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AntDude2908
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Re: Worried about my queen

Post: # 67427Post AntDude2908
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:05 pm

Hawkeye wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:08 am
magicisreal wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:24 pm
I caught her on july 22, and she laid about six eggs within a couple of weeks of catching her. The only problem is, they're still eggs. They haven't grown, and she hasn't laid any more. I don't know what the problem is, does anyone have an idea? She's a black carpenter ant as far as I can see, if that's any help!
Hi there!

First of all, do you have any pics of your queen? We might be able to help you identify her if you don't know her species. Generally speaking the larger the ant, the longer it takes for the eggs to develop. For my Camponotus species it could be up to 12 weeks. It does however require an environment that is suited for their development. You might want to try a heating mat, to raise the temperature to about 24 degrees Celsius.

With hibernation approaching quickly, pretty much all you can do is hope for the best and pray to the Ant Gods for your eggs to survive the winter. Then at the end of February or early March, start to gradually increase the temperature. For now make sure you feed your queen. She'll likely prefer sugars at this point and will neglect proteins but who knows. Try offering some cooked egg whites covered in honey.

Then settle her somewhere like a basement with stable 'cold' temperatures between 5-10 degrees Celsius.
It should never take a Camponotus queen 12 weeks to get workers... If that is indeed true, you are doing something terribly wrong.
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Hawkeye
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Re: Worried about my queen

Post: # 67476Post Hawkeye
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:00 am

Well nanitics take less time

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Re: Worried about my queen

Post: # 67502Post NKantsalberta
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:38 am

AntDude2908 wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:05 pm
Hawkeye wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:08 am
magicisreal wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:24 pm
I caught her on july 22, and she laid about six eggs within a couple of weeks of catching her. The only problem is, they're still eggs. They haven't grown, and she hasn't laid any more. I don't know what the problem is, does anyone have an idea? She's a black carpenter ant as far as I can see, if that's any help!
Hi there!

First of all, do you have any pics of your queen? We might be able to help you identify her if you don't know her species. Generally speaking the larger the ant, the longer it takes for the eggs to develop. For my Camponotus species it could be up to 12 weeks. It does however require an environment that is suited for their development. You might want to try a heating mat, to raise the temperature to about 24 degrees Celsius.

With hibernation approaching quickly, pretty much all you can do is hope for the best and pray to the Ant Gods for your eggs to survive the winter. Then at the end of February or early March, start to gradually increase the temperature. For now make sure you feed your queen. She'll likely prefer sugars at this point and will neglect proteins but who knows. Try offering some cooked egg whites covered in honey.

Then settle her somewhere like a basement with stable 'cold' temperatures between 5-10 degrees Celsius.
It should never take a Camponotus queen 12 weeks to get workers... If that is indeed true, you are doing something terribly wrong.
All Camponotus I have caught in the spring/early summer did not have their first nanitics until the following year. large brood piles mind you, but no workers or even pupae until after hibernation. This was even with a heated environment. I gave a small amount of honey after they exited hibernation. After the first winter, successful hatchings and quick growth,
Raising 3x Camponotus novaeboracensis, 2x Formica sp, 2x Lasius sp.

AntDude2908
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Re: Worried about my queen

Post: # 67580Post AntDude2908
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:53 pm

Hawkeye wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:00 am
Well nanitics take less time
Nanitics (in Camponotus especially) take up to 2 weeks longer to reach maturity than workers produced after founding. Where did you get this information?
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Re: Worried about my queen

Post: # 67686Post Hawkeye
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:42 am

Maybe we're talking about different things here? I was talking about the stages from egg till ant.

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