My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64723Post ArizonanAnts
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:44 pm

Shawnstevens2003 wrote:
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!
Hello. Don't worry, those are some very valid questions. When you catch a queen you should put her in a test tube to simulate her claustral chamber in the real world. Once she has about 20 to 50 workers, this is all depending on the size of the species, you should then be able to move them to a bigger setup. If you want to learn more go to the AntsCanada website and look for the FAQ's they could help.

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64724Post CANant
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:11 pm

Thanks ArazonanAnts for answering that question. They’re definitely great questions Shawnstevens2003!
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64731Post CANant
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:33 am

Sorry correction on my typo *ArizonanAnts
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64737Post ArizonanAnts
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:41 am

CANant wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:33 am
Sorry correction on my typo *ArizonanAnts
Don't worry. lol. Happens right?
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64748Post JustABitAntsy
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:23 am

CANant wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:33 am
Sorry correction on my typo *ArizonanAnts
CAN is this your only colony?
New antkeeper in Virginia currently doesn’t have a colony plan to start next Spring :lol:

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64755Post CANant
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:23 pm

Yes actually. Unfortunately I don’t have much time to spare so one for now is great. :)
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64861Post CANant
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:14 am

Well it’s getting cold here in Ontario, Canada. I will be pulling the heat gradually over the next week to help lower their temperature and prep them for their diapause. They have a good sized pile of larvae at different instar stages but none seem to developing further. They are refusing most of the protein but dragged a fly into the nesting tube the other day, however, don’t seem to be consuming it. Gasters are bulging full of water/sugar water. I have a wine cooler fridge set to the warmest temperature I can. I have been actively monitoring the temperature all summer/fall and seems to be holding at 8-10 degrees C. It’s definitely not dropping under 5 degrees C. Hopefully they do well with that. This is the nerve-racking part for me since I have never made it further than this point in my past ant keeping attempts (mostly because of my ignorance and I’m feeling more confident because of what I have learned since). They have done so well to this point and it would be very unfortunate to loose them over the winter.
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64862Post CANant
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:26 am

Well it’s getting cold here in Ontario, Canada.
I definitely see 13, maybe 14 workers.
There are quite a few larvae at different instar stages that don’t seem to be developing further. They are refusing most of the protein but dragged a fly into the nesting tube the other day, however, don’t seem to be consuming it.
They are already loading their gasters full of water and sugar water that will sustain them over the winter.

Time to start planning and preparing them for their diapause.

I will be pulling the heat gradually over the next week to help lower their temperature and prep them for their diapause.

I have a wine cooler fridge set to the warmest temperature I can. I have been actively monitoring the temperature all summer/fall and seems to be holding at 8-10 degrees C. It’s definitely not dropping under 5 degrees C. Hopefully they do well with that.

This is the nerve-racking part for me since I have never made it further than this point in my past ant keeping attempts (mostly because of my ignorance and I’m feeling more confident because of what I have learned since). They have done so well to this point and it would be very unfortunate to loose them over the winter.

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64863Post CANant
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:28 am

Sorry for the almost identical post. I was having connection issues and didn’t think it posted so I rewrote it. Unfortunately I can’t delete the 1st one :(
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64867Post UnrealSparks
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:59 am

CANant wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:28 am
Sorry for the almost identical post. I was having connection issues and didn’t think it posted so I rewrote it. Unfortunately I can’t delete the 1st one :(
Don't worry, it's not a big deal. :)

By the way, a temperature between 8-10 °C is perfect, there is nothing you should be afraid of. Just make sure they always have a clean water supply during the whole winter and you're good.

Last winter I hibernated my Camponotus Barbaricus colonies for the first time at around 12 °C and everything went smoothly.
Oh, and the best part is they started in spring with 8 workers and exploded ever since. I'm now probably at around 50-60 workers with plenty of eggs ready for the next spring! :D
Keeping the following colonies:
  • [2x] Camponotus Barbaricus
  • [2x] Lasius Flavus

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