I recently purchased a Camponotus cruentatus queen with eggs. WHen I recieved her she did not have any eggs. The chance she ate them on her trip are huge.
She was very very mad and aggressive when I got her, she was tearing the cotton ball blocking her tube apart and almost escaped this way. Because she was out of water I put her in a new tube with fresh water. She ws still very agresive and attacked the cotton wool again.
I tought meybe I can relax her a but with a drop of honeydew (although she is claustral). But because I could not open the tube without her making a kamikaze attempt to escape, I decided to connect a small feeding bow, approx 7 cm big. I connected it with a black test tube connector. She did not take the honeydew but immediatly found her space in the dark of the connector (I kept the test tube also in the dark). After 2 days she still did not eat and I decided to remove the outworld and put the cotton wool back in the tube. This made her furious! She even started to attack it with her gaster.
Because she tore the cotton wool apart the tube was full of white bits. I could not see if it was cotton wool or eggs. There was also some of it in the connector. That's when I thought: what if she placed her eggs in the connector. So I immediatly placed the outworld back and she relaxed.
I decided to place her in a dark closet where she is not disturbed and were the temperature is a constant 25 degrees C. I do not peek anymore but lately when I open the closet I can see a small part of the outworld. Almost all of the time she is sitting in this box instead of the tube. The last couple of days she is trying to climb the walls of this small box to escape. Because it has a lit (with holes for oxygen) she can not escape. Other times she is back in the test tube.
What to do???
- Should I just let her go her way and do not disturb her for a couple of months?
- Should I try to get her back in the test tube and lock her in and then leave her alone?
- Should I place the tube in a larger container so she can walk in and out freely (I know this is only done with larger colonies)
Or should I just give this one up? Some say this behaviour is typical for workers so this case is hopeless. I just hope someone knows what's going on and has some advise.
Thank you very much
Edited by Rozema, October 7 2018 - 3:25 AM.