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1st queen just caught!


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#1 Offline Kahldris - Posted June 12 2019 - 12:12 AM

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Caught a camponotus ant queen by the river, my wife saw her pulling off her wings and let me know! I guess she was listening when I was telling her about ants lol. Will be interesting to see how she (the queen not my wife) does. I have her in a test tube set up, little over half filled with water and using cotton balls. From my understanding If things go according to plan I will have 5-20 workers before they go into hibernation (though it is possible the brood may not hatch before hibernation). I imagine there are a lot of people in here who have kept this type of ant so I have a question or two. Did you leave a new queen and her fresh brood in the test tube during hibernation during winter? If so should I move them to a new clean test tube with fresh water at some point?

 

Or once the first new brood has been around for a few weeks should I consider moving them to a formicarian? Probably a small one? I feel like leaving them in the test tube is the correct thing to do but thought it wouldn't hurt to ask. How do I know when they're done hibernating?

 

Thinking ill eventually purchase the hybrid nest from ants Canada as it seems like a well made nest and will keep things easy. Any tips for a guy trying to raise his first Camponotus queen from scratch? Oh found her in Oregon.


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#2 Online Manitobant - Posted June 12 2019 - 6:41 AM

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Keep her in a test tube until she gets about 10-20 workers. Moving them into a formicarium too early can be bad.
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#3 Offline Acutus - Posted June 12 2019 - 7:58 AM

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Congratulations!!!  :yahoo:  :yahoo:

 

It'll be a LOOOOONG time before their ready for the AC Hybrid Nest. I have a C. chromaiodes colony of 500 and they have room. The mini hybrid nest might work, I have one but haven't used it yet, but actually many on here recommend and use Tar Heel Ants Mini Hearth. they're also modular so others can be added. AntWorld USA has AC Hybrid like nests that are spaced into 3 sections and you can open the section as the colony grows. They also have ALL IN ONES that expand the same way. I own 2 of them and my Aphaenogaster Colony is doing great in it. My C. castaneus won't leave their test tube LOL!

 

Good Luck!! :D


Edited by Acutus, June 12 2019 - 7:59 AM.

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Billy

 

Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

Formica subsericea


#4 Offline Kahldris - Posted June 12 2019 - 10:52 PM

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Thanks for the tips and thanks acutus! And thanks for the formicarium advice. Worst case I may just put the test tube into a small outworld. Then maybe move them into a small formicarium next spring at some point. I have her in a shoe box and won't bother her for a week!

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