Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

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zsluyter
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Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51305Post zsluyter
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:13 pm

I caught a queen ant in mid August, a couple days later in her test tube she started laying eggs. But then after a week she stopped tending to them, why is this? Is it due to hibernation season coming up?

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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51307Post idahoantgirl
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:52 pm

What do you mean by "stopped tending to them?"
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.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51318Post zsluyter
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:05 am

She laid her eggs one day in a small group and then the next week they were all gone. Both of my queens did the same thing. Some of the eggs were turning into larve and then just “disappeared”

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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51320Post UnrealSparks
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:51 am

How often were you checking on them? Were the test tubes placed in a dark and quiet place?
Keeping the following species:

- Messor Barbarus
- Pheidole Pallidula
- Camponotus Barbaricus
- Lasius Niger
- Lasius Flavus
- Lasius Emarginatus

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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51323Post zsluyter
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:01 am

I checked them once every week, they were in a dark wooden box in a warm closet. They both have AC test tube setups.

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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51325Post UnrealSparks
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:17 am

Do you know what species are they?
Keeping the following species:

- Messor Barbarus
- Pheidole Pallidula
- Camponotus Barbaricus
- Lasius Niger
- Lasius Flavus
- Lasius Emarginatus

zsluyter
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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51348Post zsluyter
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:19 pm

I think lasius, not 100% sure.

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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51359Post StormDancer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:22 pm

Post pics for someone to ID, they might be social parasites.
Learn to dance in the rain, because after there are queens to find!

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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51361Post zsluyter
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:31 pm

Any picture I try to post says the file is too large to post.

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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51363Post StormDancer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:37 pm

You'll need to use a hosting site like photobucket.
Learn to dance in the rain, because after there are queens to find!

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