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cheetawolf
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brood boosting

Post: # 47516Post cheetawolf
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:50 pm

my tetramorium immigrans queen has 3 workers 2 larva and no eggs, can i take some eggs from my lasius niger queen who has plenty? is it safe, ive never done it before
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Re: brood boosting

Post: # 47532Post AntnoobSG
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:28 am

I recommend not to.... brood should at least be in the same genus but ask other experts
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idahoantgirl
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Re: brood boosting

Post: # 47539Post idahoantgirl
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:08 am

I've tried this, although it was giving lasius eggs to tetramorium. Failed. My Tetramorium completely ignored the lasius eggs and just let the rot. Are you feeding your tetramorium? If she has workers then they should have access to an outworld with food in it. Otherwise I wouldn't worry about them not growing fast enough. Tetramorium grows pretty quickly.
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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cheetawolf
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Re: brood boosting

Post: # 47544Post cheetawolf
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:17 am

idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:08 am
I've tried this, although it was giving lasius eggs to tetramorium. Failed. My Tetramorium completely ignored the lasius eggs and just let the rot. Are you feeding your tetramorium? If she has workers then they should have access to an outworld with food in it. Otherwise I wouldn't worry about them not growing fast enough. Tetramorium grows pretty quickly.
ive considered this,but i dont know how to proporly make an out world. do i just put the test tube in a container?
yay for ants!

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16x lasius niger

founding
1x tetramorium immigrans

searching for
c. pennsylvanicus

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idahoantgirl
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Re: brood boosting

Post: # 47546Post idahoantgirl
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:21 am

Use a one inch section of drinking straw to wedge between the exit cotton and the side of the tube. This acts as a cozy tunnel. Then place the whole thing in an outworld with a barrier. Provide them with both protein and sugar. They are probably really need it at this point.
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.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

TheRealAntMan
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Re: brood boosting

Post: # 47553Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:58 pm

cheetawolf wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:50 pm
my tetramorium immigrans queen has 3 workers 2 larva and no eggs, can i take some eggs from my lasius niger queen who has plenty? is it safe, ive never done it before
It's never recommenced to mix and match brood from different ant genera.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

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