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EmberMan
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Post: # 71917Post EmberMan
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:07 pm

oreoisakitty wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:15 pm
EmberMan wrote:
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:06 pm
Hello!

I am new to ant keeping and I have caught 4 queens which I believe are Camponotus pennsylvanicus. I’ve had them in test tube setups for about 5 weeks now, and 3 of them have eggs. I’ve only checked on them about once a week, but I have not really noticed a change in size of the eggs. They may be slightly more oval than when they started though. Wondering if this is normal or if the change in size at this point should be more noticeable. Any help would be appreciated!

Thank you:)
How long have the eggs been laid?
I noticed them the first time I checked on them which would've been about a week after I caught the queens. So they've had eggs for 4-5 weeks at this point.

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Post: # 71920Post TomvANTol
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:21 pm

So I was wondering about using the small frozen bloodworms you feed fish as a protein source for my ants?
If you don't know they're like mosquito larvae.

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Post: # 71922Post QJH2023
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:27 pm

TomvANTol wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:21 pm
So I was wondering about using the small frozen bloodworms you feed fish as a protein source for my ants?
If you don't know they're like mosquito larvae.
don't see why not
keeper of: 41xCamponotus novaeboracensis, Crematogaster spp. and unidentified species and tapinoma sessile

SYUTEO
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Post: # 71929Post SYUTEO
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:35 pm

Hawkeye wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:16 am
SYUTEO wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:14 am
Are too many springtails in an ant tank harmful for my ants? (Apologize if it is a stupid question, I never seen thousands of springtails in an ant tank before)
No they're not. The ants might actually hunt them, or try to chase them away if they find them a nuisance, but they're actually a benefical addition. As long as your ants can get to any prey animals before the springtails do, you've got nothing to worry about.
Thanks for the help :)
Keeping:
1 Odontomachus simillimus colony
1 Odontoponera queen
1 Camponotus parius colony
1 Camponotus sp colony
1 Camponotus irritans colony
Are you amazed? :D

TomvANTol
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Post: # 71932Post TomvANTol
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:28 pm

Thought it was a pennsylvanicus but maybe not? Plz help with ID
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Post: # 71935Post Hawkeye
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:21 am

TomvANTol wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:10 pm
Thanks hawkeye. To all the keepers of pennslyanicus, what size test tubes do you use if you do? I am most likely going to order some 20mm diameter 150mm length, but I was wondering if that is too small, as they are quite large?
Those are fine

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Post: # 71936Post Hawkeye
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:23 am

TomvANTol wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:21 pm
So I was wondering about using the small frozen bloodworms you feed fish as a protein source for my ants?
If you don't know they're like mosquito larvae.
You might need to rehydrate them first

Hawkeye
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Post: # 71937Post Hawkeye
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:24 am

TomvANTol wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:28 pm
Thought it was a pennsylvanicus but maybe not? Plz help with ID
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Why do you think it wouldn't be?

ridgewalker
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Post: # 71949Post ridgewalker
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:39 pm

TomvANTol wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:28 pm
Thought it was a pennsylvanicus but maybe not? Plz help with ID
Image Image
Looks identical to mine

ridgewalker
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Post: # 71950Post ridgewalker
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:52 pm

TomvANTol wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:28 pm
Thought it was a pennsylvanicus but maybe not? Plz help with ID
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Here a picture of my queen. She has a huge pile of egg/larva plus 9 workers. They are hungry little guys. I gave them a grasshopper leg. They need to be fed sometime almost every day

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