my first queen ant, possibly?

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my first queen ant, possibly?

Post: # 37007Post japjap15
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:16 am

Hello. So I bumped over the youtube videos randomly and I liked them so i thought i could give antkeeping a try. I got no knowledge besides what i learned from those videos, I don't even know if the and I caught is a queen. I went to look after queens a few times but no luck and I improvised a tube out of a 10ml syringe till I actually caught one and carried that with me all the time and I actually got this one randomly and I want to know if it's a queen.
is it a queen and do you have any advice or some knowledge that I could use?

Here's the pic after I caught it. sorry for the bad quality, I dont have my camera on me
https://imgur.com/a/lWZMRfF

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Re: my first queen ant, possibly?

Post: # 37019Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:40 am

Looks like a Formica social parasite. She will need about 6-8 Formica pupae to start a colony.
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Re: my first queen ant, possibly?

Post: # 37022Post japjap15
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:36 pm

and how long does it usually takes till she would lay eggs?

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Re: my first queen ant, possibly?

Post: # 37024Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:35 pm

japjap15 wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:36 pm
and how long does it usually takes till she would lay eggs?
That question never has a reliable answer.
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Re: my first queen ant, possibly?

Post: # 37049Post japjap15
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:54 am

I would like to know more about this, if possible... Do you know any place where I could find some data over this species? it's my 1st colony, i don't really know what i'm doing. I mean, if she will lay eggs, like what should I expect? are they big/small? Is it gonna expand fast or slow. I really only watched some AntsCanada videos and I wanted to try and I don't want to screw up.

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Post: # 37078Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:26 pm

The preparation aspect is just providing what your queen needs; all the rest is patience. She will be fine in test tubes for at least a year or two. Since she will have workers right away, you just provide care similar to when claustral queens eclose their first workers. They will need access to a foraging space regularly supplied with sugary liquid and insects for protein.
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Post: # 37092Post japjap15
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:28 pm

thank you very much for the help and advice

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Post: # 37191Post japjap15
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:55 am

oh. i developed 1 more question. so it's the test tube stuff. if water runs out, how do i refill it without damaging eggs and the queen?

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Re: my first queen ant, possibly?

Post: # 37204Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:28 pm

japjap15 wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:55 am
oh. i developed 1 more question. so it's the test tube stuff. if water runs out, how do i refill it without damaging eggs and the queen?
You don't refill, you just give access to another test tube, which they will move into if the old one ever becomes uncomfortable.
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