Do i feed a queen caught in her wild nest ?

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Rinku42
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Do i feed a queen caught in her wild nest ?

Post: # 37300Post Rinku42
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:59 pm

Hi! I'm from Quebec, Canada and I'm new to ant keeping. I caught a queen in a nest I found in the woods, I think she is a black garden ant. I didn't think to take some of her workers. She has laid eggs and I was wondering if I have to feed her ? I know that some species don't need feeding before the first workers but she's not a new queen, so I'm not sure what to do.

Thanks for the help!

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colo3000
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Re: Do i feed a queen caught in her wild nest ?

Post: # 37309Post colo3000
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:21 pm

If she’s not a new queen, she definitely needs to be fed. The reason new queen ants don’t need to be fed, is because they metabolize their wing muscles after breaking off their wings. This queen has already done all of that and no longer has any wing muscles to metabolize. You definitely should’ve taken some workers with you as it would’ve definitely helped her, but hey, hindsight is 20/20. But anyway, yes definitely feed her, and I hope you’re successful!
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Rinku42
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Re: Do i feed a queen caught in her wild nest ?

Post: # 37313Post Rinku42
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:03 pm

Thanks a lot! I got some meal worm and honey, I'll try feed her that.

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