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

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

Post: # 51365Post zsluyter
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:43 pm

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fQdc8OV514HnDyiIdtb1Krck5XNRTp2E

Does this work?

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

Post: # 51366Post StormDancer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:45 pm

That will work, post it in the ant id forum. I apologize that I cannot id them.
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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51368Post zsluyter
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:47 pm

I just posted it there, hopefully someone can figure it out, if they are social, does that mean I would have to put them together?

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

Post: # 51369Post StormDancer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:52 pm

No, a social parasite needs a host colony in order to raise their own colony. They typically will infiltrate a nest and kill their queen, then take her place.
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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51370Post zsluyter
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:58 pm

That wouldn’t make sense because they both started raising there own eggs and larve but Just stopped one day. I think it could be stress, how quiet does it have to be for them?

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

Post: # 51371Post StormDancer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:08 pm

Not very in my experience. I have mine in a cupboard right above my bed and they seem content until I open the box. I had forelius until recently, I have honeypots, pogonomyrmex rugoso, and novomessor up there. All do well. Based on what you've shared, unless they aren't fertile, which is possible even if they have eggs and larva, they might be social parasites. I doubt very much that only checking on them once a week is enough to cause stress to the point they eat all their brood.
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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51372Post zsluyter
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:18 pm

Or could it be that it is so close to there hibernation season that they are going to wait until hibernation is over?

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

Post: # 51373Post StormDancer
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:26 pm

That's possible. I don't know enough about lasius up there to say.
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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51380Post TheRealAntMan
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:01 pm

zsluyter wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:31 pm
Any picture I try to post says the file is too large to post.
Here is the short tutorial on posting pics on the forum.
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Re: Queen stopped taking care of her eggs a week after being caught, why?

Post: # 51383Post StigmaticSpark4
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:29 pm

StormDancer wrote:
Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:22 pm
Post pics for someone to ID, they might be social parasites.
That's why I asked for the species. You never know whether they could be fully-claustral, semi-claustral or parasitic.
I'm unable to ID it tough, I'm sorry, I'm still learning in this field.

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