Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

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SillySil
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Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

Post: # 51542Post SillySil
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:47 pm

So I've bought formica cinerea colony 1 month ago. It consists of 1 queen and 10 workers. They live in a testtube setup connected to foraging area. I've been feeding them pieces of spiders, egg yolk and honey.

Around 30 days have passed and so far there are no eggs. Should I be worried? Is it because it's autumn here? I live in Poland. Or it's too early to tell anything and I'm worrying too much?

Olst1207
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Re: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

Post: # 51557Post Olst1207
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:42 pm

Could you help me with something? My queen layed eggs but she hasn’t put them together. They are scattered across the test tube

SillySil
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Re: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

Post: # 51571Post SillySil
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:16 pm

Olst1207 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:42 pm
Could you help me with something? My queen layed eggs but she hasn’t put them together. They are scattered across the test tube
I have no idea man. I'm just starting with ant keeping. Sorry. I came here for help too.

TheRealAntMan
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Re: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

Post: # 51575Post TheRealAntMan
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:42 pm

SillySil wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:47 pm
So I've bought formica cinerea colony 1 month ago. It consists of 1 queen and 10 workers. They live in a testtube setup connected to foraging area. I've been feeding them pieces of spiders, egg yolk and honey.

Around 30 days have passed and so far there are no eggs. Should I be worried? Is it because it's autumn here? I live in Poland. Or it's too early to tell anything and I'm worrying too much?
Your ants are likely preparing for hibernation. Formica do not hibernate with their brood.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

SillySil
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Re: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

Post: # 51593Post SillySil
Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:15 am

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:42 pm
SillySil wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:47 pm
So I've bought formica cinerea colony 1 month ago. It consists of 1 queen and 10 workers. They live in a testtube setup connected to foraging area. I've been feeding them pieces of spiders, egg yolk and honey.

Around 30 days have passed and so far there are no eggs. Should I be worried? Is it because it's autumn here? I live in Poland. Or it's too early to tell anything and I'm worrying too much?
Your ants are likely preparing for hibernation. Formica do not hibernate with their brood.
Thanks man.

AntsDakota
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Re: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

Post: # 51640Post AntsDakota
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:40 pm

Olst1207 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:42 pm
Could you help me with something? My queen layed eggs but she hasn’t put them together. They are scattered across the test tube
Then she probably isn't fertilized.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

AntsDakota
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Re: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

Post: # 51641Post AntsDakota
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:40 pm

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:42 pm
SillySil wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:47 pm
So I've bought formica cinerea colony 1 month ago. It consists of 1 queen and 10 workers. They live in a testtube setup connected to foraging area. I've been feeding them pieces of spiders, egg yolk and honey.

Around 30 days have passed and so far there are no eggs. Should I be worried? Is it because it's autumn here? I live in Poland. Or it's too early to tell anything and I'm worrying too much?
Your ants are likely preparing for hibernation. Formica do not hibernate with their brood.
Do Camponotus keep their brood over the winter?
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

TheRealAntMan
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Re: Formica Cinerea colony no eggs after a month

Post: # 51655Post TheRealAntMan
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:57 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:40 pm
TheRealAntMan wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:42 pm
SillySil wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:47 pm
So I've bought formica cinerea colony 1 month ago. It consists of 1 queen and 10 workers. They live in a testtube setup connected to foraging area. I've been feeding them pieces of spiders, egg yolk and honey.

Around 30 days have passed and so far there are no eggs. Should I be worried? Is it because it's autumn here? I live in Poland. Or it's too early to tell anything and I'm worrying too much?
Your ants are likely preparing for hibernation. Formica do not hibernate with their brood.
Do Camponotus keep their brood over the winter?
I've never heard of any species of Camponotus that don't overwinter their brood.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

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