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Please Help!!-- Queen Behavior

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:11 pm
by AntsNW
First of all, Thank you for reading this!
I have a Camponotus Vicinus Queen who is acting... Strange.
I ordered her online at LEAST a month ago, she was super light sensitive, and ate her eggs the MOMENT I checked on her. Now, she has two small larvae, and maybe Some eggs. I just checked on her (along with my other ants) and she was standing stockstill, holding a larvae in her mouth. The other larvae was "suspended" in the air, and I could see (as I looked closer) that this part of the test tube seemed to be crisscrossed with cottony fibers, it looked like a spider web.
Usually, when ever I check on her, she races around and stops whatever she's doing. This time, I couldn't see ANY reaction, the only reason I could tell she was alive is because her "tongue" was moving on the larvae.
In case THIS matters, she seemed to be holding it up to the cotton ball... :?
ANY info about why she is doing this and/or what is happening would be INCREDIBLY helpful!
Thank you SO much,

Re: Please Help!!-- Queen Behavior

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:10 pm
by AntsNW
I just checked on her again, and she seemed to be in the same position, just now her head was in the "normal position"-- She wasn't holding up the larvae any more.
what I did notice was that she had eaten one of her larvae! :cry:
This is very disappointing, because she has already restarted 4+ times, and now she only has one SMALL larvae left, which she will probably eat too...
I don't have very much hope for her as hibernation is starting soon. Is it possible for queens to survive that without workers?-- If so, Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening again?
I already leave her alone, and only check up on her once every week, when I check all my queens.
Any input would be INCREDIBLY appreciated.
Thank you,

Update!-- Journal start!

Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:29 pm
by AntsNW
I checked on the queen yesterday, and it SEEMED as though she had either some eggs, or a larvae! :D
So... It seems a though this topic isn't a "HELP!!!" anymore, and I am thinking of turning this topic into a journal on my Camponotus Vicinus queen!
Just one question.-- How do I change the name of this topic???
Thank you!!! :D

Update: Hibernation

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:25 am
by AntsNW
Hibernation time is upon us!
my ants have been in hibernation for about one week. today I checked on them and my camponotus queen seems to still have one small larvae!
where I live, it gets VERY cold, and usually drops below freezing in the winter months... last night it was around 37 degrees, but the night before, it was around 27.
I don't quite know what temp gets to be BAD for the ants, but any input would be appreciated! :)
- AntsNW