Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis colony
Offline - Posted March 10 2014 - 8:40 PM
This is the first egg cluster of the year. This colony will be a year old in july and is my oldest colony
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What sucks about stuff like this, is you immediately start trying to figure out what is killing them, and so you want to make changes to try to save them, but I think most of the time it's something that you will probably never know, and/or something that is completely out of your control. What happens then, is when the die off stops, whatever change you made, you then will forever think that that was what was killing the ants. Because of this, I try to wait as long as I can before making any changes to anything, in hopes that the die off will stop. I think if it continues to happen over a longer and longer period of time, it means more and more that it could be something you are doing. The decision you have to make is when to finally start making changes. Sure you could make lots of big changes, and maybe stop the die-off, but the problem then is you have no idea which specific change stopped it, leaving the possibility of running into the same problem again in the future. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just ask them what's wrong?
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Offline - Posted April 4 2014 - 1:26 PM
I wonder how long the workers of this species usually live?
The nest is moist enough?
Maybe offer some fresh orange/lemon juice ? If it is a fungus they may be able to use the acidic juice to get rid of it.
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