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Lucasabbott
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chewing cotton

Post: # 70182Post Lucasabbott
Thu May 21, 2020 7:54 pm

my new caught queen ant is not calm at all and wont stop trying to chew through the cotton in my test tube setup and trying to squeeze her head through it to escape. Does anyone have suggestions on what I should do?

liufen001
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Re: chewing cotton

Post: # 70183Post liufen001
Thu May 21, 2020 7:57 pm

Same thing happend to my queen, i let her sit for quite a while (at least a week) and then she started laying eggs, maybey she's just stressed.

Lucasabbott
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Re: chewing cotton

Post: # 70184Post Lucasabbott
Thu May 21, 2020 8:02 pm

Ok thank you

liufen001
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Re: chewing cotton

Post: # 70186Post liufen001
Thu May 21, 2020 8:36 pm

Glad i can help, maybe someone else has a better solution...?

Lucasabbott
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Re: chewing cotton

Post: # 70192Post Lucasabbott
Thu May 21, 2020 10:31 pm

maybe?

Iabast
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Re: chewing cotton

Post: # 70258Post Iabast
Sun May 24, 2020 2:23 am

I would make sure that there is enough cotton in there, just to be safe, other than that, I’ve got nothing .

SkeleAnt
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Re: chewing cotton

Post: # 70272Post SkeleAnt
Sun May 24, 2020 10:46 am

It’s a stress thing most likely. So long as the cotton isn’t too densely packed so she can’t breathe, the best thing to do is leave her test tube in the dark and forget about her for at least a week, maybe longer. She doesn’t need constant checking at her founding stage, and looking at her frequently will only increase her stress.

Ants also sometimes pull cotton in their test tubes to sort of arrange their space like they would if they were making a normal nest, so she might just be trying to fill in some of the empty space with whatever medium she has available to make herself more comfortable. In this case all she has is the cotton. I would really just leave her be for a while and not disturb her, and see if she starts laying eggs and calms down after that point.
First time ant keeper with 2 formica subsericea queens!

Lucasabbott
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Re: chewing cotton

Post: # 70322Post Lucasabbott
Mon May 25, 2020 1:09 pm

thank you for all the help!

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