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Post Hibernation Heating

after hibernation camponotus heating

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#1 Offline KBant - Posted February 10 2018 - 3:09 AM

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So I’ve chillled my camponotus modocs in the fridge for a little over three months. The queen is alive but I lost 5 of the 20+ workers. I’ve kept them at room temperature for a few days after taking them out of the fridge, and wanted to know, when do you start heating your colony again? Thanks in advance!

#2 Offline T.C. - Posted February 11 2018 - 2:13 AM

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So I’ve chillled my camponotus modocs in the fridge for a little over three months. The queen is alive but I lost 5 of the 20+ workers. I’ve kept them at room temperature for a few days after taking them out of the fridge, and wanted to know, when do you start heating your colony again? Thanks in advance!


I generally do a month - two after. In the wild it wouldn't start getting "warm" or "hot" until a few months after they emerge.
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#3 Offline Works4TheGood - Posted February 14 2018 - 7:08 PM

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you might try heating only the outworld for the first month. I suspect that they'll then try to warm themselves in the outworld and then use their warm bodies as a vector for transferring the warth to the nest (if they want to). This gives them a bit more natural way to adjust the heat on their own at first. I've never actually done this, but I will try it this spring.
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