Helping queens

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Zayltek
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Helping queens

Post: # 37066Post Zayltek
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:11 pm

Because of AntsCanada my wife and I are now trying to start our own Camponotus colony. Finding a queen every day or two has been easy due to my job in an open wood shop(we keep all the doors open during warmer months). However many queens I spot are curled up and/or caked in sawdust. Most found like this are still alive when I place them in temporary test tubes I jury rigged at work, but are very slow, sluggish and tend to sit against the water plug (cotton) for my shift. Is there anything more I can do to help them out or just let nature take its course?

PTasker15
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Re: Helping queens

Post: # 37132Post PTasker15
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:27 am

These Curled Up Queens Are Usally-
  • Infertile
    From A Previous Flight
    Dead
So Keep These In A Tupper Ware Container With Holes.If Condition Improves Then Move Into A Test Tube Setup.
My current ants
Pogonomyrmex Barbatus
Psudomyrmex Graccilis
Temnothroax Longiveps
Tetramourium Bicarinatum
Pheidole Moerens
Pheidole Obscuriothorax
Brachymyrmex Patgonicus
Camponotus Decipens,And Castanus.

Zayltek
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Joined: Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:05 pm
Location: Bolingbrook

Re: Helping queens

Post: # 37539Post Zayltek
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:33 pm

Much appreciated. 2 of the 3 healthy queens I've caught at work have started laying broods. Now to wait till August for workers!

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