need advice on how to move a queen out of a test tube.

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antsofthelowcountry
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need advice on how to move a queen out of a test tube.

Post: # 47024Post antsofthelowcountry
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:52 pm

The test tube setup is filled with an unsafe amount of mold. How do I safely move the queen and her brood?
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NKantsalberta
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Re: need advice on how to move a queen out of a test tube.

Post: # 47079Post NKantsalberta
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:39 am

If you have another test tube, what i have done is tape (small strip just to keep them together) a clean set up to the dirty one (after removing the cotton blocker). cover the new tube and expose the dirty one to light. Worked with one of my Formica, my camponotus however prefers the dirty tube and refuses to move into the dark and cleaner side :shock: so she has a nice long chamber :lol:
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antsofthelowcountry
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Re: need advice on how to move a queen out of a test tube.

Post: # 47085Post antsofthelowcountry
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:43 am

Thanks, I thought so but I was very worried to try the tape in case the ant got stuck to it somehow
As always, wishing you well on your exciting ant adventure, Ants the Lowcountry.

MorbidBugg
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Re: need advice on how to move a queen out of a test tube.

Post: # 47087Post MorbidBugg
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:53 am

Just make sure you press the tubes together while taping and you shouldn't have to worry about that. Even then my formica was able to walk across electrical tape easy enough....
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