Red spots on cotton wool in test tube setup

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adama131
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Red spots on cotton wool in test tube setup

Post: # 52228Post adama131
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:25 pm

I have recently caught a queen ant that I think is a British 'Pavement Ant' (Tetramorium)
I have kept it in a simple small tub, with a piece of cotton wool containing water.
I have checked on it every few days, and each time the cotton wool has had red/purple large spots on it.
Does anyone know what this is and whether it's normal?
Is it blood?

Thanks

I also can attach photos if needed

AntsLuxembourg
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Re: Red spots on cotton wool in test tube setup

Post: # 52455Post AntsLuxembourg
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:50 am

It would be helpful to have some pictures. Also don't worry. It's not antblood but I also have the same the whole piece of cotton looks redish and pink. would be interesting to know what it could be. :P
Doing some proper research is the best way to start an antcolony. After the research you can still go and fetsh a colony from one of your local GAN-Farmers.

Founding colonies:
10 - Lasius Niger Colony
1 - Messor Barbarus

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Re: Red spots on cotton wool in test tube setup

Post: # 52479Post AntsDakota
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:28 pm

adama131 wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:25 pm
I have recently caught a queen ant that I think is a British 'Pavement Ant' (Tetramorium)
I have kept it in a simple small tub, with a piece of cotton wool containing water.
I have checked on it every few days, and each time the cotton wool has had red/purple large spots on it.
Does anyone know what this is and whether it's normal?
Is it blood?

Thanks

I also can attach photos if needed
So, ant blood is not red. It's clear. This is most likely bacteria growth.
"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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