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LearningAntz
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My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 30490Post LearningAntz
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:49 pm

I've got a Formica Fusca queen and a Lasius Niger or Neoniger queen. The Formica Fusca I've had for almost 3 weeks and still no eggs. I'm positive she's a queen since it's been 3 weeks without food and I don't think normal ants can live that long without it. The Lasius I've had for about 10 days now, still no eggs. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. If it's neoniger I think I have to wait until next Spring, but for my Formica, I have no idea why she hasn't laid any eggs.

AntsRule
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Location: Chester County Pennslyvania

Re: My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 30491Post AntsRule
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:57 pm

How often you looking at them?
With all the things ants can do, you wonder, who rules the planet :?

Keeper of:
Solenopsis molesta
Aphaenogaster sp.
Crematogaster sp.
Brachymyrmex depilis
Tertamorium sp. E
Pheidole sp.
Lasius neoniger

LearningAntz
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Re: My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 30492Post LearningAntz
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:09 pm

Every 3 to 4 days.

AntsRule
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Re: My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 30493Post AntsRule
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:10 pm

LearningAntz wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:09 pm
Every 3 to 4 days.
I would go weekly, they could be stressed, they need darkness and peace. They are in a test tube set up correct?
With all the things ants can do, you wonder, who rules the planet :?

Keeper of:
Solenopsis molesta
Aphaenogaster sp.
Crematogaster sp.
Brachymyrmex depilis
Tertamorium sp. E
Pheidole sp.
Lasius neoniger

LearningAntz
Posts: 7
Joined: Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:54 am
Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta

Re: My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 30494Post LearningAntz
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:10 pm

AntsRule wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:57 pm
How often you looking at them?
Yes they're in a test tube setup.

AntsRule
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Re: My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 30495Post AntsRule
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:28 pm

Your doing everything right, they need peace and darkness, only other thing i can think of is to keep them out of air conditioned rooms.
With all the things ants can do, you wonder, who rules the planet :?

Keeper of:
Solenopsis molesta
Aphaenogaster sp.
Crematogaster sp.
Brachymyrmex depilis
Tertamorium sp. E
Pheidole sp.
Lasius neoniger

LearningAntz
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Joined: Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:54 am
Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta

Re: My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 30498Post LearningAntz
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:50 pm

AntsRule wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:28 pm
Your doing everything right, they need peace and darkness, only other thing i can think of is to keep them out of air conditioned rooms.
Thank you so much! :)

AntLove5Ever
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Location: VA

Re: My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 30501Post AntLove5Ever
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:21 pm

If you caught them late maybe they are waiting for hibernation to start their colony.

ZinnAnts
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Location: Scarborough

Re: My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 31093Post ZinnAnts
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:37 am

Im having trouble with my formica sp too. Currently She have 2 workers where one worker just kept the egg to her mouth seems like in a carrying manner and doesn't put them down. My Queen just dont lay eggs as often as well. I tried researching about formica ants behaviour and some say around this time (aug-sept) they're still active and wont go to hibernation til oct onwards.. is there anything that i've done wrong?
ZinnAnts
Starting Ant Farmer
Scarborough Area


Keeper of:
Formica Sp
Tetramorium Sp. E
Myrmica Sp.

PenguinAntKeeper
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Joined: Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:40 pm
Location: Toronto, ON

Re: My Queens Won't Lay Eggs

Post: # 32099Post PenguinAntKeeper
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:11 pm

My Formica. Sp queens have all stopped laying eggs around fall, I'm no expert but I believe they do this since some Formica sp brood cannot survive hibernation so they don't "waste" resources on them if they will not produce a worker by hibernation, sorry for the late post. :oops:
Founding:
Tetramorium Sp.E:2

Colonies:
Tetramorium Sp.E:2 6-12 Workers some brood
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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