Lots of eggs, no larvae

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VaderOG
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Lots of eggs, no larvae

Post: # 18457Post VaderOG
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:05 pm

I've had my solonopsis queen ant for about a month now and about a week after I had her in complete darkness she started laying eggs. Its been another 3 weeks and it seems that nothing has changed except the amount of eggs.
I have her in my walk-in closet, which has no A/C vents so temp is probably around 78-80 degrees. She is wrapped in a blanket for complete darkness.
Is it too cold? Is she not fertilized? Do I just need to wait longer?

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jwatson16202
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Re: Lots of eggs, no larvae

Post: # 18458Post jwatson16202
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:26 pm

I think you just need to wait longer
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VaderOG
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Re: Lots of eggs, no larvae

Post: # 18459Post VaderOG
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:42 pm

A follow up question:
What happens when a queen has not been fertilized? Will she even lay eggs?

jwatson16202
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Re: Lots of eggs, no larvae

Post: # 18460Post jwatson16202
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:46 pm

An unfertilised queen can potentially still lay male alate eggs
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Martialis
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Re: Lots of eggs, no larvae

Post: # 18461Post Martialis
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:56 pm

An unfertilized queen will lay eggs and rear them as if they were workers. Only time can tell.
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martinnate
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Re: Lots of eggs, no larvae

Post: # 18463Post martinnate
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:58 pm

Yep be patience. That is one thing I have learned, u have to have patience with ur queens. Good luck.

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