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Mcrummett
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Odd behaviour

Post: # 57149Post Mcrummett
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:24 am

I have a Lasius Niger queen in a test tube setting with about 6 workers. My second queen as the first one died over winter :(.

Anyway the water in her first test tube has run out a while ago. I set her up so she has a tube to a magnifying dish (that i can remove the lid and feed into) and then another tube to a fresh test tube with water.

It's been several weeks and she hasnt moved. I've also noticed she's collected a ball of cotton wall and was playing with that this morning. Why would she?

Last night i opened the cupboard door to let light in and covered over the new test tube and feeding area. Hoping she will move.

Is that the right move?

AntsDakota
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Re: Odd behaviour

Post: # 57206Post AntsDakota
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:32 am

Mcrummett wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:24 am
I have a Lasius Niger queen in a test tube setting with about 6 workers. My second queen as the first one died over winter :(.

Anyway the water in her first test tube has run out a while ago. I set her up so she has a tube to a magnifying dish (that i can remove the lid and feed into) and then another tube to a fresh test tube with water.

It's been several weeks and she hasnt moved. I've also noticed she's collected a ball of cotton wall and was playing with that this morning. Why would she?

Last night i opened the cupboard door to let light in and covered over the new test tube and feeding area. Hoping she will move.

Is that the right move?
Sometimes queens can be very stubborn when it comes to moving. (Believe me-I’ve tried!) Just continue to be patient, and you could also raising the old test tube higher and the new one lower, as it is an ant’s instinct to move downward.
"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

tacolover
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Re: Odd behaviour

Post: # 57504Post tacolover
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:47 am

How often do you view her? becuase being in the dark will make her (and workers) feel like their in the soil underground.

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