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colony moving

Post: # 9425Post snakemanvet
Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:42 am

When a colony moves from one place to another does a worker carry the queen.

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Re: colony moving

Post: # 9427Post snakemanvet
Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:00 am

I was watching a colony moving,and this one worker was carrying what looks like to be a queen.I caught the worker and queen and several others with larva and placed them in a 2.5 gallon aquarium until I get home and place them in the tar heels phalanx.All the ants placed the larva around what looks like the queen and sit by touching her.

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Re: colony moving

Post: # 9433Post snakemanvet
Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:04 pm

Thanks,just hope it is a queen.

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Re: colony moving

Post: # 9466Post snakemanvet
Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:15 am

Well I checked them this morning and still haven't found the formacarium yet.But defiantly it is a queen,she laid six eggs lastnight.Any tricks to get them in the formacarium.They are staying behind it but haven't found the entrance yet.

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Re: colony moving

Post: # 9467Post snakemanvet
Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:26 am

Never mind they found it,they are moving the eggs and larva into the formacarium. whoop whoop.

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Re: colony moving

Post: # 9468Post snakemanvet
Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:42 am

after looking at different ant species it looks like they are Camponotus Castaneus.

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Re: colony moving

Post: # 9481Post ooper01
Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:33 am

snakemanvet wrote:When a colony moves from one place to another does a worker carry the queen.
Depends on the species I believe, but most have to at least coax her along. For example, my Pogonomyrmex occidentalis colony has moved twice now, and both times various workers have pulled the queen by the mouth out of the old nest and guided her to the new one. A couple of times one or two workers would try to carry her as well.
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Re: colony moving

Post: # 9482Post snakemanvet
Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:58 am

When the worker grabbed the queen she would ball up so the worker could carry her.
Thanks Durant,I don't know to post pics,besides my iPhone would not be that great.

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Re: colony moving

Post: # 9494Post snakemanvet
Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:47 pm

Thanks Durant,I caught some termites today to feed them and they don't seem interested in them.

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Re: colony moving

Post: # 9513Post snakemanvet
Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:17 am

Maybe they need more time to settle in.But the queen is laying eggs like crazy,I would guess there is around a hundred if not more.

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