Queen Ant Question

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BackedSummer56
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Queen Ant Question

Post: # 59348Post BackedSummer56
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:36 pm

My queen is setup in a test tube setup and is in the dark I have had her for about 3 days and I check Ed on her today and she is biting at the cotton ball that’s blocking her escape. Is there a reason she is doing this and is this a normal thing that they do? If not please tell me what I may be able to do to help her.

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Re: Queen Ant Question

Post: # 59389Post AntsDakota
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:15 pm

BackedSummer56 wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:36 pm
My queen is setup in a test tube setup and is in the dark I have had her for about 3 days and I check Ed on her today and she is biting at the cotton ball that’s blocking her escape. Is there a reason she is doing this and is this a normal thing that they do? If not please tell me what I may be able to do to help her.
This is perfectly normal (especially if she's Camponotus sp.). I believe she was just doing this out of stress when you checked on her. It was her method of attempted escape. However, it is recommended that you only check on your queens one week at a time (at least). Yet this most likely has nothing to do with the queen pulling at the cotton.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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