Caught a queen... now what??

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Fourteen
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Caught a queen... now what??

Post: # 69199Post Fourteen
Tue Apr 21, 2020 8:34 am

Hello,

This morning I went out to check my previously unsuccessful blacklight trap, when to my surprise out crawled a queen! Unsure of species yet, but me and my ant keeping buddies best guess is Tapinoma Sessile (think I got that right). When should I start to expect Nanitics, and are they semi-claustral or fully claustral. If anyone has any specific care recommendations for this species that would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
fourteen

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Re: Caught a queen... now what??

Post: # 69314Post BluMoon
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:12 am

so i wrote you a really long explanation, but i forgot to save draft :lol:

basically, put her in a test tube setup:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfzUILyCz8o

and here's what you do when the first worker arrives:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOx_-Y7xGoQ&t=121s

hopefully that helped :)

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Re: Caught a queen... now what??

Post: # 69315Post BluMoon
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:13 am

also the tutorial playlist :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzyQB-4o42Q&list=PL10D80062B7CE527E

has a video on semi claustral queens

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Re: Caught a queen... now what??

Post: # 69316Post BluMoon
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:19 am

Best wishes!

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