Post JustABitAntsy
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:21 pm

CANant wrote:
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:53 pm
Hey ArizonanAnts!
That’s great the more the merrier!

Hello JustABitAntsy!
Thank you! BTW I love your name!

Thank you for following everyone!

So looks like they’re not done like I thought...I now have 13 workers. It’s getting hard to count.
Most of the brood is not seen in this image but I’m still amazed how many there are.
I was able to fix the overheating issue a bit. I’m able to leave the heat cable on all day and I think they are loving it.

Image
Congrats can't wait to continue watching the colony grow from your posts :D
New antkeeper in Virginia currently doesn’t have a colony plan to start next Spring :lol:
x2 Camponatus Americanus queens/need further identification
Join the Forelius Clan https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=15975

Shawnstevens2003
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Location: Michigan

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64722Post Shawnstevens2003
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:06 pm

I'm just learning so please excuse this ignorant question but when will they be ready or when will you move them to a bigger setup?

Should they always start in a test tube setup?

Thank you for your help!

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