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cheetawolf
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red tint?

Post: # 48657Post cheetawolf
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:44 pm

i caught about 20 lasius queens, and after a month, 2 have died, and most of them have some mold on the surface of the cotton.

i have 3 queens that have nanatics, one of the queens test tube water is slightly tainted red, while all the other queens still have clear water. why?
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Re: red tint?

Post: # 48658Post cheetawolf
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:21 pm

update: i gave all my queens that have nanatics a nice drop of honey, and all of the queens are drinking happily except the one with red tinted water.

also that queen doesnt move much
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Re: red tint?

Post: # 48691Post JoeHostile1
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:14 pm

I have a Camponotus colony in a test tube and the water also turned red. Which I found surprising as wel.
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Re: red tint?

Post: # 48692Post Ltislander
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:40 pm

MOVE HER ASAP! That is the bacteria Serratia marcescens, it is very harmful to ants. It killed my queen with eggs. So move her to a fresh tube!

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Re: red tint?

Post: # 48699Post cheetawolf
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:30 pm

Ltislander wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:40 pm
MOVE HER ASAP! That is the bacteria Serratia marcescens, it is very harmful to ants. It killed my queen with eggs. So move her to a fresh tube!
ok thanks, will do!
yay for ants!

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6x lasius niger/americanus

12x tetramorium immigrans

1x formica podzolica

searching for
camponotus sp

GAN farmer in richmond BC

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Re: red tint?

Post: # 48749Post cheetawolf
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:51 pm

Ltislander wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:40 pm
MOVE HER ASAP! That is the bacteria Serratia marcescens, it is very harmful to ants. It killed my queen with eggs. So move her to a fresh tube!
its been 5 hours since i attached the old test tube to the new one via cloth and tape, but the queen refuses to move, the 3 workers were happy with the new space and they moved all the brood to the new testtube, but the queen still stays on the moldy cotton, what do i do?
yay for ants!

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6x lasius niger/americanus

12x tetramorium immigrans

1x formica podzolica

searching for
camponotus sp

GAN farmer in richmond BC

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Re: red tint?

Post: # 48761Post Ltislander
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:09 pm

cheetawolf wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:51 pm
Ltislander wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:40 pm
MOVE HER ASAP! That is the bacteria Serratia marcescens, it is very harmful to ants. It killed my queen with eggs. So move her to a fresh tube!
its been 5 hours since i attached the old test tube to the new one via cloth and tape, but the queen refuses to move, the 3 workers were happy with the new space and they moved all the brood to the new testtube, but the queen still stays on the moldy cotton, what do i do?
What I do is after all the brood is moved I move her in with a Q-tip

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Re: red tint?

Post: # 48788Post idahoantgirl
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:54 am

Eh.... Any time you are touching the queen with something, it is very dangerous. It is best to just give her more time, shine a light on her tube, keep the other dark, (be carful not to burn her). But if you are going to move her manually, it is really better to sort of shake or tap the side of the tube till she plops into the new one instead of poking her. Gravity will not hurt her nearly as much as a giant pokey object. But keep in mind I am not recommending that method either. Letting her move her self is always best.
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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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