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The comeback of the Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Journal


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#1 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted October 9 2021 - 2:06 PM

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Some of you may know or have read my last journal: The Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Journal (starting as a new Queen). Well that queen is still alive and well (I just forgot about that old journal, that's why it mysteriously ended). Anyways, this is a journal for the same exact queen, she is now at about 30-35 workers now (and of course a pile of brood). They've been living of of mostly superwoms (besides an occasional tiny spider that they don't even really eat). I'm currently preparing them for their 2 and a half month hibernation (anybody know what temperature is best? I live in NJ by the way). The Pictures will be coming out at some point tonight.


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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 9 2021 - 3:10 PM

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45-50 degrees will do it. They can go lower if you reduce it gradually.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.


#3 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted October 9 2021 - 4:07 PM

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Thanks for the reply ANTdrew! I was also wondering how I could get them to that temperature (without a mini fridge because I don't have one).



#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 9 2021 - 5:51 PM

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A fridge, unheated basement, or a garage are pretty much your only options.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.


#5 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted October 11 2021 - 7:22 AM

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The pictures didn't come out yet because of my internet issues the last two days, they will probably be out today (I got someone to come and help me).



#6 Offline antscientist - Posted October 11 2021 - 10:53 AM

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Unlike other ants, camponotus ants are wood-nesting ants so, whenever winter comes, they produce a special chemical in their bodies to stop their blood from freezing. So, if you did catch this colony near where you live, you can just put them outside for hibernation.


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#7 Offline ConcordAntman - Posted October 11 2021 - 12:20 PM

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I’ve seen folks post about putting their colonies outside or in an unheated garage in one of those $5 styrofoam coolers. Not enough insulated to keep them warm but just enough protection from unwanted varmints.  


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#8 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted October 11 2021 - 4:41 PM

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I have the pictures now! Don't ask me why the test tube looks blue...

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#9 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted October 12 2021 - 12:55 PM

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Not really an update, but also technically an update...anyways the queen seemed to have stopped or slowed her production of eggs. It's probably because it's nearing winter here and she just taking it easy before she goes into hibernation. I also forgot to post the count of the brood and workers, I will do that once I get home.


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#10 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted October 12 2021 - 5:01 PM

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So, brood and worker count: 7 cocoons, 1 large larvae, 2 small larvae, 3 eggs, about 35 regular workers, 2 majors.

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I will be either buying an AC campontus formicarium or making my own formicarium for them to move into after hibernation.

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#11 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 13 2021 - 2:04 AM

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Do not buy an AC formicarium for them. Make your own or buy THA.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.


#12 Offline Chickalo - Posted October 13 2021 - 6:32 AM

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AC nests tend to be overpriced for their quality.  Other options are, like, TarHeel Ants, Arthropod Antics, Buckeye Myrmecology, or even make your own (there are definitely other stores).


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#13 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted October 13 2021 - 6:48 AM

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Alright I'll buy a formicarium from one of your suggested companies than. Thanks for the info! If I do make my own formicarium it'll probably be made of plaster and glass.


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