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TMoneyAnts
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Help Ripping up cotton

Post: # 77060Post TMoneyAnts
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:10 pm

My camponotus queen who has a few workers and around 12 eggs keeps ripping into the cotton in her tube and piling it through the tube even though she is in a tub tube set up. It’s making a mess and makes me worry about the eggs what should I do?

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Re: Help Ripping up cotton

Post: # 77061Post AM1C39
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:14 pm

If you are worried about it you can try to get ride of the extra cotton she has pulled out.
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

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Re: Help Ripping up cotton

Post: # 77062Post TMoneyAnts
Tue Apr 27, 2021 9:16 pm

Except she keeps pulling at it... I’m worried about stressing her and her eating the eggs.. any ideals how I’d go about it? I tried placing another tube set up in the tub and covering it to entice them to move but they didn’t

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Re: Help Ripping up cotton

Post: # 77072Post AM1C39
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:32 am

Is she ripping the water cotton? If she is not she should be fine, she is just doing a little redecorating. If she is pulling at the water cotton having another test tube beside her is a good idea.
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

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Re: Help Ripping up cotton

Post: # 77104Post TMoneyAnts
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:33 pm

Yes it is the water cotton

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Re: Help Ripping up cotton

Post: # 77106Post Jager89
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:58 pm

TMoneyAnts wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:33 pm
Yes it is the water cotton
im having a some what similar issue with my winter ants one of my queens keeps pulling at the top of the cotton to form ledges in it, worried she might cause a water leak, so i was starting to consider placing the test tube on an angle.

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