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Hibernating 2nd year camponotus queens?


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#1 Offline buglover123 - Posted November 15 2023 - 8:40 PM

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I have camponotus queens caught around may 2022. I hibernated them last winter for 3 months, most colonies grew and one gave majors. I'm trying to keep them growing and get majors from the rest. They are from around California, low elevation. My question is, do I need to hibernate them again this winter? Thanks.



#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 16 2023 - 3:16 AM

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I think you need to get more specific with what species of Camponotus you have to answer this question. Species from a warm area may be fine just having a rest period at cooler room temps, but if hibernation worked for you last year, why not repeat it?
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#3 Offline 100lols - Posted November 18 2023 - 4:49 PM

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How did you hibernate them last year? What is concerning you about hibernating them again?

Worried about growth rate? Maybe just take them off heat from now until February or so?

More specifics of the species may help indeed, but if you’re saying they are from low elevation & if that’s with no snow, room temps should be fine from what I’ve read on the forum.
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#4 Offline buglover123 - Posted November 22 2023 - 2:38 PM

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Vicinus, maritimus, and semitestaceus. They're from low elevation and no snow-at least everyone who I've spoken with that caught from the same spots hibernates theirs. I just wanted to know if I have to keep hibernating them every year.

 

I just like playing with my ants, it sucks to have to stick them in a cooler for months on end, that's all. I'm gonna plan to go ahead and do it.


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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted November 22 2023 - 7:11 PM

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Get some isopods or other critters that don’t need to hibernate.
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