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ajd271
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No Other Workers

Post: # 66658Post ajd271
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:56 pm

I recently moved my AntsCanada small ant tower upstairs in my house. I only see 4 workers above ground and I have never seen more or less. Has mt ant colony been buried alive??? :shock: :cry:
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Re: No Other Workers

Post: # 66659Post AusAnts
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:47 pm

ajd271 wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:56 pm
I recently moved my AntsCanada small ant tower upstairs in my house. I only see 4 workers above ground and I have never seen more or less. Has mt ant colony been buried alive??? :shock: :cry:
Feed them a bug and see if more workers come out, Or see where they drag it.
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ajd271
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Re: No Other Workers

Post: # 66706Post ajd271
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:23 pm

No, It's not that I don't know where the ant hole is, it's that I don't know if the queen is alive because I believe the sand has not been wet enough so the and could have collapsed on the queen.
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Former Tetrimourium Immigrans Colony
Lasius Neoniger
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Re: No Other Workers

Post: # 66711Post AusAnts
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:54 pm

hmm, you could try get them to move back into the test tube if you are super worried but i say just leave them for now. A thing you should do is plug a test tube into one of the things for vinyl tubing. This way if the ground does get dry they have somewhere to store the most important members of the colony.
2 x iridomyrmex sp Queen:15+ workers
2 x iridomyrmex pallidus: 40+ workers
1 x pheidole megacephala:2 queen 300 workers.
1 x opisthopsis Queen: 14 workers

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Re: No Other Workers

Post: # 66749Post antnest8
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:12 am

Putting a test tube in and drying out the formicarium would be a good idea.
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