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Care Sheet - Camponotus novaeboracensis


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#21 Offline Crystals - Posted December 19 2019 - 8:01 PM

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when should i take them out hibernation

After a timespan that matches the amount of time your location has snow on the ground.

For me, that's 7 months, but they were fine with 5 months. They didn't do very well with 3 months hibernation.


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#22 Offline madbiologist - Posted March 21 2020 - 4:58 PM

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Scientific Name: Camponotus novaeboracensis

Common Name: Carpenter ant

Distribution: Primarily found in the United States and Canada.

Queen size: 14-18 mm

Worker size: 7-16 mm, with a caste system involving Majors and Minors

Natural Habitat: Found in moist wood, like dead fall, lumber, and old houses. Also known to be nest under rocks in rocky locations.

Circadian Activity: Mostly nocturnal, but will still forage in the day.

Mating Flight: The major flights occur in May and June, with scattered flights during July and August. Ideal conditions are a day after rain, warm and humid. Mid-day to afternoon. But they are also known to fly in periods with no rain.

Queen Founding Method: Fully Claustral

Monogyne or Polygyne: Monogyne (Although some occurrences of polygyne colonies have been recorded)

Average time from egg to worker: Egg to larva - 20-30 days; larva to pupa - 10-15 days; Pupa to worker - 18-25 days. Time may vary with the temperature.

Recommended Temperature: 75-80°F (24-27°C)

Recommended Humidity: Mid humidity level of 30-50%. 20% and lower is known to cause deformities in pupae.

Preferred Foods: Honey water, sugar, apples, pears, oranges, mealworm/super worms, June beetles, isopods, earwigs, crickets, grasshoppers. Most sugary foods and insects are readily accepted.

Hibernation Details: In the wild temperatures below freezing are common, even up to -40C/F. In captivity it is advised to stay above the freezing point as we are unable to easily duplicate the slow cool down into freezing temps to allow the anti-freeze in their blood to work properly. Hibernation is recommended between 39F (4C) - 50F (10C).

Escape Barrier Methods: Fluon and talcum powder method work best. They are also unable to talk upside down on olive oil on a smooth surface.

Difficulty rating: Very easy to keep.

Bite and/or Sting rating: They can bite and the majors or queens are even capable breaking the skin. They are also known to dab droplets of formic acid from their gaster into the wound causing a slight stinging sensation.

Special Care or Interesting Notes: They prefer warmth and plentiful food sources.

Additional Links:
Antwiki - http://www.antwiki.o...novaeboracensis
Antweb - https://www.antweb.o...ntryName=Canada

Description: The red carpenter ant (Camponotus novaeboracensis) has a dark reddish brown colored thorax and petiole, with a black head and black gaster. Newly eclosed ants will have yellow or orange thoraxes that slowly darken into a deep red over a period of days to weeks.


Information submitted by AntsMAN.

You're sure they don't fly at night like other Camponotus?

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Colonies: Aphaenogaster fulva x2, Aphaenogaster rudis x2, Camponotus americanus x2, Camponotus chromaiodes x2, Camponotus herculeanus, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2, Camponotus subbarbatus, Crematogaster cerasi, Creamtogaster cf. lineolata (2 queens), Formica pallidefulva, Formica subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola x4 (hosts), Lasius neoniger x5, Tapinoma sessile x2, Temnothorax curvispinosus, Tetramorium immigrans.

Queens: Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Temnothorax ambiguus (2 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus (21 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus x3 (18 queens, 11 queens, 7 queens), Temnothorax smithi/schaumii (2 queen group).

 

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#23 Offline rbarreto - Posted March 21 2020 - 6:01 PM

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Scientific Name: Camponotus novaeboracensisCommon Name: Carpenter antDistribution: Primarily found in the United States and Canada.Queen size: 14-18 mmWorker size: 7-16 mm, with a caste system involving Majors and MinorsNatural Habitat: Found in moist wood, like dead fall, lumber, and old houses. Also known to be nest under rocks in rocky locations.Circadian Activity: Mostly nocturnal, but will still forage in the day.Mating Flight: The major flights occur in May and June, with scattered flights during July and August. Ideal conditions are a day after rain, warm and humid. Mid-day to afternoon. But they are also known to fly in periods with no rain.Queen Founding Method: Fully ClaustralMonogyne or Polygyne: Monogyne (Although some occurrences of polygyne colonies have been recorded)Average time from egg to worker: Egg to larva - 20-30 days; larva to pupa - 10-15 days; Pupa to worker - 18-25 days. Time may vary with the temperature.Recommended Temperature: 75-80°F (24-27°C)Recommended Humidity: Mid humidity level of 30-50%. 20% and lower is known to cause deformities in pupae.Preferred Foods: Honey water, sugar, apples, pears, oranges, mealworm/super worms, June beetles, isopods, earwigs, crickets, grasshoppers. Most sugary foods and insects are readily accepted.Hibernation Details: In the wild temperatures below freezing are common, even up to -40C/F. In captivity it is advised to stay above the freezing point as we are unable to easily duplicate the slow cool down into freezing temps to allow the anti-freeze in their blood to work properly. Hibernation is recommended between 39F (4C) - 50F (10C).Escape Barrier Methods: Fluon and talcum powder method work best. They are also unable to talk upside down on olive oil on a smooth surface.Difficulty rating: Very easy to keep.Bite and/or Sting rating: They can bite and the majors or queens are even capable breaking the skin. They are also known to dab droplets of formic acid from their gaster into the wound causing a slight stinging sensation. Special Care or Interesting Notes: They prefer warmth and plentiful food sources.Additional Links:
Antwiki - http://www.antwiki.o...novaeboracensis
Antweb - https://www.antweb.o...ntryName=CanadaDescription: The red carpenter ant (Camponotus novaeboracensis) has a dark reddish brown colored thorax and petiole, with a black head and black gaster. Newly eclosed ants will have yellow or orange thoraxes that slowly darken into a deep red over a period of days to weeks.Information submitted by AntsMAN.

