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Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 35939Post AntDudeUSA
Mon May 14, 2018 9:09 pm

Hello sorry if I misspelled that name. I'm very new to ant keeping and just recently caught a camponotus queen while out working with my dad. I have a few questions on her care as I already watch ever YouTube video I could find on camponotus care.

1:I have her in a test tube setup but was wondering if when she got 4 to 5 workers I could move her into a very small nest like a AntsCanada hybrid or a very small 1 inch by 1 inch y tong nest connected to a outworld for easy feeding and cleaning.

2:Is sugar water or pure honey better for a starting colony

3:How long does it usually take for a queen to begin laying eggs

4:Whats the best way to feed inside of a test tube setup and or change test tubes without stressing the new colony out

5:The barrier that's made to keep ants inside the outworld can I use dollarstore medical alcohol and baby powder for it and what does the consistency need to be like

Thank you for reading my questions and I hope your having a great day
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Re: Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 35950Post antnest8
Tue May 15, 2018 5:44 am

1 test tubes are usually the most user friendly until you get to about 40 workers. just still the test tube in the out world when you need one like this

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Re: Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 35951Post antnest8
Tue May 15, 2018 5:48 am

2 My camponotus liked sugar water test tubes better

3 if she is comfortable in a matter of hours. put her in a dark place and only check on her once a week and she should lay eggs in no time

4 i would just give the colony a small out world made from a plastic container easily from the start

5 dry baby powder with no alcohol (mine climbed over Vaseline)
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Re: Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 35981Post AntDudeUSA
Tue May 15, 2018 2:49 pm

Thank you I currently have he in a test tube that's sitting inside of a bin like the one in your picture so that if she does somehow get out of the cotton ( which she did the first time I had her in the tube. ) she wont be able to run off . I also have the bin in a drawer which is in a quiet part of the house in total darkness , I will check on her in about a week and see if she's doing alright and if she's laid any eggs. thank you for answering fast I hope you have a great day

-antdude
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Re: Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 36001Post AntDudeUSA
Tue May 15, 2018 7:13 pm

UPDATE: I had to move my queen out of that drawer and into another one as I did it I picked up the cloth I had put over it just slightly and saw that she had laid 3 eggs :D hopefully in a couple o months I will have a small colony

-antdude
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Re: Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 36463Post AntDudeUSA
Mon May 28, 2018 7:59 pm

Hello if anyone is reading this semi old thread is it a bad sign if the eggs are starting to yellow I haven't lost any of them as there are around 7 but they are getting darker and yellow is that the eggs maturing or are they dieing due to lack of the queens nurtrition

-AntDude

PS it has been almost a week since she first laid them
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Re: Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 36475Post antnest8
Tue May 29, 2018 5:46 am

no it is not a bad sign for the eggs to be yellow. All c. pennsylvanicus queens have yellow eggs
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Re: Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 36478Post AntDudeUSA
Tue May 29, 2018 11:11 am

ok thank you i was beggining to get worried
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Re: Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 36492Post antnest8
Tue May 29, 2018 4:42 pm

it's ok i think that every ant keeper is surprised when they first see camponotus eggs
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Re: Questions on new Camponotus Pesylvainicus Queen

Post: # 36664Post AntsDakota
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:09 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 4:42 pm
it's ok i think that every ant keeper is surprised when they first see camponotus eggs
After I read this, I for one won't be surprised to see yellow Camponotus eggs from my 2 Camponotus queens.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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