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DDD101DDD's Camponotus Pennsylvanicus


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#1 Online DDD101DDD - Posted September 29 2019 - 7:34 AM

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So, this is my Camponotus Pennsylvanicus journal

 

I caught this queen on 6/6/19, but she didn't lay eggs until July 18th.

Annotation 2019 09 29 112302

She got pupae about a month after.

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I then moved her to a mini hearth with her brood
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She got her first worker about two weeks after that
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And this is them now
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#2 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 7:45 AM

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Nice! That's some pretty good growth considering they were caught in July! I have high hopes for them in spring!


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#3 Online DDD101DDD - Posted September 29 2019 - 7:57 AM

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Thanks! I just hope they survive hibernation.


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#4 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 8:09 AM

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you live in New York Correct? Because I would suggest you hibernate them a little cooler then me (I hibernate them at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit) since you are a more north then me


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#5 Online DDD101DDD - Posted September 29 2019 - 8:14 AM

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I think I'll just keep them in my garage, its nice and cold there in winter, but not too cold.


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#6 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 9:39 AM

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45-50 degrees is ideal, I suggest a cold room in the house over the garage because you can keep tabs easier in your house compared to a garage


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#7 Online DDD101DDD - Posted September 29 2019 - 9:45 AM

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My garage is attached to my house, so I can just go there at any time.


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#8 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 9:47 AM

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Is it heated/ above 40 degrees?


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#9 Online DDD101DDD - Posted September 29 2019 - 9:49 AM

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Well, my house is around 60 degrees, and I don't really have any other place to keep them, so the garage is my only option. 


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#10 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 9:51 AM

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Is there anywhere you can cool off a little or any way you could heat up the garage?


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#11 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 9:52 AM

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My suggestions are if you're cooling off a room, cool off the bedroom. If you're  going to keep them in the garage, make sure it doesn't drop below freezing


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#12 Online DDD101DDD - Posted September 29 2019 - 9:55 AM

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Ok, thanks.


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#13 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 9:58 AM

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Also, remember to elevate the non-water side of the test tube just in case the tube ends up flooding a little. And if you can't change the thermostat, you can always try a wine cooler or something like that. This THA article should help http://tarheelants.b...pecies-q-a.html


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#14 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 10:08 AM

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And if you need anymore links, you can ask, and I can probably give you some good places to look. (y) Keep on doing your passion!


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#15 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted September 29 2019 - 10:10 AM

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It's not necessary to go below 50F. 55F us perfectly suitable for most species. Colder temperatures lead to unnecessary deaths, which can spell the end for most colonies.

A wine cooler around 55-55F or a garage works great

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#16 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 10:13 AM

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Got it. I hibernate mine at 50 but some people hibernate at lower temps. 


This is one of the species that needs coolder hibernation


I have two and i hibernated one at 44 degrees and one 50, and there was barely a difference


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#17 Online DDD101DDD - Posted September 29 2019 - 10:18 AM

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Ok, thanks for all the info(and the links).


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#18 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted September 29 2019 - 10:19 AM

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No problem, we Camponotous Keepers need to stick together


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#19 Online DDD101DDD - Posted October 10 2019 - 10:38 AM

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I put the colony in my garage for hibernation today.


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#20 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted October 10 2019 - 12:02 PM

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I put the colony in my garage for hibernation today.

Keep a extremely close eye on those gals then. The risk with their environment not being climate controlled is if you aren't careful enough, you can possibly kill off your entire colony 


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