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Kingluis
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Need some good advice

Post: # 28022Post Kingluis
Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:06 am

So it looks like I have a Pogonomyrmex queen and was told by the community that she is semi claustal! So I decided to make a quick outworld with some plaster, rocks, sticks and a bottle cap (for the pure raw honey)
Anyways long story short I haven't seen the queen go back to her test tube or eat anything. There's some honey. A little pice of almond and a dead Junebug from last night !! Any advice please !! This is my first queen
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Antacid
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Re: Need some good advice

Post: # 28026Post Antacid
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:50 am

Try wrapping the test tube up to make it dark, even ants like a little privacy. Perhaps make a much smaller outworld, just a small space in which to leave your offerings.
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ACaseoftheMondays
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Post: # 28042Post ACaseoftheMondays
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:14 am

Most Pogonomyrmex species require seeds. Give her feed for small birds that contains grass seeds.
Founding:
Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis
Solenopsis Molesta
Formica Argentea
Lasius Flavus
Colonies:
Tetramorium sp.E

Kingluis
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Re: Need some good advice

Post: # 28307Post Kingluis
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:27 pm

ACaseoftheMondays wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:14 am
Most Pogonomyrmex species require seeds. Give her feed for small birds that contains grass seeds.
I put some small bird seeds in the test tube and put her back in there I still haven't seen her eat anything. The other day I saw her trying to bite at the cotton

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Batspiderfish
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Post: # 28310Post Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:33 pm

Assuming you made this recently, there is probably still a lot of moisture in the plaster. So, for the time being, she probably hasn't needed to return to the tube.
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ACaseoftheMondays
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Post: # 28312Post ACaseoftheMondays
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:43 pm

You can also make the entrance to the tube smaller. The easiest way to do this is to plug the tube with cotton, and insert a small piece of drinking straw beside the cotton. Mine really seem to like that. Also, I put loose play sand in mine as a base, and the like to use the sand to further customize the entrances and insides of their tubes.
Founding:
Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis
Solenopsis Molesta
Formica Argentea
Lasius Flavus
Colonies:
Tetramorium sp.E

Kingluis
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Post: # 29168Post Kingluis
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:31 am

She just laid some eggs finally. How long does it take for the next stage ?

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Post: # 29279Post idahoantgirl
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:33 pm

I would cover the tube, and also provide only a small tunnel in between her test tube and the outworld. Do this by first blocking the entrance of the tube, and then shoving a section of drinking straw (1 inch long) in between the exit cotton and the side of the tube. This makes it feel less open. I mean, how would you like it if your house had a wall that was completely open to the world? also, there is absolutely no need to create a smaller foraging basin for her. Think about it. In the wild she would have the entire world to forage in!
Proverbs 6:6-11

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.

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