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.
- Rhytidoponera metallica
- Camponotus consobrinus x2
- Anonychomryma sp.
- Nylanderia sp.
- Melaphorus sp.
- Camponotus cairns
- Crematogaster sp.
- Colobopsis sp.
- Unidentified sp.
- Myrmecia nigrocinta
- Iridomyrmex purpureus
- Camponotus eastwoodi

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! :)
- Rhytidoponera metallica
- Camponotus consobrinus x2
- Anonychomryma sp.
- Nylanderia sp.
- Melaphorus sp.
- Camponotus cairns
- Crematogaster sp.
- Colobopsis sp.
- Unidentified sp.
- Myrmecia nigrocinta
- Iridomyrmex purpureus
- Camponotus eastwoodi

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