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#1381 Offline akaant - Posted September 14 2018 - 8:43 AM

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Parasitic lasius are flying at this moment.

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Aphaenogaster sp

Camponotus americanus, castaneus, chromaiodes, novaeboracensis, pennsylvanicus.

Crematogaster sp

tetramorium immigrans

Formica sp

 

 

 


#1382 Offline fmoreira60 - Posted September 16 2018 - 5:07 AM

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Crematogaster flew yesterday. Caught a queen. Also lasius umbratus flew yesterday.



#1383 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted September 25 2018 - 3:55 PM

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Just got my formicaria from Tar Heel Ants

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I just need to fill the water towers and move my colonies!

 

I looked at small open box wine coolers for hibernation but I wanted to see the size of the formicaria first. 


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#1384 Offline noebl1 - Posted September 26 2018 - 8:46 AM

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Nice!!!  My ants are getting close to hibernation for sure.  Camponotus are all larvae or eggs, slowed down development, gasters fat and they are literally doing nothing 99% of the time.  My Lasius are getting pretty idle as well, though I've seen wild colonies forage into October.

 

Tetramorium are still super active, but they always are until I basically force them into hibernation.  Same with the Aphaenogaster.



#1385 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted September 26 2018 - 8:20 PM

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Yep, my Camponotus are the same. Most all the workers have fat gasters. They’re not going after mealworms like they did earlier in the summer but they sure suck up honey. I’m waiting to get blunt tipped needles from THA so I can fill the formicaria’s water towers then I’m planning “Moving Day”!

All three colonies have 10-15 larvae. One has a pupae in addition. What can I expect to happen to these larvae and pupae? Will they continue to develop and eclose next spring?

Edited by ConcordAntman, September 26 2018 - 8:25 PM.

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#1386 Offline noebl1 - Posted September 27 2018 - 11:49 AM

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I would wait for any pupae to eclose before hibernation as they'll likely die.  If already pupae, they shouldn't be too long before they eclose.


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#1387 Offline noebl1 - Posted October 8 2018 - 11:27 AM

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I've been seeing small Lasius flights still when temps are over 70F.  Supposed to be warm tomorrow and Wed, so keep an eye out!


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#1388 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted October 20 2018 - 5:57 PM

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It has really cooled off, fall is definitely in the air. I successfully moved my colonies into my formicaria and plan to hibernate them by the end of the month. I haven’t fed them protein for about two weeks and have been alternating between hummingbird nectar and honey 2-3 times/week. Since the move, the colonies have had little activity. Only one or two foragers. They mostly gather with the brood piles near the water towers or in a chamber.

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Noob question here. Should I worry or just hibernate the colonies now?

#1389 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted October 24 2018 - 5:48 AM

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Minimal activity in my nests. Planning to hibernate them in a few days. Been alternating feeding between hummingbird nectar, honey, and just tried maple syrup. I put a thermometer in my basement and it only got down to 60. l suppose that’s good for our pipes but too hot for my ants! I just ordered this:
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It’s temperature adjustable down to 46 degrees. We’ll see how it goes...

#1390 Offline noebl1 - Posted October 24 2018 - 5:53 AM

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@ConcordAntman I've moved all my colonies except a couple misc stragglers into either the basement (60F) to slow them down/encourage hibernation or into the wine cooler (54F) as they were ready.  I am looking to put them all into the wine cooler this week and starting dropping the temp.  46F should be absolutely fine for hibernating and that's indeed what I do.


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#1391 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted October 24 2018 - 11:48 AM

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When I check my colonies, they seem to have already slowed down. There’s not a lot a lot of activity and their gasters aren’t quite as fat as they were a few weeks ago. How quickly do you drop the temperature from 60 to 46? Ten degrees every 2 weeks? Also, since honey has a pretty long shelf life, I was thinking a generous drop of honey in a feeding dish every 2 weeks should suffice. Sound reasonable? Thanks for the update!

#1392 Offline noebl1 - Posted October 24 2018 - 1:17 PM

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Over a week should be fine. TBH I've dropped them in at 46F and they didn't seem to care, but it's not recommended.

 

Putting in honey should be fine, worst case they don't touch it.  I'll check on mine tonight as need to organize the cooler, and see how much weight they've lost in a couple weeks at 54Fs.

 

My struggling C. nearcticus queen/worker I think are going to die during hibernation.  They aren't properly prepared (not eating enough), and keep moving, so they aren't happy.  I will probably just put them in and hope for the best, but if it they die, it happens.



#1393 Offline noebl1 - Posted October 24 2018 - 1:44 PM

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haha just got most of them in, a bit full this season:

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#1394 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted October 25 2018 - 4:46 AM

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😲🤯That’s a lot of colonies! I’ll post when my cooler arrives and I’ve gotten my colonies settled.

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#1395 Offline noebl1 - Posted October 25 2018 - 4:09 PM

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That’s a lot of colonies! I’ll post when my cooler arrives and I’ve gotten my colonies settled.

 

I'll likely thin them out in the Fall and find new homes for them.  Approximately 20 colonies or so, too many.



#1396 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted November 2 2018 - 12:37 PM

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I’m clearly a novice at this. My hibernation plans hit a snag. The website information on the wine cooler only had outside dimensions. I estimated the inner wall thickness and guessed wrong so the cooler doesn’t fit all my colonies 🙄. While I’m returning this cooler and ordering a larger one, I noticed this over one of the water towers. It just looks like loose sand stuck on the edge of the tower. Should I worry about it? Could it be mold?
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#1397 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted November 8 2018 - 6:17 PM

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Waiting for this to arrive on Tuesday so I can finally hibernate my colonies.
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It’s adjustable down to 46 degrees.





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