Lasius niger egg hatching time?

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Ragincrinz
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Lasius niger egg hatching time?

Post: # 31347Post Ragincrinz
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:41 am

Hi all,

I hope someone can help me. I have a lasius niger queen with about 5 eggs. 3 are very small and white and 2 are bigger and brown. I have had her now in a test tube setup for about 4 months. When i got her she had just laid her eggs.

I want to know how long they should take to hatch. The water is her tube is running low and i dont know how im going to add more water.

Thank you

Ragincrinz
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Re: Lasius niger egg hatching time?

Post: # 31573Post Ragincrinz
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:35 am

Can anyone help?

AntsDK
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Re: Lasius niger egg hatching time?

Post: # 31574Post AntsDK
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:00 am

I'm new to the ant keeping hobby myself, so don't take my answers as expert knowledge.

As far as i know:
Egg to larvae in 10-12 days
Larvae to pupa in 10-15 days
Pupae to adult ant to 10-25 days

The queen might eat her eggs if she is stressed and she will lay new eggs, so it might not be the same eggs.

You can change the test tube by placing it in an outworld and placing a clean test tube with new water next to it.
Make the new tube nice and dark, expose the old one to light. It will encourage her to move.
Keeper of a Lasius niger colony.

Ragincrinz
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Re: Lasius niger egg hatching time?

Post: # 31661Post Ragincrinz
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:28 am

Thank you for the reply. I have found similar figures but i have had her for about 4 months now. I dont know why they are taking so long to hatch. I jist hope they do soon and she does starve.

AntsDK
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Re: Lasius niger egg hatching time?

Post: # 31664Post AntsDK
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:13 am

I have also learned that Lasius overwinter their larvae, but I don't know about the eggs.

I hope your queen and eggs will be okay.
Keeper of a Lasius niger colony.

Ragincrinz
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Re: Lasius niger egg hatching time?

Post: # 31681Post Ragincrinz
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:28 am

One work hatched yesterday :) so happy. I hope more come soon.

AntsDK
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Re: Lasius niger egg hatching time?

Post: # 31683Post AntsDK
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:38 am

Congratulations!
Was it one the big brown "eggs"? I guess they might be pupa :)
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