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AJWhit22
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Larva gone??

Post: # 47006Post AJWhit22
Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:42 am

I am keeping three componotus p. queens in their founding stages and recently, I checked in on the. The queen that had previously had the most larva (13!) is now down to only 4 larva. I cannot find the other larva in the test tube. What is the cause of this? Did she eat them? The other two queens have not lost any of their brood from their original size (8 and 3).

AntsDakota
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Re: Larva gone??

Post: # 47041Post AntsDakota
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:47 pm

Yes, she probably ate them.
"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

ClashOwenBash
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Re: Larva gone??

Post: # 47070Post ClashOwenBash
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:50 am

Maybe she needed more food to raise the larvae so she reduced there numbers as well as gaining some nutrients
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idahoantgirl
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Re: Larva gone??

Post: # 47094Post idahoantgirl
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:43 am

Most likely it was just stress. Unless you were really good about not checking on them (like only once every couple weeks, and had them in a place with no light and no vibrations)
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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AJWhit22
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Re: Larva gone??

Post: # 47634Post AJWhit22
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:05 pm

Yeah I moved back to college recently so I'm sure the movement of that didn't help her out. Might have happened before then but oh well, still have three queens.

AntsDakota
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Re: Larva gone??

Post: # 47741Post AntsDakota
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:17 pm

Still, it does burn a lot of resources to raise 13 larvae. I think this might be for the better.
"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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