Queen not laying eggs (myrmica rubra)

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Spivjrs
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Queen not laying eggs (myrmica rubra)

Post: # 67287Post Spivjrs
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:59 am

Hey Folks!

I purchased a colony of fire ants in August 2019 consisting of 1 queen and 5 workers. My main issue is she hasn't produced any eggs yet? They also skipped hibernation even though I moved them to a cold room. They feed and drink regularly and seem happy. I keep them in a very small modular type set up

Any advice would be great.

I also keep the brood chamber hydrated so humidity shouldn't be an issue.

ArizonanAnts
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Re: Queen not laying eggs (myrmica rubra)

Post: # 67304Post ArizonanAnts
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:48 pm

What do you give them to eat. If you don't give them protein (insects or meat) then try giving the colony protein.
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1 Forelius Pruinosus
Queen Name: Azucar Forelia
Founding Stage - 3 Workers, 0 Pupae, 1 Larvae, 0 Eggs.

They are not doing well at all.

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