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Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 78868Post KristijanVelja
Sat Jun 26, 2021 9:54 am

A few weeks back I found an ant queen I believed to be fertile due to her not having wings, I put her in a test tube and a week into the future she had her first eggs, they were all in one place around her, but yesterday I checked on her and saw that the eggs were all around the test tube separated. I heard this was a sign she wasn't fertile, is this true?

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Re: Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 78877Post SYUTEO
Sat Jun 26, 2021 9:02 pm

Yes, she may be infertile.
Keeping:
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Re: Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 78993Post AntsLuxembourg
Mon Jun 28, 2021 7:40 am

Hey,
I think it could also be stress. How often do you you check on her?
One per week is more than enough. Is she in a calm place? Not too much vibration?

I would just wait some more and see how it goes and if she still acts like this or the eggs don't develop, then she is indeed infertile.
Doing some proper research is the best way to start an antcolony.

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Re: Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 79016Post KristijanVelja
Mon Jun 28, 2021 10:54 am

I check up on my ants every friday for a minute only, I am really hoping that they are not stressed.
here's a picture of her: https://imgur.com/a/dTaxXKS

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Re: Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 79117Post AntsLuxembourg
Tue Jun 29, 2021 9:31 am

She looks really beautiful. :)
I also see that the eggs were clustered up so it doesn't look too much scattered around. I'm sure she will be fine. Just be patient and wait for the first workers to hatch. Maybe it's just temporary or hydro- & thermo-regulation. ;)
Doing some proper research is the best way to start an antcolony.

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Re: Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 79129Post KristijanVelja
Tue Jun 29, 2021 3:33 pm

Alright, that's good to hear. Thanks for the help!

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Re: Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 79425Post KristijanVelja
Wed Jul 07, 2021 11:53 am

I bring sad news, today when I checked up on the queen, I saw that all the eggs have disappeared but the queen is still alive, any ideas?

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Re: Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 79443Post SYUTEO
Thu Jul 08, 2021 7:00 am

She probably ate them all.
Keeping:
1 Camponotus parius colony 1 Pheidole parva colony
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Re: Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 79445Post KristijanVelja
Thu Jul 08, 2021 7:29 am

Sad, I'm guessing this confirmed that she is infertile? I doubt it was stress since I checkup on her once a week and the other queens are doing well.

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Re: Queen neglecting her eggs

Post: # 79450Post AntsLuxembourg
Thu Jul 08, 2021 9:49 am

Not sure if that is a sign of being infertile but it could be that she is just not feeling well.
Doing some proper research is the best way to start an antcolony.

Colonies:
1 - Messor Barbarus
Founding colonies:
2 - Lasius Niger Colony
Need help or want to help? https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=18153#p70566

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