ants bringing eggs back to the old nest

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merkantur
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ants bringing eggs back to the old nest

Post: # 19814Post merkantur
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:26 am

So a day after my ants moved into a new test tube, I saw them moving the eggs back to the old nest which is dry. What do I do?

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Re: ants bringing eggs back to the old nest

Post: # 19830Post idahoantgirl
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:33 pm

merkantur wrote:
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:26 am
So a day after my ants moved into a new test tube, I saw them moving the eggs back to the old nest which is dry. What do I do?
shine a light on the old nest -- be careful not to fry them! light is useful and so is heat, but make sure it isn't too hot. Make sure to cover the new test tube and make it desirable for them.
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: ants bringing eggs back to the old nest

Post: # 19853Post merkantur
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:44 pm

I just pulled the cotton (their nest) out of the test tube and pulled at the mould a little and they all moved to the new test tube. It's been a day and a few of them are still there hanging around, probably trying to find anything they could bring to the new nest

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Re: ants bringing eggs back to the old nest

Post: # 20003Post ultraex2
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:01 am

It can take them awhile - I think a good way to look at it from the ant's perspective is that they don't see the new test tube as a new nest, but rather an "extension" of their current nest so they will keep using the old part of the nest as well.

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