Let us know of your ant colonies or queens that have passed away. We will grieve together but will also learn why your ants may not have succeeded.
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I am fairly new to ant keeping on my 2nd year now and am working on my first 3 Camponotus Vicinus Queens, I have a fairly successful but young Tetramorium colony that is thriving. 2 of my Camponotus Queens all of which were found within 1 week are doing just fine and have 1 and 3 Nantics with eggs in both. The other queen had 5 nantics eggs and larva and appeared to be doing the best of all 3. I check on them once every 2 weeks for a brief time to make sure they are healthy. Within the past 2 days I checked twice due to noticing the 1st dead nantic to see a 2nd one a day later. I did a bunch of research hoping I hadn't mistaken a fully claustral ant for a semi claustral. I ended up connecting their tube (all of my equipment is AntsCanada) to the small chamber used for semi claustral ants and offered a crushed Dubia roach nymph. One nantic went at it right away so I connected a tube with honey water to the other side and she went after that to. Everything I've read indicates these are fully claustral so I'm quite confused. Was I starving them? Have I missed something vital? The tube of water is clean not a drop of mold I was very thorough in checking. Any help is appreciated I don't want to kill them through ignorance!
They are fully cluastral only during the founding stage. After the the first nanatic arrives you should feed the a small drop of honey. And then when there are 5 nanatics you should give the a small protein like a roach leg or a cut up superworm. I recommend honey or sugar water is give every 3-4 days and protein every 5-6 days.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.
Thank you very much I misunderstood completely I hope I have corrected my mistake quickly enough to save the 3rd queen the other 2 are doing ok and now I know what to do. Thank you very much!
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