Noob needs help with camponotus pennsylvanicus

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Stragix
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Noob needs help with camponotus pennsylvanicus

Post: # 38087Post Stragix
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:44 pm

So I'm new to ant keeping.

I have a Formica subsericea queen with 1 worker and some larva that I purchased.

I have 2 colonies of what I'm pretty sure is Montimorium Minimum that I dug out of the ground that are doing OK.

While splitting firewood a few weeks ago I happened upon what I believe is camponotus pennsylvanicus queen in a small chamber with 5-6 larva and no workers. I put her and her larva in a test tube setup and she is not happy. She pulled a lot of the cotton out trying to escape but finally gave up, then ate her brood. I have been leaving her alone in a dark quiet area and checking as infrequently as possible but her test tube is starting to get mold on the cotton. I'm tryin to coax her into a new, fresh test tube.

What should I do next? From what I have read the recommended course of action is leave her along and pray she calms down and starts laying eggs. Any advice other than this?

FINAnts
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Re: Noob needs help with camponotus pennsylvanicus

Post: # 38119Post FINAnts
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:43 am

I also have Camponotus queen and she pulls the cotton.
-2 L. Niger queens
-1 F. Rufa queen
-3 C. Herculeanus queens
-1 F. Fusca queen
-1 Leptothorax acervorum colony
Suomi!

Stragix
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Re: Noob needs help with camponotus pennsylvanicus

Post: # 38169Post Stragix
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:56 pm

And after posting I come home to find this:


https://imgur.com/RUCCdF5

https://imgur.com/1aUAccj

FINAnts
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Re: Noob needs help with camponotus pennsylvanicus

Post: # 38240Post FINAnts
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:43 am

Nice!
-2 L. Niger queens
-1 F. Rufa queen
-3 C. Herculeanus queens
-1 F. Fusca queen
-1 Leptothorax acervorum colony
Suomi!

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