RIP Solenopsis Queens

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RIP Solenopsis Queens

Post: # 8Post MadVampy
Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:21 am

So I just checked on my Solenopsis queens I found and two of them were dead. :cry: They were nothing but furry balls (molded) in the test tubes! The other 3 seem to be ok so far. Wonder what caused it? I know the test tubes were cleaned prior to them being put in there and the cotton came straight out of the package.

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Post: # 23Post Gregory2455
Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:55 am

So sorry... :( These were Solenopsis invicta, right?

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Post: # 25Post MadVampy
Sun Jul 26, 2015 12:59 am

Yep, I guess I should say "Native" to Alabama now beings you can find them every where here. LOL When they say invasive they mean it!

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Re: RIP Solenopsis Queens

Post: # 73Post larynx
Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:55 pm

was that big air bubble in the water there before? one of my solenopsis queens died, and she was in the only setup i made that had an air bubble. im pretty sure she dried out due to the air bubble. after that happened, i removed all air bubbles from my other setups and have had no deaths since. :)
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Re: RIP Solenopsis Queens

Post: # 76Post MadVampy
Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:44 pm

Nope no air bubble. I always make sure of that and I push in cotton just enough to have the ant side just start to show moisture but not soaked. Why it happened kind behooves me. And two different queens from like 10-15 miles apart also, so no common area to create issues.
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Post: # 77Post KingAnt
Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:01 pm

Sorry for your loss, but at least you have others to care for still! All hope is not lost.
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Re: RIP Solenopsis Queens

Post: # 83Post SweetDirtyTooth
Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:57 pm

I once had a colony, all workers started to die one by one until the queen was left alone for about 2 weeks (all dead workers where removed) then she died. It was probably stress or something. Because I changed her test tube so it couldn't be mold.

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