Little white stuff in test tube

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Animetaldude
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Little white stuff in test tube

Post: # 45721Post Animetaldude
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:41 pm

Hi all,
My queen ants have all white stuff in there test tube setup. But its so small i do not think it are eggs. Need some more info about this.

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This is one queen that i caught on the same day and here u can see the eggs are bigger from the beginning.

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Need some help with this one :).

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Re: Little white stuff in test tube

Post: # 45722Post CashTheEntomoligist
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:45 pm

First One Is Eggs Second One Is The Ants Spinning A Cocoon Thing Is What I've Heard.
Keeper Of: Pogonomyrmex barbatus Queen 2x
Brachymyrmex patagonicus Mayr Queen 2x
Dorymyrmex Queen 2x
Dream Species: Pheidole Spp. (Big Headed Ant)

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Re: Little white stuff in test tube

Post: # 45726Post Animetaldude
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:25 pm

CashTheEntomoligist wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:45 pm
First One Is Eggs Second One Is The Ants Spinning A Cocoon Thing Is What I've Heard.
So if i understand correct. The bottom pic are no eggs? And the top pic with all the little white stuff are eggs?

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Re: Little white stuff in test tube

Post: # 45727Post CashTheEntomoligist
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:52 pm

No Your Mistaken They're Larvae Soon To Hatch To Pupae
Keeper Of: Pogonomyrmex barbatus Queen 2x
Brachymyrmex patagonicus Mayr Queen 2x
Dorymyrmex Queen 2x
Dream Species: Pheidole Spp. (Big Headed Ant)

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Re: Little white stuff in test tube

Post: # 45729Post CashTheEntomoligist
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:56 pm

Any other Questions?
Keeper Of: Pogonomyrmex barbatus Queen 2x
Brachymyrmex patagonicus Mayr Queen 2x
Dorymyrmex Queen 2x
Dream Species: Pheidole Spp. (Big Headed Ant)

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Re: Little white stuff in test tube

Post: # 45765Post Animetaldude
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:26 am

CashTheEntomoligist wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:56 pm
Any other Questions?
Yeah just one more 😉. Is there a specific reasen only one makes cocoons?

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Re: Little white stuff in test tube

Post: # 45779Post idahoantgirl
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:09 am

are they all the same species? If so, it could just be that the larvae found the humidity of the cotton suitable to spin a cocoon on. usually ants need substrate to spin, but If they don't spin they are fine as well.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: Little white stuff in test tube

Post: # 45798Post Animetaldude
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:27 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:09 am
are they all the same species? If so, it could just be that the larvae found the humidity of the cotton suitable to spin a cocoon on. usually ants need substrate to spin, but If they don't spin they are fine as well.
Yes, i think they are all the same species. I caught them all on the same spot on the same day. Still not sure if its Formica Fusca or Lasius Niger. I actually was really confused about this. At first i thought all of them indeed where eggs then as a beginner i thought the cocoons where the eggs because they where much bigger (ant i did not know they could spin :P) and the other ones thought it was just rubbish.

If i put some better pics out here, is there a possibility u could see if its Formica or Lasius? Cause that was a little confusing in my other topic. some said Lasius and other Formica.

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