For some reason all the ant queens i catch always die

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Itscrazygamerpro
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For some reason all the ant queens i catch always die

Post: # 67664Post Itscrazygamerpro
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:22 pm

i have a Camponotus queen right now and worried that she might meet the same fate :(

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Re: For some reason all the ant queens i catch always die

Post: # 67667Post BluMoon
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:31 pm

Oh no... Well, queen ants only have, like, 15% chance of making it past the founding stage in the wild.
So I wouldn't lose hope yet if I were you.
I'm sure you know this, but just make sure that your queen is somewhere that is quiet and dark, try to leave her peace, but make sure she has enough water.
Sometimes it helps if you keep them low 20's Celsius.
All the best with your Camponotus queen!
Keeper of 1 x Strobe Ant Queen + Larvae + 0 x Workers :D

Itscrazygamerpro
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Re: For some reason all the ant queens i catch always die

Post: # 67802Post Itscrazygamerpro
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:08 pm

Thanks I Will update you

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Re: For some reason all the ant queens i catch always die

Post: # 71378Post Hawkeye
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:53 am

Itscrazygamerpro wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:22 pm
i have a Camponotus queen right now and worried that she might meet the same fate :(
Hi there!

Before I forget you might find our Camponotus Crew thread interesting if you'd like to exchange experiences with other ant keepers.

As for your queens dying, this can depend on several factors. Can you tell us how you've housed them, fed them, how many times you checked on them etc.? And did you use tapwater by chance to fill your test tube?

Ideally you want to keep a Camponotus queen at slightly higher than room temperature, so 25 degrees Celsius. Lower temperatures cause her eggs/larvae/pupae to develop slower.

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