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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:53 am
by UnrealSparks
From my experience with different colonies I'd recommend to try again next year, even with stuff the absolutely dislike.
Once there'll be more members they'll be hungrier and will accept any kind of food more easily.

My C. Barbaricus periodically consume:
  • Dubia Roaches
  • Crickets
  • Protein Jelly
  • Spiders (occasionally, but they love them)
But they're not huge fans of mealworms.

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:56 pm
by CANant
UnrealSparks wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:53 am
From my experience with different colonies I'd recommend to try again next year, even with stuff the absolutely dislike.
Once there'll be more members they'll be hungrier and will accept any kind of food more easily.

My C. Barbaricus periodically consume:
  • Dubia Roaches
  • Crickets
  • Protein Jelly
  • Spiders (occasionally, but they love them)
But they're not huge fans of mealworms.
I think you’re right. I will definitely try everything again next year. I still can’t bring myself to have roaches haha. I plan to purchase some wingless fruit flies next year and protein jelly. I have super worms but they aren’t interested in anyway I try preparing them.

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:30 pm
by CANant
Just a little update. That last pupae did enclose but she sadly didn’t make it. 1st loss of a worker :(
Anyway on a positive note: my colony is in diapause and has been since November. I slowly dropped their temperature by moving them to a colder part of the house. It was at 14 degrees Celsius pretty consistently and when it started to drop to 12-13 I moved them to a small wine cooler I have. It’s staying between 7-10 degrees Celsius on the warmest setting. They are all doing very well so far and I peak in on them weekly and add water and a drop of nectar as needed. Today I pulled them out to take a quick picture. They started moving antennae or twitching legs and couple of the workers got up. Hopefully it’s cold enough for them but I’m happy to see they are all alive. They are typically piled together. Eggs on the bottom, queen in the middle and all workers are surrounding and on top of her. They seem to be depositing their waste to the right of where they are (tiny brownish liquid drops). I go in with a cotton swab and clean it up if there’s a lot.

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Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:50 pm
by JustABitAntsy
CANant wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:30 pm
Just a little update. That last pupae did enclose but she sadly didn’t make it. 1st loss of a worker :(
Anyway on a positive note: my colony is in diapause and has been since November. I slowly dropped their temperature by moving them to a colder part of the house. It was at 14 degrees Celsius pretty consistently and when it started to drop to 12-13 I moved them to a small wine cooler I have. It’s staying between 7-10 degrees Celsius on the warmest setting. They are all doing very well so far and I peak in on them weekly and add water and a drop of nectar as needed. Today I pulled them out to take a quick picture. They started moving antennae or twitching legs and couple of the workers got up. Hopefully it’s cold enough for them but I’m happy to see they are all alive. They are typically piled together. Eggs on the bottom, queen in the middle and all workers are surrounding and on top of her. They seem to be depositing their waste to the right of where they are (tiny brownish liquid drops). I go in with a cotton swab and clean it up if there’s a lot.

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good to see they are doing well also sorry for your first worker loss

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:14 pm
by CANant
good to see they are doing well also sorry for your first worker loss
Thank you. It was pretty late in the season and I did stress them because I moved them to a clean test tube so I’m sure that was the main reason for it.

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:50 pm
by ArizonanAnts
CANant wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:14 pm

Thank you. It was pretty late in the season and I did stress them because I moved them to a clean test tube so I’m sure that was the main reason for it.
How were you able to move them? As in what did you do exactly?

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:56 pm
by CANant
I use the AC test tube and portal setup right now. I first tried to get them to move to another tube attached to the portal by covering the clean one and exposing the dirty one that they were in to light. That didn’t work. I tried to add a bit of higher heat (closely monitoring them) and they only moved to the other side of the tube. Haha
So I then disconnected both tubes from the portal and taped them together with electrical tape. Covered the clean one and exposed the dirty one to light and voila, all moved within 10 mins. The queen has a hard time moving in the test tube though. It seems too slippery for her to get a grip with her legs. I’m trying to think of ways I can help that. I found a larger test tube I may try to move them into after diapause. I’ll also have to figure out how to attach it to the portal since it is too big and none of the attachments fit it. I’m thinking a small piece of tubing will work if I have the right size.

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:33 pm
by ArizonanAnts
CANant wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:56 pm
I use the AC test tube and portal setup right now. I first tried to get them to move to another tube attached to the portal by covering the clean one and exposing the dirty one that they were in to light. That didn’t work. I tried to add a bit of higher heat (closely monitoring them) and they only moved to the other side of the tube. Haha
So I then disconnected both tubes from the portal and taped them together with electrical tape. Covered the clean one and exposed the dirty one to light and voila, all moved within 10 mins. The queen has a hard time moving in the test tube though. It seems too slippery for her to get a grip with her legs. I’m trying to think of ways I can help that. I found a larger test tube I may try to move them into after diapause. I’ll also have to figure out how to attach it to the portal since it is too big and none of the attachments fit it. I’m thinking a small piece of tubing will work if I have the right size.
I will try that. Thank you :)

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:13 pm
by CANant
ArizonanAnts wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:33 pm
CANant wrote:
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:56 pm
I use the AC test tube and portal setup right now. I first tried to get them to move to another tube attached to the portal by covering the clean one and exposing the dirty one that they were in to light. That didn’t work. I tried to add a bit of higher heat (closely monitoring them) and they only moved to the other side of the tube. Haha
So I then disconnected both tubes from the portal and taped them together with electrical tape. Covered the clean one and exposed the dirty one to light and voila, all moved within 10 mins. The queen has a hard time moving in the test tube though. It seems too slippery for her to get a grip with her legs. I’m trying to think of ways I can help that. I found a larger test tube I may try to move them into after diapause. I’ll also have to figure out how to attach it to the portal since it is too big and none of the attachments fit it. I’m thinking a small piece of tubing will work if I have the right size.
I will try that. Thank you :)
No problem! If they don’t move with light alone just add heat to the dirty tube. Not too much but enough to make them move away from it. Watch them closely to make sure you don’t cook them in the event they still refuse to move. Otherwise you’ll be fine and shouldn’t have trouble. Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:02 pm
by CANant
Hi everyone!
I’m happy to report my colony is officially out of diapause! All are alive and doing well..brood included! I’m so happy and relieved.
Here’s a little update with pictures and videos (follow links).

**Please note: Imgur only allows 50 images/videos per folder so I have created a part 1 and a part 2.

To continue from the point after they entered diapause go to Part 1 and scroll down to February 23 and then check out part 2.
If you are new to my journal you can easily catch up from the beginning in Part 1.

Feedback, questions and comments are always welcome! Enjoy!

Part 1:
https://imgur.com/a/2kTk38Y

Part 2:
https://imgur.com/a/zQYRk90