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Whats this tube under princesses wings?

Post: # 6519Post Jorost
Mon May 30, 2016 10:29 pm

The red and black ants are Formica Subintegra, the black princess is a different type of Formica.

I gave them pupae from another colony and they adopted them, most the pupae were princesses (so far).

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As you can see in the picture there is a tube like object under the princesses wings.

I'm really confused and could use some help. :cry:

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Re: Whats this tube under princesses wings?

Post: # 6540Post Varanid
Tue May 31, 2016 11:38 am

Very interesting, not sure what it is. Looks similar to wasp eggs that I have seen on certain caterpillars. Really no clue other than that though.

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Re: Whats this tube under princesses wings?

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Tue May 31, 2016 11:59 am

ive had solenopsis sp. eggs turn into funny shapes like this before. turned out it was just a weird egg they ended up eating or something after it grew up all bloated. never seen them hatch into anything though.
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Re: Whats this tube under princesses wings?

Post: # 6626Post Jorost
Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:30 pm

larynx wrote:ive had solenopsis sp. eggs turn into funny shapes like this before. turned out it was just a weird egg they ended up eating or something after it grew up all bloated. never seen them hatch into anything though.
I'm fairly sure it wasn't an egg because the colony is very new.

Sadly I'm pretty sure they murdered the princess because i cant find her.

I have a short video of her though

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Re: Whats this tube under princesses wings?

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Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:09 pm

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Re: Whats this tube under princesses wings?

Post: # 6633Post AntsRule
Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:30 pm

That is weird :o Could it be her guts?
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Re: Whats this tube under princesses wings?

Post: # 6634Post larynx
Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:57 pm

AntsRule wrote:That is weird :o Could it be her guts?
:lol: naaa, its an egg of sorts. ive seen and had queens have them before. it may have not been noticed at first, then they grow, and you notice them. im not sure of its purpose, but it for sure gets laid by queen ants, then taken care of like an egg. ive never seen them hatch or anything, just seen them grow and get eaten.
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Re: Whats this tube under princesses wings?

Post: # 6637Post Jorost
Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:27 pm

larynx wrote:
AntsRule wrote:That is weird :o Could it be her guts?
:lol: naaa, its an egg of sorts. ive seen and had queens have them before. it may have not been noticed at first, then they grow, and you notice them. im not sure of its purpose, but it for sure gets laid by queen ants, then taken care of like an egg. ive never seen them hatch or anything, just seen them grow and get eaten.
I'm no ant expert but I really dont think it was an egg unless eggs can grow to that size in a matter of days.

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Re: Whats this tube under princesses wings?

Post: # 6639Post larynx
Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:39 pm

Jorost wrote:
larynx wrote:
AntsRule wrote:That is weird :o Could it be her guts?
:lol: naaa, its an egg of sorts. ive seen and had queens have them before. it may have not been noticed at first, then they grow, and you notice them. im not sure of its purpose, but it for sure gets laid by queen ants, then taken care of like an egg. ive never seen them hatch or anything, just seen them grow and get eaten.
I'm no ant expert but I really dont think it was an egg unless eggs can grow to that size in a matter of days.
yes they can do this in a very short time.
this one did it in less than a day. (on the right) it was a tube as long as the queen at first,(looked just like yours) then it turned into this, then they ate it. if you look on the left, you will see the tiny eggs size at which this one started.
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Re: Whats this tube under princesses wings?

Post: # 6641Post larynx
Wed Jun 01, 2016 6:43 pm

although, yours does seem to be attached, so hell, i dont know. :mrgreen:
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