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Doubts about my queen...

Post: # 25734Post Potato
Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:37 am

I don't have a colony yet, but I've found an ant queen. I'm pretty sure she's fertilized because of her behaviour. In fact, that's what this post is about. When I tried to capture this queen she went through 2 neardeath-experiences the first being squished by a glass and the second being almost drowned in honey (yes, I know, I'm hypernew to this :? ) BUT she's alive. Or is she? Here's the thing. From my previous experiences (wich resulted into failures) I noticed a positive and a negative. Positive: she burries herself negative: she sits still like death and when I check on her (wich is not very often because I decided to leave her alone) she suddenly starts moving again. Maybe this is all very normal but because of the fact that I didn't have a test tube I had to put her in an empty tomatosauce-jar with honey and humid cotton. I woudn't have been so worried if I could just see her but for this jar, I barely see her and she just stays under the soil. I didn't want to remove the soil to avoid harming her even more. Can somebody clear this out?
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Re: Doubts about my queen...

Post: # 25746Post tiger01vincent
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:02 am

Post some pictures of her, but her into a smaller container, queen ants like it "cozy", like in tiny spasec, there for test tubes are great! Otherwise just buy a tiny box! If she is a semi-chlusteral queen, she might be veeeery hungry and sold on energy, but I cant tell, because there is no pics :(

If I where you I would release her, and look for another one, but post a pic first adn put her into a more "chlostrophobic" space.

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Re: Doubts about my queen...

Post: # 26155Post Potato
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:49 am

Okay yesterday I got her in a test tube and I took 2 pictures, here they are...
http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/probablyneverusingthis/media/DSC00154_zpskshkgela.jpg.html?o=1
http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/probablyneverusingthis/media/DSC00157_zpsdbnpz4zw.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0
(sorry this is the only way it worked, and yes i saw the tutorial of madvampy)
UPDATE: She's "licking" her abdomen now, this is a good sign right?
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Re: Doubts about my queen...

Post: # 26240Post tiger01vincent
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:42 am

Ah man, I cant see em... Photobucket sucks... Use imgur instead
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Post: # 26290Post Potato
Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:33 pm

Well in the process of replying and waiting for reply she went to the humid cotton and started to consume the honey so I guess I'm just uploading this too see if you can recognize a species and make any answers out of that... If you need another angle, I'll try to capture it.
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Post: # 26303Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:11 pm

We also need measurements to get an ID. Those pictures are really dark, but maybe measurements will help. She will need a proper test tube setup instead of this.
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Post: # 26306Post Potato
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:17 pm

What would you suggest on a test tube setup?
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Post: # 26313Post tiger01vincent
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:35 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=958o2VcABeI


look on youtube man...
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Post: # 26318Post Potato
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:52 pm

Sorry, didn't think of that, wich may sound very stupid but I was just really confused over the fact that he said I needed a proper set-up and left. I thought he would add something about what this set-up could be.
Now that I think of it there's nothing more logic than checking YouTube. Gosh I'm so stupid...
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Post: # 26320Post tiger01vincent
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:45 pm

XD no ur not........... just a bit slow maybie, considering you are on the biggest ant channel on youtubes own forum XD
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