Abandon nest?

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jwatson16202
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Abandon nest?

Post: # 19773Post jwatson16202
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:02 pm

Some weird behaviour from my Lasius niger colony.

Over the last 10 minutes or so they've started carrying cocoons out to one of their water tubes, are they trying to move into it or is there another reason for the move?
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1 x Lasius flavus (fouding)

jwatson16202
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Re: Abandon nest?

Post: # 19775Post jwatson16202
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:02 pm

Yep, apparently they've decided to use it as a nesting chamber
Out comes the bright light, dont want them nesting in there :)
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1 x Myrmica rubra colony
1 x Lasius flavus (fouding)

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Re: Abandon nest?

Post: # 19776Post Batspiderfish
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:15 pm

Don't force your colonies to move. Instead, make their intended nest as comfy as this test tube.

If we want our colonies to stay healthy, we need to serve them.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

jwatson16202
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Re: Abandon nest?

Post: # 19778Post jwatson16202
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:50 pm

It was more a case of stopping them getting settled rather than forcing them to move. There was still a lot of back and forth with the cocoons so I just nudged them into deciding it wasnt a good place to nest after all :P
I've changed the water tube now anyway. It's almost full so if they do decide to move into that one it should have enough water to see them through :)
Keeper of:
2 x Lasius niger colonies (1 founding)
1 x Myrmica rubra colony
1 x Lasius flavus (fouding)

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