My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

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CANant
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64868Post CANant
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:40 am

UnrealSparks wrote:
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
Hello UnrealSparks and thank you for your reply. Your post does make me feel a bit more at ease. If all my workers make it through and more importantly the Queen, I will have a great start to next spring. 🤞🏻🙏🏻🍀
It’s going to be the longest winter yet I think haha 😉
Keeper of: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus x 3
2 at founding stage, the 3rd has 60+ workers

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64887Post UnrealSparks
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:17 am

CANant wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:40 am

Hello UnrealSparks and thank you for your reply. Your post does make me feel a bit more at ease. If all my workers make it through and more importantly the Queen, I will have a great start to next spring. 🤞🏻🙏🏻🍀
It’s going to be the longest winter yet I think haha 😉
Ahahaha I bet, but once your colony will grow by the hundreds you'll be thankful for such a break. :lol:
Keeping the following colonies:
  • [2x] Camponotus Barbaricus
  • [2x] Lasius Flavus

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64889Post CANant
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:52 am

UnrealSparks wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:17 am
CANant wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:40 am

Hello UnrealSparks and thank you for your reply. Your post does make me feel a bit more at ease. If all my workers make it through and more importantly the Queen, I will have a great start to next spring. 🤞🏻🙏🏻🍀
It’s going to be the longest winter yet I think haha 😉
Ahahaha I bet, but once your colony will grow by the hundreds you'll be thankful for such a break. :lol:
Haha I bet. People think it’s crazy I only have 1 colony. I’m sure it will keep me busy enough.
Keeper of: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus x 3
2 at founding stage, the 3rd has 60+ workers

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

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64906Post Hawkeye
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:54 am

CANant wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:52 am
UnrealSparks wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:17 am
CANant wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:40 am

Hello UnrealSparks and thank you for your reply. Your post does make me feel a bit more at ease. If all my workers make it through and more importantly the Queen, I will have a great start to next spring. 🤞🏻🙏🏻🍀
It’s going to be the longest winter yet I think haha 😉
Ahahaha I bet, but once your colony will grow by the hundreds you'll be thankful for such a break. :lol:
Haha I bet. People think it’s crazy I only have 1 colony. I’m sure it will keep me busy enough.
I wouldn't want to start with more than one either! :D :D :D

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64929Post UnrealSparks
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:38 am

CANant wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:52 am
Haha I bet. People think it’s crazy I only have 1 colony. I’m sure it will keep me busy enough.
Indeed it will... don't make my same mistake starting off with many more and then realizing how fast they can actually grow... :?
Furthermore it can be more enjoyable to tend to a single one, watching them develop through each stage and keeping their numbers mentally without being distracted by others.
Keeping the following colonies:
  • [2x] Camponotus Barbaricus
  • [2x] Lasius Flavus

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64930Post CANant
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:26 am

UnrealSparks wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:38 am
CANant wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:52 am
Haha I bet. People think it’s crazy I only have 1 colony. I’m sure it will keep me busy enough.
Indeed it will... don't make my same mistake starting off with many more and then realizing how fast they can actually grow... :?
Furthermore it can be more enjoyable to tend to a single one, watching them develop through each stage and keeping their numbers mentally without being distracted by others.
That’s exactly how I am looking at it. I know they will grow into the 100s+ quick enough. I will have to add more outworlds for sure and from my research they usually have quite a few satellite nests so I will definitely need more formicarium's as they grow. That will take up quite a bit of space on their own. Although it would be awesome, not everyone can have an ”Ant Room” and staff to help look after them all right. 😉
Keeper of: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus x 3
2 at founding stage, the 3rd has 60+ workers

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64980Post CANant
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:19 pm

Oh wow! Do you see what I see??!! Just when you think that’s it for the season. Yep! That’s another pupae on the top of the cluster of larvae. She’s tiny but I’m not surprised because they haven’t been eating much protein.

Image
Keeper of: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus x 3
2 at founding stage, the 3rd has 60+ workers

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

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JustABitAntsy
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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 64981Post JustABitAntsy
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:11 pm

CANant wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:19 pm
Oh wow! Do you see what I see??!! Just when you think that’s it for the season. Yep! That’s another pupae on the top of the cluster of larvae. She’s tiny but I’m not surprised because they haven’t been eating much protein.

Image
wow that's awesome! 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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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 65004Post UnrealSparks
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:49 am

CANant wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:19 pm
Oh wow! Do you see what I see??!! Just when you think that’s it for the season. Yep! That’s another pupae on the top of the cluster of larvae. She’s tiny but I’m not surprised because they haven’t been eating much protein.

Image
They've definitely been busy! :lol:
And looking at that larvae pile it's already looking good for spring. :)
Mine are still producing pupae too, I'll be waiting a little bit more, but not too much.
Keeping the following colonies:
  • [2x] Camponotus Barbaricus
  • [2x] Lasius Flavus

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Post: # 65005Post UnrealSparks
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:52 am

UnrealSparks wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:49 am
CANant wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:19 pm
Oh wow! Do you see what I see??!! Just when you think that’s it for the season. Yep! That’s another pupae on the top of the cluster of larvae. She’s tiny but I’m not surprised because they haven’t been eating much protein.

Image
They've definitely been busy! :lol:
And looking at that larvae pile it's already looking good for spring. :)

Mine are still producing pupae too, I'll be waiting a little bit more, but not too much.
I could post a photo or two if anybody would be interested.
Keeping the following colonies:
  • [2x] Camponotus Barbaricus
  • [2x] Lasius Flavus

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