Relocating a queen

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Kletsie
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Relocating a queen

Post: # 41855Post Kletsie
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:41 pm

Hello antslovers!

English isn't my first language but I'll try my best:

About a week ago, a queen(lasius niger) I catched, layed some eggs. It's my first queen and I'm really excited about it! :D
She currently lives in 0.5L waterbottle and at some point I want to relocate her to some other bottle but I'm afraid that relocating will cause her a lot of stress. I wonder;

- Is it bad for a queen that tends to her eggs to be exposed to light for a long time? (Do I have to abort the relocating if it isn't succesfull after some time?)
- Can it be a problem for the queen to find the new bottle? This, because a 0.5L bottle is a lot bigger than a testtube, especially for an ant :)

I hope someone can answer my questions. It's my first queen that has layed eggs and I don't want to do her any harm.

Silver
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Re: Relocating a queen

Post: # 46283Post Silver
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:38 am

If you are going to relocate her when her colony is small, then she will get stressed and the bottle is good for a very large colony so u should not need to relocate her until you see that they have no space for the outer world. When this happens, you do not need to expose them to light, they will use the other bottle anyway.
Keeper of Lasius Niger colony. :D

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idahoantgirl
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Re: Relocating a queen

Post: # 46301Post idahoantgirl
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:31 am

Order some test tubes online and transfer her to it. It really is going to be the easiest and the safest in the long run.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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