You're sure they don't fly at night like other Camponotus?
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North-Eastern Camponotus fly between 6-11ish

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#24 Offline madbiologist - Posted March 21 2020 - 6:07 PM

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Scientific Name: Camponotus novaeboracensisCommon Name: Carpenter antDistribution: Primarily found in the United States and Canada.Queen size: 14-18 mmWorker size: 7-16 mm, with a caste system involving Majors and MinorsNatural Habitat: Found in moist wood, like dead fall, lumber, and old houses. Also known to be nest under rocks in rocky locations.Circadian Activity: Mostly nocturnal, but will still forage in the day.Mating Flight: The major flights occur in May and June, with scattered flights during July and August. Ideal conditions are a day after rain, warm and humid. Mid-day to afternoon. But they are also known to fly in periods with no rain.Queen Founding Method: Fully ClaustralMonogyne or Polygyne: Monogyne (Although some occurrences of polygyne colonies have been recorded)Average time from egg to worker: Egg to larva - 20-30 days; larva to pupa - 10-15 days; Pupa to worker - 18-25 days. Time may vary with the temperature.Recommended Temperature: 75-80°F (24-27°C)Recommended Humidity: Mid humidity level of 30-50%. 20% and lower is known to cause deformities in pupae.Preferred Foods: Honey water, sugar, apples, pears, oranges, mealworm/super worms, June beetles, isopods, earwigs, crickets, grasshoppers. Most sugary foods and insects are readily accepted.Hibernation Details: In the wild temperatures below freezing are common, even up to -40C/F. In captivity it is advised to stay above the freezing point as we are unable to easily duplicate the slow cool down into freezing temps to allow the anti-freeze in their blood to work properly. Hibernation is recommended between 39F (4C) - 50F (10C).Escape Barrier Methods: Fluon and talcum powder method work best. They are also unable to talk upside down on olive oil on a smooth surface.Difficulty rating: Very easy to keep.Bite and/or Sting rating: They can bite and the majors or queens are even capable breaking the skin. They are also known to dab droplets of formic acid from their gaster into the wound causing a slight stinging sensation. Special Care or Interesting Notes: They prefer warmth and plentiful food sources.Additional Links:
Antwiki - http://www.antwiki.o...novaeboracensis
Antweb - https://www.antweb.o...ntryName=CanadaDescription: The red carpenter ant (Camponotus novaeboracensis) has a dark reddish brown colored thorax and petiole, with a black head and black gaster. Newly eclosed ants will have yellow or orange thoraxes that slowly darken into a deep red over a period of days to weeks.Information submitted by AntsMAN.

You're sure they don't fly at night like other Camponotus?
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North-Eastern Camponotus fly between 6-11ish
So they fly at a different time where you are then us?

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Colonies: Aphaenogaster fulva x2, Aphaenogaster rudis x2, Camponotus americanus x2, Camponotus chromaiodes x2, Camponotus herculeanus, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2, Camponotus subbarbatus, Crematogaster cerasi, Creamtogaster cf. lineolata (2 queens), Formica pallidefulva, Formica subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola x4 (hosts), Lasius neoniger x5, Tapinoma sessile x2, Temnothorax curvispinosus, Tetramorium immigrans.

Queens: Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Temnothorax ambiguus (2 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus (21 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus x3 (18 queens, 11 queens, 7 queens), Temnothorax smithi/schaumii (2 queen group).

 

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#25 Offline Crystals - Posted March 21 2020 - 7:23 PM

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You're sure they don't fly at night like other Camponotus?

 

 

In my location, very sure. I have a video of hundreds running around on my driveway at about 3pm (I think it's in my finding queens video). Every year, the big main flight always happens between 1pm and 6pm, with a handful of individuals outside those times. Usually around the May long weekend.


