Death by drowning?

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Mauritaniants

Death by drowning?

Post: # 1173Post Mauritaniants
Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:05 pm

I caught a couple of queens last week and I went and took a peek today at their test tubes.
One of the queen seemed to have died.
The queen is curled up on the water end of the test tube. My guess is I might have dunked the cotton into the water too deep and she drowned. Another theory might have been that since she still had her wings when I caught her is that her wings might have gotten wet from the cotton and she got stuck and was not able to move.
Has anybody experienced this?

I guess my takeaway from this is that when prepping your test tube set up, make sure to not place the cotton on the water too deep to where the surface would feel like a really damp swamp for your queen ant. Cheers.

Rovvov99

Re: Death by drowning?

Post: # 1180Post Rovvov99
Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:03 pm

She probably drowned. Sometimes ants will try to "dig" into the cotton, but you shouldn't leave any water above the cotton. But now you know that for next time !

aidan0616

Re: Death by drowning?

Post: # 1334Post aidan0616
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:49 pm

A couple times some of my queens wigs got stuck to the side of the test tube from the cotton being too wet and the died.... :(

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GriffinAnt
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Re: Death by drowning?

Post: # 2495Post GriffinAnt
Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:49 am

i had this happen the other day i invertaly upset my homemade tube keeper and by the time i moved it back to the hozitail i had all 6 queens drowning i did save three of them and hoping they will live :o

if anyone want see home made tube keeper made from cardboard or my home made outworlds using my old containers from when i kept mantis let me know
Keeper of :-
siameses cat
Carnary
2 Terrapins
2 fish
lisius Niger
Messor Barbours
and all assosated feeder insects
Now have a red Fighting fish :D

Mauritaniants

Re: Death by drowning?

Post: # 2505Post Mauritaniants
Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:01 am

GriffinAnt wrote:i had this happen the other day i invertaly upset my homemade tube keeper and by the time i moved it back to the hozitail i had all 6 queens drowning i did save three of them and hoping they will live :o

if anyone want see home made tube keeper made from cardboard or my home made outworlds using my old containers from when i kept mantis let me know
I'm curious to see that.

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Re: Death by drowning?

Post: # 2512Post GriffinAnt
Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:42 am

having issues with posting pics from my photobucket
Keeper of :-
siameses cat
Carnary
2 Terrapins
2 fish
lisius Niger
Messor Barbours
and all assosated feeder insects
Now have a red Fighting fish :D

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GriffinAnt
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Re: Death by drowning?

Post: # 2513Post GriffinAnt
Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:53 am

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and smallest outworld i made

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Keeper of :-
siameses cat
Carnary
2 Terrapins
2 fish
lisius Niger
Messor Barbours
and all assosated feeder insects
Now have a red Fighting fish :D

Mauritaniants

Re: Death by drowning?

Post: # 2522Post Mauritaniants
Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:36 pm

Cool outworld.
I'm guessing there are test tubes inside those rolled up cardboards.

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Re: Death by drowning?

Post: # 2530Post GriffinAnt
Tue Aug 18, 2015 2:23 pm

yes there are.
Keeper of :-
siameses cat
Carnary
2 Terrapins
2 fish
lisius Niger
Messor Barbours
and all assosated feeder insects
Now have a red Fighting fish :D

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