So, this is the 2nd time now i've had something come along and steal cotton stoppers right of the tubes.
First time it was all of my large diameter tubes. I had packed them tightly after that since i figured it would be a little harder to pull out.
It wasnt, last night before bed i took some pics and moved my queens around a bit. Checked all the cotton, and even repacked one i thought was a little loose. It had been 2 days between checking on them so i'm not sure of how long they had went without their stoppers, and all but one were still sitting pretty on their brood pile.
Well, this morning i woke up to 5 more tubes raided. 1 queen missing (my fertile winged crematogaster) and i'm a bit saddened by this. This is the same queen that escaped the first time and i had found her later on near the rest of my ants. The rest of the queens don't leave their spots, at all.
The weird thing is that whatever is pulling the cotton isn't after anything else but the cotton. All the old cotton balls i had sitting around my collection and build area are gone too. Anyone ever have this happen to them? I know how to stop it, just wondering who else gets stupid issues like this?
I guess this is what i get for poking fun at drew for ants raiding his collection.