How long will it take her to lay eggs?

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Ants500
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How long will it take her to lay eggs?

Post: # 26469Post Ants500
Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:35 pm

I caught my first 2 tetramorium queens and I was just wondering how long will it be until she lays her first eggs, then how long until the first nanitecs???
Founding:
-3 tetramorium queens
-1 Formica queen
-4 groups of acorn ant queens (they're polygenous)
Super excited to start this amazing hobby :D

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ACaseoftheMondays
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Re: How long will it take her to lay eggs?

Post: # 26471Post ACaseoftheMondays
Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:08 pm

Tetramorium work fast. If they are fertile, you should see eggs within the first week. After that, leave them in the dark, undisturbed and check back in three weeks. It normally takes around a month total to get your first workers, give or take a few days.
Founding:
Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis
Solenopsis Molesta
Formica Argentea
Lasius Flavus
Colonies:
Tetramorium sp.E

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