Queen Ant found, Need help on how to keep it.

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Nhsbk2602
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Queen Ant found, Need help on how to keep it.

Post: # 37513Post Nhsbk2602
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:13 pm

We had a colony of black small ants in our driveway a few weeks ago and whilst looking at them and deciding what to do I noticed a large ant about a foot or two away from the entrance of their tunnels. I captured this ant and put it in a tic tac container as I have nothing better for now. It has multiple small holes poked with a needle in 3 corners, and a small paper towel piece that is folded up and has water soaked in it. I checked a day ago and the queen had laid eggs but I'm concerned that this set up may not be proper. At the time I'm not able to get test tubes so could anyone suggest any other way of doing this? Also, If this colony does pick up and start working, what is the best cost efficient way to get them setup in their first little world?
-note: small black ants, bigger reddish and black queen, northeast US. Is laying eggs, need setup help,can supply pictures if needed.

WNCAnt
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Re: Queen Ant found, Need help on how to keep it.

Post: # 37533Post WNCAnt
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:13 pm

That set up sounds fine if shes laying eggs she is comfortable. Poke one more hole in the top so you can water the towel with a needle. I have seen a few colony's founded this way, nothing seems wrong. As the old saying goes if its not broke don't fix it. When she has 15-20 workers I would think about a better set up.
Founding Camponotus Pennsylvanicus X 2.
Keeping Camponotus Subbarbatus X1.

Nhsbk2602
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Re: Queen Ant found, Need help on how to keep it.

Post: # 37538Post Nhsbk2602
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:11 pm

Is food required or not? Also should I just leave it be for a few weeks?

WNCAnt
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Re: Queen Ant found, Need help on how to keep it.

Post: # 37540Post WNCAnt
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:35 pm

Not sure need to know the species. Most ant queens minus a few do not require food, till the 1st workers show up. After an id will be able to tell you more. I only check on mine once an month, any more might stress the queen out.
Founding Camponotus Pennsylvanicus X 2.
Keeping Camponotus Subbarbatus X1.

Nhsbk2602
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Re: Queen Ant found, Need help on how to keep it.

Post: # 37541Post Nhsbk2602
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:54 pm

Best way to get a picture? Like is there any way I can describe it or something to you that is low stress?

WNCAnt
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Re: Queen Ant found, Need help on how to keep it.

Post: # 37559Post WNCAnt
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:02 am

Founding Camponotus Pennsylvanicus X 2.
Keeping Camponotus Subbarbatus X1.

Nhsbk2602
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Re: Queen Ant found, Need help on how to keep it.

Post: # 37670Post Nhsbk2602
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:04 pm

My queen https://imgur.com/a/8WJjUKh
Larvae beneath her head

AntsDakota
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Re: Queen Ant found, Need help on how to keep it.

Post: # 37914Post AntsDakota
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:45 am

Nhsbk2602 wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:13 pm
We had a colony of black small ants in our driveway a few weeks ago and whilst looking at them and deciding what to do I noticed a large ant about a foot or two away from the entrance of their tunnels. I captured this ant and put it in a tic tac container as I have nothing better for now. It has multiple small holes poked with a needle in 3 corners, and a small paper towel piece that is folded up and has water soaked in it. I checked a day ago and the queen had laid eggs but I'm concerned that this set up may not be proper. At the time I'm not able to get test tubes so could anyone suggest any other way of doing this? Also, If this colony does pick up and start working, what is the best cost efficient way to get them setup in their first little world?
-note: small black ants, bigger reddish and black queen, northeast US. Is laying eggs, need setup help,can supply pictures if needed.
If she lays eggs she's very happy! :D
"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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