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#26 Offline madbiologist - Posted March 21 2020 - 7:24 PM

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You're sure they don't fly at night like other Camponotus?


In my location, very sure. I have a video of hundreds running around on my driveway at about 3pm (I think it's in my finding queens video). Every year, the big main flight always happens between 1pm and 6pm, with a handful of individuals outside those times. Usually around the May long weekend.
Do you have a link to your YouTube? I'd love to see.

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Colonies: Aphaenogaster fulva x2, Aphaenogaster rudis x2, Camponotus americanus x2, Camponotus chromaiodes x2, Camponotus herculeanus, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2, Camponotus subbarbatus, Crematogaster cerasi, Creamtogaster cf. lineolata (2 queens), Formica pallidefulva, Formica subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola x4 (hosts), Lasius neoniger x5, Tapinoma sessile x2, Temnothorax curvispinosus, Tetramorium immigrans.

Queens: Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Temnothorax ambiguus (2 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus (21 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus x3 (18 queens, 11 queens, 7 queens), Temnothorax smithi/schaumii (2 queen group).

 

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#27 Offline Crystals - Posted March 21 2020 - 7:32 PM

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Yes, they show up in my finding queens video at rough 1:40 min in.  Last video in this post: https://www.formicul...n-ants/?p=28710

 

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#28 Offline madbiologist - Posted March 21 2020 - 7:35 PM

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Yes, they show up in my finding queens video at rough 1:40 min in. Last video in this post: https://www.formicul...n-ants/?p=28710

My youtube channel is here and is currently all ant tutorial videos, most of which are featured in the List of Handy Links thread - link is in my signature. Although, forewarned, my youtube channel will likely be getting some non-ant tutorials shortly.
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What else will it have?

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Colonies: Aphaenogaster fulva x2, Aphaenogaster rudis x2, Camponotus americanus x2, Camponotus chromaiodes x2, Camponotus herculeanus, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2, Camponotus subbarbatus, Crematogaster cerasi, Creamtogaster cf. lineolata (2 queens), Formica pallidefulva, Formica subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola x4 (hosts), Lasius neoniger x5, Tapinoma sessile x2, Temnothorax curvispinosus, Tetramorium immigrans.

Queens: Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Temnothorax ambiguus (2 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus (21 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus x3 (18 queens, 11 queens, 7 queens), Temnothorax smithi/schaumii (2 queen group).

 

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#29 Offline Crystals - Posted March 21 2020 - 7:39 PM

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Likely old family recipes from 4+ generations ago. Maybe some other craft stuff. Who knows.


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#30 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 22 2020 - 6:17 AM

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I’ve seen pennsylvanicus flying around noon. Caught a queen, but she flew away...........

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#31 Offline madbiologist - Posted March 22 2020 - 6:19 AM

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Here, pennsylvanicus only fly at night.

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Colonies: Aphaenogaster fulva x2, Aphaenogaster rudis x2, Camponotus americanus x2, Camponotus chromaiodes x2, Camponotus herculeanus, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2, Camponotus subbarbatus, Crematogaster cerasi, Creamtogaster cf. lineolata (2 queens), Formica pallidefulva, Formica subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola x4 (hosts), Lasius neoniger x5, Tapinoma sessile x2, Temnothorax curvispinosus, Tetramorium immigrans.

Queens: Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Temnothorax ambiguus (2 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus (21 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus x3 (18 queens, 11 queens, 7 queens), Temnothorax smithi/schaumii (2 queen group).

 

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#32 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 22 2020 - 6:27 AM

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I’ve always found deflates during the day.

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#33 Offline madbiologist - Posted March 22 2020 - 6:31 AM

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That's because they wander around for nearly a day after the flight looking for wood to nest in.

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Colonies: Aphaenogaster fulva x2, Aphaenogaster rudis x2, Camponotus americanus x2, Camponotus chromaiodes x2, Camponotus herculeanus, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2, Camponotus subbarbatus, Crematogaster cerasi, Creamtogaster cf. lineolata (2 queens), Formica pallidefulva, Formica subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Lasius aphidicola x4 (hosts), Lasius neoniger x5, Tapinoma sessile x2, Temnothorax curvispinosus, Tetramorium immigrans.

Queens: Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus novaeborascensis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Temnothorax ambiguus (2 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus (21 queen group), Temnothorax curvispinosus x3 (18 queens, 11 queens, 7 queens), Temnothorax smithi/schaumii (2 queen group).

 

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#34 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 22 2020 - 7:49 AM

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True. I still saw a day flight, though.

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#35 Offline Mdrogun - Posted March 22 2020 - 7:18 PM

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It seems that with most ants, when they become dense enough in population the "rules" their species follows change. A better example would be Solenopsis invicta in Florida. Any time the weather is warm enough, you can typically find dealate queens. However, they should theoretically have a defined season when they fly, similar to how Solenopsis xyloni in the US operates.


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