Need help with Ponera queen

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Ltislander
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Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33234Post Ltislander
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:48 pm

It is in hibranation but I don’t know what do do whe is in a 5 inch test tube and I haven’t fed her:
Home to one Ponera ant queen with no eggs.

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PenguinAntKeeper
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Re: Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33235Post PenguinAntKeeper
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:28 pm

As far as I know, most users on this forum are not extremely well acquainted with Ponerine queens but others I know who are are on formiculture.com , another ant forum
Hibernating: (all)

Parasitic Lasius:2

Founding:
Tetramorium Immigrans:2

Colonies:
Tetramorium Immigrans:1
Formica Spp:3 3-6 workers each no visible brood

I'm new to ant keeping so my colonies are all still in test tubes. :roll: :?

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Re: Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33240Post Batspiderfish
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:31 am

Ponera are semi-claustral. You might want to leave a tiny drop of sugary liquid on the cotton to give her a little energy and resume feeding her small, soft-bodied insects after she comes out of hibernation.
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.

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Re: Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33241Post Ltislander
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:50 am

There is also 2 small black dots in the tube is that bad?
Home to one Ponera ant queen with no eggs.

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Re: Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33244Post PenguinAntKeeper
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:13 pm

Unless the mold grows in copious amounts (usually) then it should be fine
Hibernating: (all)

Parasitic Lasius:2

Founding:
Tetramorium Immigrans:2

Colonies:
Tetramorium Immigrans:1
Formica Spp:3 3-6 workers each no visible brood

I'm new to ant keeping so my colonies are all still in test tubes. :roll: :?

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Re: Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33245Post Ltislander
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:24 pm

One last thing. Do I keep her in a warm place.
Home to one Ponera ant queen with no eggs.

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Re: Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33247Post AntHUB
Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:27 pm

yes they do not hibernate very well.

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33249Post Batspiderfish
Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:57 pm

They endure cold conditions in the wild, so no she should not be kept warm.
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.

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Re: Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33281Post Ltislander
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:14 pm

Also she won’t leave the cotton
Home to one Ponera ant queen with no eggs.

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Re: Need help with Ponera queen

Post: # 33282Post idahoantgirl
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:39 pm

Normal. She likes the hydration. Often they lay their eggs on the cotton as well. I agree with batspiderfish. Definitely hibernate if you live in a temperate region.
Proverbs 6:6-8

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.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

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