R.I.A.P.

Let us know of your ant colonies or queens that have passed away. We will grieve together but will also learn why your ants may not have succeeded.

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ACaseoftheMondays
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R.I.A.P.

Post: # 26060Post ACaseoftheMondays
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:39 pm

Checked on my Tetramorium queens today. Found that one of them had died, and had a light layer of cotton wrapped around her. Found that she had 10 nanitics that I had overlooked and a ton of brood. Bummer knowing that she was doing so well, yet perished nonetheless. I wonder what did her in? Anyone have any ideas what to do with these nanitics, besides tossing them out?
Founding:
Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis
Solenopsis Molesta
Formica Argentea
Lasius Flavus
Colonies:
Tetramorium sp.E

ErikAase
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Re: R.I.A.P.

Post: # 26069Post ErikAase
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:50 pm

Try merging them with the other colony. The brood at least will be accepted. I've had it work before with a queen that died.

idahoantgirl
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Re: R.I.A.P.

Post: # 26082Post idahoantgirl
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:28 pm

NOTE! you can not merge workers together. only brood!
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.

ErikAase
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Re: R.I.A.P.

Post: # 26338Post ErikAase
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:57 pm

I know, right? Here is a photo of the nanitics of a dead queen that were accepted by the new queen and her nanitics. The dead queens nanitics are smaller and lighter colored. I just taped the two test tubes together. Fuzzy photo I know. Tetramorium battle to the death normally so maybe nanitics behave differently?
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