Unknown possibly parasitic queen death (Need Help Confirming)

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liufen001
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Unknown possibly parasitic queen death (Need Help Confirming)

Post: # 70181Post liufen001
Thu May 21, 2020 7:50 pm

https://ibb.co/SKXG6cm
https://ibb.co/B2X6gR7
https://ibb.co/RDkRFGL
https://ibb.co/JpBxBpS

A rather confusing death, first three links and you will see the "sesame like parasite" kinda like tapeworm but the last photo is even more confusing, there are larve in the water! possibly from things that used to live in the cotton or may be brought in from the queen itself. Luckly i have 2 more queens.

SkeleAnt
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Re: Unknown possibly parasitic queen death (Need Help Confirming)

Post: # 70277Post SkeleAnt
Sun May 24, 2020 11:11 am

I’m not sure the species, but those do look like ant parasites possibly from some kind of fly/wasp. I believe they lay their eggs inside the ant queen, then they hatch, grow, and burrow out before spinning cocoons. Do the sesame seed looking things move, or stay still? Are the maggots in the water moving/swimming, or do they appear dead?
First time ant keeper with 2 formica subsericea queens!

liufen001
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Re: Unknown possibly parasitic queen death (Need Help Confirming)

Post: # 70292Post liufen001
Sun May 24, 2020 2:20 pm

I kept the test tube "for science", and found that the yellow things don't move, at least not visibly. The maggots appear to be dead and are not moving niether.

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