Multiple queens stopped laying eggs

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PwnerPie
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Multiple queens stopped laying eggs

Post: # 42005Post PwnerPie
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:45 pm

Hi,
I have 5 different formica colonies, between 20 and 70 workers each. All of them stopped laying eggs about 60 days ago. The colonies are doing great, eating very well and in a warm environment. There has been no die off or anything, maybe an ant a week dies(at most) but that is expected. The last pupae hatched 2 weeks ago.

I have started feeding them protien every day, used to only feed them protein twice a week, in hopes that it will cause egg laying. Im not sure why they are not laying eggs!
My Myrmica and camponotus colonies are still laying eggs.

Why aren't my formica colonies laying any more eggs?
Keeper of:
2x Formica Sp
2x Camponotus Sp

Founding:
3x Lasius Sp
2x Formica Sp
1x Myrmica Sp
1x Tetramorium Sp

GAN Farmer: 3 Colonies sold
Goal: Supply school science classes with colonies for learning.

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Re: Multiple queens stopped laying eggs

Post: # 42131Post MorbidBugg
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:04 am

Question what's your sugar schedule like? I noticed that you mentioned feeding proteins. Which is important but sugars are important for egg laying perhaps they need a shot of energy.
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Re: Multiple queens stopped laying eggs

Post: # 42133Post idahoantgirl
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:42 am

Actually sugars keep the brood and queen alive, but protein is required for egg and brood development.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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Re: Multiple queens stopped laying eggs

Post: # 42181Post PwnerPie
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:38 pm

Feed them honey atleast once a week. Generally only give them more once they finish whats in there. But they always have available sugar
Keeper of:
2x Formica Sp
2x Camponotus Sp

Founding:
3x Lasius Sp
2x Formica Sp
1x Myrmica Sp
1x Tetramorium Sp

GAN Farmer: 3 Colonies sold
Goal: Supply school science classes with colonies for learning.

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Re: Multiple queens stopped laying eggs

Post: # 42184Post idahoantgirl
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:38 pm

It could also be that your fully claustral queens just get stressed from the food your giving them. The very best thing to do is to stop feeding them, removing all food, and leaving them in the dark, undisturbed for two weeks (no peeking) Camponotus is very susceptible to stress, so I really think this is the very best thing to do.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Multiple queens stopped laying eggs

Post: # 45448Post PwnerPie
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:55 am

idahoantgirl wrote:
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:38 pm
It could also be that your fully claustral queens just get stressed from the food your giving them. The very best thing to do is to stop feeding them, removing all food, and leaving them in the dark, undisturbed for two weeks (no peeking) Camponotus is very susceptible to stress, so I really think this is the very best thing to do.
I am only referring to already established colonies, my young colonies are still laying eggs. In fact, my young camponotus colony has a giant pile of brood with new eggs and has an enclosed major! Very excited for that one! :).

Only referring to my established formica colonies. I wonder if something i am doing is good for other species but not formica? I cant think of what it would be. Still no new eggs for any of the formica species
Keeper of:
2x Formica Sp
2x Camponotus Sp

Founding:
3x Lasius Sp
2x Formica Sp
1x Myrmica Sp
1x Tetramorium Sp

GAN Farmer: 3 Colonies sold
Goal: Supply school science classes with colonies for learning.

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