Ant keeping mishap

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Benjamin
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Ant keeping mishap

Post: # 16592Post Benjamin
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:09 am

So, I was really excited about the pupae I saw in my test tube last week. I went to check this morning and found 2 newly eclosed ants. I took a few photos and decided to put it back. What do you know? As I was putting it back, the test tube rolled of my cabinet and shattered into bits. I was stunned, I did not know what to do. Nonetheless, I used a damp toothpick to pick up as many pupae, 2 workers and the queen into a new test tube(phew...I was lucky to have one test tube setup nearby which I planned to use for my upcoming ant hunting/catching). Luckily, one of the workers had 2 larvae(maybe eggs) in its mouth.



I want to ask all of you ant experts in the forum. Do you think the colony will survive with only a few pupae, 2 workers and 2 larvae? Will the queen start laying eggs from scratch?

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Re: Ant keeping mishap

Post: # 16598Post shaky33
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:30 pm

Benjamin wrote:So, I was really excited about the pupae I saw in my test tube last week. I went to check this morning and found 2 newly eclosed ants. I took a few photos and decided to put it back. What do you know? As I was putting it back, the test tube rolled of my cabinet and shattered into bits. I was stunned, I did not know what to do. Nonetheless, I used a damp toothpick to pick up as many pupae, 2 workers and the queen into a new test tube(phew...I was lucky to have one test tube setup nearby which I planned to use for my upcoming ant hunting/catching). Luckily, one of the workers had 2 larvae(maybe eggs) in its mouth.



I want to ask all of you ant experts in the forum. Do you think the colony will survive with only a few pupae, 2 workers and 2 larvae? Will the queen start laying eggs from scratch?
As long as the queen wasnt overly injured she should be able to start from scratch. Maybe give them some honey.
Current Queens in Founding Stage (not 100%):
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Cephalote varian

Benjamin
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Re: Ant keeping mishap

Post: # 16614Post Benjamin
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:10 am

Noted. Thanks for the encouraging reply.

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Re: Ant keeping mishap

Post: # 16619Post shaky33
Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:39 pm

Benjamin wrote:Noted. Thanks for the encouraging reply.
You're welcome, good luck with your colony! :)
Current Queens in Founding Stage (not 100%):
WE HAVE NO IDEA
Dream Queen:
Cephalote varian

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