the sad life of a drunk ant queen

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antnest8
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the sad life of a drunk ant queen

Post: # 34004Post antnest8
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:07 pm

i was digging outside for queens during a thaw today when i came across an ant queen, most likely a lasuis parasite. i brought her inside even though she looked like she drowned or froze to death. i put her in my sink area to clean her off she then moved! i was excited and
i cleaned her off and put her down. she looked drunk but alive and started cleaning her antenna cleaned her antenna.
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knowing the queen was not going any where a moved to dry off Gary the spider a hitchhiker on the spade that brought the queen inside.
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when i brought my attention to the queen she was not moving much. I quickly put her in a test tube and ran water over it starting with cold and gradually going to warm. when i took her out she looked dead. after 30 minuets I concluded that she had died (I released Gary back into the outside). I don't know exactly how she died but i have my suspicions. it could have been the water and she drowned but i don't think this is likely. it could have been the heat of the water on the test tube which is most likely or i t could have been me mishandling her with the toothpick which I hope it isn't. i still keep her just in case she is alive but i doubt it. i'm just sad she is gone :cry: .
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3 C novaeboracensis
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Re: the sad life of a drunk ant queen

Post: # 34007Post Jadeninja9
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:39 pm

Rookie mistake. That queen was hibernating. If you find a hibernating queen or colony, you’re not supposed to force them to come out of hibernation with lots of heat. You’re just supposed to leave them in a room temperature area until they warm up themselves.
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1x Tetramorium immigrans

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Re: the sad life of a drunk ant queen

Post: # 34017Post antnest8
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:10 pm

i guess your right :(
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3 C novaeboracensis
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Re: the sad life of a drunk ant queen

Post: # 34023Post Jadeninja9
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:31 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:10 pm
i guess your right :(
Lol, it's okay. I recommend you watch all of the AntsCanada tutorial videos. This is how I started out. Then if you want to do deeper research, you have the entire internet at your disposal.
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1x Tetramorium immigrans

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Re: the sad life of a drunk ant queen

Post: # 34026Post antnest8
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:10 pm

I've already watched all of them the hot water idea just seemed like a good idea at the time. she was all sluggish cold and wet from the snow melt water i rescued her from it would seem that she would like a hot water bath
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3 C. pennsylvanicus
3 C novaeboracensis
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1 tapinoma sessile colony

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Re: the sad life of a drunk ant queen

Post: # 34027Post Jadeninja9
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:19 am

Lol don't give ants baths
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Re: the sad life of a drunk ant queen

Post: # 34028Post CherrieEvolved
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:24 am

lol. Definitely a nice thought man, but ants dont take baths. Not good for them! Good thing the season is just starting, and youll find a bunch more!!
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Re: the sad life of a drunk ant queen

Post: # 34031Post antnest8
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:44 pm

i have three more down in my basement already
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1 queen colony of prenolepis
3 C. pennsylvanicus
3 C novaeboracensis
1 Myrmica queen
1 tapinoma sessile colony

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Re: the sad life of a drunk ant queen

Post: # 34032Post Jadeninja9
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:47 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:44 pm
i have three more down in my basement already
nice
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