My queen ant escaped her test tube!!!

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cheetawolf
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My queen ant escaped her test tube!!!

Post: # 41139Post cheetawolf
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:32 pm

she was a tetramorium immigrans! her test tube was perfectly set-up and i kept her in a dark drawer, before she escaped one time i checked on her, she was in the middle of the cotton and the glass so i added more cotton for protection, and not even a week has past and she escaped! what went wrong? i have another tetramorium queen and she settled in perfectly and laid a batch of eggs, but this girl did not like it and escaped! what do i do? what went wrong? and should i be concerned of her wandering my house?!
yay for ants!

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AmatureAnt
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Re: My queen ant escaped her test tube!!!

Post: # 41145Post AmatureAnt
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:12 pm

First, i am not an expert, im very new to this, so, yeah..
Second, that sucks. Sorry she got away.

When i first started, i put my tubes in a plastic bowl with a lid. I had cut holes in the top and added screen to them for air. I was afraid there would be escapes, but so far ive been lucky. You probably just had a persistent queen.

Maybe next time, you can add more length to the cotton? instead of an inch deep, maybe 2?
As for her wondering the house, i actually caught a queen in the middle of my living room this year. Shes laid eggs and everything after i tubed her. So, i wouldnt worry about it.. they'll get in the house if you like it or not. lol
Founding:
9x T. Immigrans.
Formica subsericea.

Keeping:
2x C. Pennsylvanicus.
T. Immigrans.
Camponotus Subbarbatus.

cheetawolf
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Re: My queen ant escaped her test tube!!!

Post: # 41147Post cheetawolf
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:27 pm

thank you for answering, i have another question, when is the best time to look for c pennsylvanicus ? and where?
yay for ants!

keeping
15x lasius niger/americanus

founding
1x tetramorium immigrans

searching for
c. pennsylvanicus

GAN farmer in richmond BC

TheRealAntMan
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Re: My queen ant escaped her test tube!!!

Post: # 41148Post TheRealAntMan
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:30 pm

cheetawolf wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:27 pm
thank you for answering, i have another question, when is the best time to look for c pennsylvanicus ? and where?
The best times I find these queens, are in May and early June, with occasional catches in July and August.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

cheetawolf
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Re: My queen ant escaped her test tube!!!

Post: # 41150Post cheetawolf
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:33 pm

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:30 pm
cheetawolf wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:27 pm
thank you for answering, i have another question, when is the best time to look for c pennsylvanicus ? and where?
The best times I find these queens, are in May and early June, with occasional catches in July and August.
can i find them on the side walk and such?
yay for ants!

keeping
15x lasius niger/americanus

founding
1x tetramorium immigrans

searching for
c. pennsylvanicus

GAN farmer in richmond BC

TheRealAntMan
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Location: Chicago, Illinois

Re: My queen ant escaped her test tube!!!

Post: # 41151Post TheRealAntMan
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:00 pm

cheetawolf wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:33 pm
TheRealAntMan wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:30 pm
cheetawolf wrote:
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:27 pm
thank you for answering, i have another question, when is the best time to look for c pennsylvanicus ? and where?
The best times I find these queens, are in May and early June, with occasional catches in July and August.
can i find them on the side walk and such?
Yes you can.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

MorbidBugg
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Re: My queen ant escaped her test tube!!!

Post: # 41159Post MorbidBugg
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:49 am

Look on paths near bodies of water like a stream pond etc it will increase your chances of Camponotus spotting ;) good luck!
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