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Mechanic3089
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My strange queen

Post: # 59790Post Mechanic3089
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:59 pm

Hello everyone, recently my Camponotus formicarium and outworld arrived and in no time at all my colony of Carpenter ants moved right in. I estimated there are anywhere from 200-250 workers. They appear to really love their outworld but today I noticed something strange. My queen. She still hadn't shed her wings, although you could see where the workers had torn at the ends of her wings, and more surprisingly she leaves the nest and actually attempts to spread her wings and fly :o !!! Has anyone heard of a camponotus queen doing this? Shes clearly fertile and is the only one in the nest with wings ( no elates) I'm afraid she hurt herself and doom the colony, what should I do? If anything

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Re: My strange queen

Post: # 59796Post Camponotus
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:04 am

Some queens leave their wings no matter what.Maybe she's trying to shed them

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Re: My strange queen

Post: # 59812Post AGENTSCEPTILE
Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:17 am

Yeah, I agree withCamponotus on the flying matter-- She is probably just trying to shed them...
But as for leaving the nest, I can't think of anything else but maybe you're watering the formicarium too much? Maybe its causing too much moisture down there, but that is all I can think of.. :|
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Mechanic3089
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Re: My strange queen

Post: # 59843Post Mechanic3089
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:21 am

I thought about the moisture part of the nest too. I removed some of the cotton as a way to lessen moisture. She is in there now and hasn't left, but she still has her wings. Will she ever shed them? Or will she keep them for her life

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Re: My strange queen

Post: # 59859Post Camponotus
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:42 pm

The time will tell :D

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