Parasites?

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IonutH98
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Parasites?

Post: # 40838Post IonutH98
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:06 pm

Hello everyone, im new into this hobby and i want to ask something thats bothering me. A few days ago i catched some queen ants and today i notice that almost all of them are dead :!: . I notice that in the test tubes were some kind of worm or parasite :shock: i dont realy know what it is. I forgot to take photos of that "thing" cause i cleaned the test tubes right after i saw that. And im courious if you guys had this problem before, because its kinda descouraging seeng them dying :cry: .i have 1 more queen with about 3 eggs, i hope she will be allright. :(

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antnest8
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Re: Parasites?

Post: # 40843Post antnest8
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:12 pm

sometimes this just happens. Some kinds of queens are more susceptible to parasites than others.
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3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

IonutH98
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Re: Parasites?

Post: # 40851Post IonutH98
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:25 pm

Sometimes? From 16 queens i remained with just 1. And i wonder, maybe the test tubes are not good or something.

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antnest8
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Re: Parasites?

Post: # 40854Post antnest8
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:31 pm

no most likely its just that a type of fly is really annoying. in all my 1 year of ant keeping i have only had one queen die of a parasite that i know of.
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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