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How to care for Northern U.S. Crematogaster?


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#1 Offline ColdBloodedCritters - Posted September 17 2022 - 8:25 PM

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I finally caught my first ever Michigan Crematogaster queen yesterday on the dock of a lake!  :yahoo: I've heard wonderful things about these ants and horrible things about them in ANTdrew's Crematogaster journal and some others too. Not really sure about care for them but I do know they will need to hibernate before workers and as ANTdrew says... "HEAT HEAT HEAT" but besides that I know nothing else. Any help will be welcome! And hopefully maybe even ANTdrew will pop in for advice.

(Also, just noticed I'm in my business count posting this... AGAIN. So, I'll respond to advice in my personal account.)


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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 18 2022 - 2:38 AM

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Excellent! Welcome to Team Crematogaster. Your queen will need to hibernate for 10-12 weeks minimum before she lays eggs. To successfully keep this species you just need lots of heat, lots of protein, lots of drinking water, and lots of SPACE. Use big containers with good lids, so they have plenty of room to roam.
"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 NicholasP - Posted September 20 2022 - 7:37 PM

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Thanks, ANTdrew. I appreciate it. I'm glad to be on Team Crematogaster. Crematogaster are the supreme ants of the frigid parts of the U.S.


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#4 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 21 2022 - 5:35 AM

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Excellent! Welcome to Team Crematogaster. Your queen will need to hibernate for 10-12 weeks minimum before she lays eggs. To successfully keep this species you just need lots of heat, lots of protein, lots of drinking water, and lots of SPACE. Use big containers with good lids, so they have plenty of room to roam.

Have i mentioned yet that i have been keeping crematogaster for a bit? i probably forgot. But anyway, i am now also on team crematogaster!


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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 22 2022 - 8:32 AM

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Excellent! Welcome to Team Crematogaster. Your queen will need to hibernate for 10-12 weeks minimum before she lays eggs. To successfully keep this species you just need lots of heat, lots of protein, lots of drinking water, and lots of SPACE. Use big containers with good lids, so they have plenty of room to roam.

Have i mentioned yet that i have been keeping crematogaster for a bit? i probably forgot. But anyway, i am now also on team crematogaster!

 

Excellent!


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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.

#6 Offline NicholasP - Posted September 22 2022 - 2:54 PM

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Wahoo! Caught another Crematogaster queen yesterday! Up to two queens now!


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