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MTKRailroad
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Weird white fuzz? What happened?

Post: # 28579Post MTKRailroad
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:42 pm

What happened to my queens? They were fine just a few days ago. I put them in a clean container, but now they all their joints are covered with some white fungus looking substance. Are the rest of my queen contaminated maybe?
https://imgur.com/gallery/a4AiO

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Re: Weird white fuzz? What happened?

Post: # 28586Post Batspiderfish
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:07 pm

Definitely looks like they were attacked by parasitic fungus.
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Re: Weird white fuzz? What happened?

Post: # 28595Post Dominik
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:16 am

Umm try to pull that fungus off the queens and try not hurting them and put them in another container
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Re: Weird white fuzz? What happened?

Post: # 28630Post idahoantgirl
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:36 am

pulling off the fungus wont work. they are a goner :cry:
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Re: Weird white fuzz? What happened?

Post: # 28685Post carsonman99
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:25 pm

Same thing happened to me. I put my newly captured Camponotus sp. in a test tube and when I checked on her the next day she was covered in that white fungus and clinging to the wet cotton.

MTKRailroad
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Re: Weird white fuzz? What happened?

Post: # 28687Post MTKRailroad
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:30 pm

Yeah I disposed them a little while after making the post, can't be good to keep them around. I'm a little worried the others will be attacked by the same parasite

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Re: Weird white fuzz? What happened?

Post: # 28708Post AqdasHassaan
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:09 am

MTKRailroad wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:30 pm
Yeah I disposed them a little while after making the post, can't be good to keep them around. I'm a little worried the others will be attacked by the same parasite
Clever move. Would've done the same.
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