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Kdpfaf
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Twitching

Post: # 64693Post Kdpfaf
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:47 pm

So Im new to the ant world and so far its been amazing. I love these guys with a new found appreciation. I watched a lot of AntsCanada videos before to ensure I would be able to keep her going. I started with my solo Queen. Im constantly watching her ( I have 2 test tubes taped together. It began to transfer but its been 2 weeks now and she wont move. I have one side wrapped dark and the other in light as directed but us Floridans live here cause we love the sun :) .) So I have been observing that the small workers have been passing away and the ones with larger gasters are going strong. Is this normal? Also I got her from a GAN farmer one of her wings is still in the tube so I know they are most likely her first and weaker, I just want to make sure Im not slowly bumping them off. Also the ones with the bigger gasters walk around it looks they are bees trying to sting something. They are Camponotus Floridanus and they arent supposed to be stingers. What are they doing?

Hawkeye
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Location: Almelo

Re: Twitching

Post: # 65334Post Hawkeye
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:07 am

Kdpfaf wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:47 pm
So Im new to the ant world and so far its been amazing. I love these guys with a new found appreciation. I watched a lot of AntsCanada videos before to ensure I would be able to keep her going. I started with my solo Queen. Im constantly watching her ( I have 2 test tubes taped together. It began to transfer but its been 2 weeks now and she wont move. I have one side wrapped dark and the other in light as directed but us Floridans live here cause we love the sun :) .) So I have been observing that the small workers have been passing away and the ones with larger gasters are going strong. Is this normal? Also I got her from a GAN farmer one of her wings is still in the tube so I know they are most likely her first and weaker, I just want to make sure Im not slowly bumping them off. Also the ones with the bigger gasters walk around it looks they are bees trying to sting something. They are Camponotus Floridanus and they arent supposed to be stingers. What are they doing?
It sounds to me like your nanitics are starting to die. It could be their age, or possibly they are more susceptible than the others to something that is affecting your colony. At what temperature are you keeping them? They preferably should be kept at no higher than 25 degrees Celsius.
I am not sure about the 'stinging' behaviour, they might be spraying acid instead? Could your colony have been infected with some mites?
I recommend you post your questions in the Camponotus Crew thread if you'd like to exchange ideas and experiences with fellow Carpenter ant keepers.

Antmanboy
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Re: Twitching

Post: # 67549Post Antmanboy
Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:06 am

I think that those are likely possibilitys and that they maybe are just starting to die of old age
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