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by SillySil
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: I think my queen is dying. help
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: I think my queen is dying. help

Are you seeing the ants drink the honey? A lot of my ants don’t touch honey, but they all enjoy sugar water. Oh yeah, they chug on that. I can see that some of the worker's gasters are full. Can the queen be freaking out due to noise? There's renovation of staircase in the apartment building I live...
by SillySil
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: I think my queen is dying. help
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: I think my queen is dying. help

What do you mean “sometimes I drop a spider or fly in there”? Sounds like if you’re not feeding them regularly maybe that’s the problem? Their main source of food is protein from bugs. They can’t survive on honey alone with an occasional bug or two. There's like 10 ants in there. They aren't going ...
by SillySil
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: I think my queen is dying. help
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: I think my queen is dying. help

Hmm. Have you been checking on them once a week or more? And have you seen any of the ants eat? It seems like a combination of the ants not eating, stress, and exhaustion because of those two. I had a similar situation with a Formica pallidefulva colony I once had. They all died due to the three th...
by SillySil
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: I think my queen is dying. help
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: I think my queen is dying. help

Is there mold in the test tube, do the ants have any mites on them, and how often have you been checking on them? Those are the most probable causes for death. Thanks for the response. The tube is super clean as I've made them move into a new one about 3 weeks ago. And no mites at all. The queen is...
by SillySil
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: I think my queen is dying. help
Replies: 8
Views: 811

I think my queen is dying. help

I have a small Formica Cinerea colony. I bought it before winter and I was a bit scared of hibernating so I did not to hibernate them. Now during winter few ants died but the queen laid couple of eggs to replace the loses. Out of a sudden my queen wandered into the arena and she really struggles to ...
by SillySil
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Let me see your setups.
Replies: 15
Views: 2970

Re: Let me see your setups.

Have you tried covering your ytong nest and shinning a light on the test tube? It may encourage them to move in... Yeah they moved to the nest and when I removed the light they moved back. I guess they feel the nest is too big for them for now. I'll let them decide on their own when they want to le...
by SillySil
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Let me see your setups.
Replies: 15
Views: 2970

Re: Let me see your setups.

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On the far right there's a Ytong nest they stayed in for a week but they moved back to the tube and don't hang out there very much anymore.
by SillySil
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:15 am
Forum: ACAF Questions, Support, and Suggestions for the forums
Topic: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

So I've bought formica cinerea colony 1 month ago. It consists of 1 queen and 10 workers. They live in a testtube setup connected to foraging area. I've been feeding them pieces of spiders, egg yolk and honey. Around 30 days have passed and so far there are no eggs. Should I be worried? Is it becau...
by SillySil
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: ACAF Questions, Support, and Suggestions for the forums
Topic: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

Olst1207 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:42 pm
Could you help me with something? My queen layed eggs but she hasn’t put them together. They are scattered across the test tube
I have no idea man. I'm just starting with ant keeping. Sorry. I came here for help too.
by SillySil
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: ACAF Questions, Support, and Suggestions for the forums
Topic: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

So I've bought formica cinerea colony 1 month ago. It consists of 1 queen and 10 workers. They live in a testtube setup connected to foraging area. I've been feeding them pieces of spiders, egg yolk and honey. Around 30 days have passed and so far there are no eggs. Should I be worried? Is it becaus...