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Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:15 am
I just got a solenopsis Queen and she already has one worker.but when I try to expose her in light to give food then she immediately started to run like crazy and eat her own eggs.what should I do?????
Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:12 am
This is why feeding ants in the tube is not recommended. It causes stress and mold outbreaks. Cover her tube so it's dark. Red photography paper is great. Take a one inch section of drinking straw and wedge it between the exit cotton and the side of the tube. This will act as a cozy tunnel for your ants. Then set the whole testube in a tupperware container (smooth rounded edges) with a barrier. Place food in the outworld. If they need food, the workers will forage. If not, then don't worry. They may not need it yet. Since your queen is stressed, try not to look at her for a week after you set up the outworld.
Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:22 am
Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:47 pm
Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:21 pm
But some queens can get more stressed than others.
Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:26 am
Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:23 pm
FaranAli wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:26 am
i think stress depend on situation,not specie
I'm saying that different species get stressed more than others in the same situation.
Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:01 pm
Camponotus is very susceptible to stress related issues, while other species like tetramorium and solenopsis more hardy.
Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:56 am
Yes, best to give her a chance to hide and do her thing. Colony founding is a delicate time in an ants life cycle and you don't want to disturb her too much.
Do you happen know what species this is? Fire ants tend to be hardy, but not the small Diplos. I specialize in Solenopsis and would be very interested in a few workers (dead, of course) from Nepal, if you would be willing to send me some once the colony has grown sufficiently in size.
Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:30 am
When it gets about 100 to 200 workers.i can give you