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Hibernation. Essential or optional?

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#21 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 10 2019 - 9:01 AM

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Wa.Va., I would definitely let them cool down gradually. That way the queen can stop laying eggs, so you don't have a lot of pupae to overwinter.


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#22 Offline Aliallaie - Posted September 13 2019 - 6:02 AM

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I have camponotus chromaiodes and Camponotus castaneus colonies. From what I have read and understood here so far, we need to place them in a fridge or somewhere cold around 50 degrees? Is late November a good time?

#23 Offline Mercutia - Posted September 13 2019 - 7:05 AM

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I have camponotus chromaiodes and Camponotus castaneus colonies. From what I have read and understood here so far, we need to place them in a fridge or somewhere cold around 50 degrees? Is late November a good time?

A good indication will come from your queens. When she stops laying and seems to really slow down in activity, that'll be a good indication of when to hibernate her. 50F is a good temp to hibernate her at.







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