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Ltislander
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I found a carpenter ant queen

Post: # 36274Post Ltislander
Wed May 23, 2018 3:53 pm

I think she is pregnant because her gaster is big and she’s licking it a lot! She maybe my only successful queen after 1 year! :D

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Re: I found a carpenter ant queen

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Wed May 23, 2018 8:34 pm

Congrats dude! I found 10 S.invicta coming home form a camping trip. They just had their nuptial flight :D

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Re: I found a carpenter ant queen

Post: # 36524Post AntsDakota
Tue May 29, 2018 6:41 pm

Ltislander wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 3:53 pm
I think she is pregnant because her gaster is big and she’s licking it a lot! She maybe my only successful queen after 1 year! :D
I just caught one as well, and her gaster looks large too. She was trying to dig down in the cotton, and not out. Could this all mean she's mated and trying to dig a founding chamber? Also, she still has her wings, and if she is mated I hope she keeps them, since she can be distinguished from her future super majors more quickly, and it just looks good on her. (They're a gold color.)
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: I found a carpenter ant queen

Post: # 36526Post AntsDakota
Tue May 29, 2018 6:49 pm

Ltislander wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 3:53 pm
I think she is pregnant because her gaster is big and she’s licking it a lot! She maybe my only successful queen after 1 year! :D
What species is she?
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: I found a carpenter ant queen

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Thu May 31, 2018 5:43 am

AntsDakota wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 6:41 pm
I just caught one as well, and her gaster looks large too. She was trying to dig down in the cotton, and not out. Could this all mean she's mated and trying to dig a founding chamber? Also, she still has her wings, and if she is mated I hope she keeps them, since she can be distinguished from her future super majors more quickly, and it just looks good on her. (They're a gold color.)
is she digging into the water side?
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Re: I found a carpenter ant queen

Post: # 36632Post Ltislander
Thu May 31, 2018 6:10 pm

is she digging into the water side?
Mine is digging into the water cotton

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Re: I found a carpenter ant queen

Post: # 36635Post AntsDakota
Thu May 31, 2018 6:25 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Thu May 31, 2018 5:43 am
AntsDakota wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 6:41 pm
I just caught one as well, and her gaster looks large too. She was trying to dig down in the cotton, and not out. Could this all mean she's mated and trying to dig a founding chamber? Also, she still has her wings, and if she is mated I hope she keeps them, since she can be distinguished from her future super majors more quickly, and it just looks good on her. (They're a gold color.)
is she digging into the water side?
Yep.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: I found a carpenter ant queen

Post: # 36649Post antnest8
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:12 am

she could be needing water since the cotton is too dry or yes she could just be going by instinct. Beware though because this might lead to a flooded test tube if she digs too far. try pushing in the cotton a little bit more to make it more moist and see what happens.
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2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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Re: I found a carpenter ant queen

Post: # 36685Post AntsDakota
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:37 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:12 am
she could be needing water since the cotton is too dry or yes she could just be going by instinct. Beware though because this might lead to a flooded test tube if she digs too far. try pushing in the cotton a little bit more to make it more moist and see what happens.
The cotton was wet when I put her in.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: I found a carpenter ant queen

Post: # 36755Post AntsDakota
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:44 pm

As much as I love my queen, isn't this topic supposed to be about Ltislander's queen?
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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