Strange Death

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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Strange Death

Post: # 34912Post Tethiner
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:22 am

I just lost two Sol. Inv. Queens in their test tubes.
1 kinda makes sense. it appears she somehow got entangled in the cotton. I am not sure how that happened but I could not get her corpse physically separated out of the cotton.

The second bothers me.
I rescued a queen (with wings) from my pool. She was really in bad shape but I got her out of the water and set her in the sun for awhile to dry out. I took a little bit, but she perked up and seemed okay. I put her in a test tube, all is well.
I did not have high hopes, but about a week in and eggs!
So I check on here in the morning and she was happily caring for her brood. That evening my daughter wanted a peek. She had not seen the eggs. I know they should not be disturbed too much, so we went for a quick peek and then back into the dark. But she was dead. She seemed absolutely fine...and then absolutely dead. and all the orphaned eggs.
I wonder what happened. Should I have tried feeding her?
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Re: Strange Death

Post: # 35009Post PwnerPie
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:46 am

Could be from the extreme stress of almost drowning, I had a similar situation happen to me with an ant that almost died. I do wonder if being full (from being fed) could have helped her, will definitely try it next time!
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Re: Strange Death

Post: # 54936Post CreeperUniverse
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:17 pm

She could've been ill or just disturbed too much.
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