How long can Lasius niger be left unattended

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How long can Lasius niger be left unattended

Post: # 16847Post jwatson16202
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:16 pm

Hi guys, I hope someone can offer some advice here. I have a Lasius niger queen in a test tube founding setup and right now she has a couple of larval stage brood. Based on this I'd expect the first nanitics to enclose maybe middle of march.

Unfortunately I'm going to be away for a week shortly after this and not sure how I should handle feeding them.
Would you recommend I leave the test tube in a basin of some sort with some food available? Or would that result in mould before I return?

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: How long can Lasius niger be left unattended

Post: # 16848Post Martialis
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:26 pm

jwatson16202 wrote:Hi guys, I hope someone can offer some advice here. I have a Lasius niger queen in a test tube founding setup and right now she has a couple of larval stage brood. Based on this I'd expect the first nanitics to enclose maybe middle of march.

Unfortunately I'm going to be away for a week shortly after this and not sure how I should handle feeding them.
Would you recommend I leave the test tube in a basin of some sort with some food available? Or would that result in mould before I return?

Any advice would be appreciated.
They should be hibernating right now. However, the ants should be fine without food for a week, as long as they have access to water.
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Re: How long can Lasius niger be left unattended

Post: # 16849Post jwatson16202
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:33 pm

Yeh I'll make sure water is available, even if it's in a fresh tube, thanks.
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Re: How long can Lasius niger be left unattended

Post: # 18178Post jwatson16202
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:20 am

Wish my ants luck guys
They're on their own for the next week

My queen is still in her test tube with no workers but I've attached her to a fresh test tube in case her water runs out (not much left)

My other colony with around 20 workers has been fed a cricket or 2, has access to 2 tubes of water and one of sugar water
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Re: How long can Lasius niger be left unattended

Post: # 18196Post idahoantgirl
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:07 pm

queens do not need to be fed until a bit after the workers eclose. She will be fine
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: How long can Lasius niger be left unattended

Post: # 18449Post jwatson16202
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:35 am

idahoantgirl wrote:
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:07 pm
queens do not need to be fed until a bit after the workers eclose. She will be fine
I hope you're right, I'll be home in about 20 hours so I'll find out then
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