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How can I tell which colony an ant escapee came from?


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#1 Offline Nawor3565 - Posted May 29 2019 - 12:40 PM

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I was just taking a look at how my colonies are doing, and I noticed a Camponotus worker crawling down the wall, outside of their container. The containers I keep them in are almost air-tight, but since I fed my colonies today one of them must have slipped out when I was putting the food in. I caught them in a test tube, but the problem is, I have two Camponotus colonies, and I don't know which one the worker came from. As I understand, if I return them to the wrong one, they'll fight with the other workers and die. Is there any way I can find which colony they came from, or will I just have to take a chance? 



#2 Offline Acutus - Posted May 29 2019 - 1:47 PM

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Test tube with mesh over the end. If they act aggressive they can't reach each other?


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Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva


#3 Offline Nawor3565 - Posted May 29 2019 - 2:40 PM

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Test tube with mesh over the end. If they act aggressive they can't reach each other?

 

Makes sense, although I'm not quite sure what "aggressive behavior" would look like. Do you know what I should look for?



#4 Offline Acutus - Posted May 29 2019 - 3:05 PM

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it'll be obvious. The colony will try to kill the worker. If they just pass by or check it out and leave you should be OK.


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Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva





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