So, last week I recieved my Camponotus cruentatus queen. She was in the mail for over a week, so I understood she was a but pissed. She almoct removed the cotton ball that sealed the tube.
After a day I noticed she still attacked the cotton ball very fiercely. I know she is claustral but read a lot about feeding a small portion to calm her down. Because she is to wild to handle, I decided to connect her tube to a small feeding box of aprox 3 inch. She did not eat, but what she did, was hide in the black test tube connector. Because she did not eat the honeydew or fruitfly that I gave, I decided to give her rest en disconnected the feeding box and put a cotton ball back in the tube.
But when I did this she went ballistic. She started to attack the cotton ball by biting it and stinging it with her gaster. When I looked in the connector I could see some small white stuff. I think it was cotton wool she puled loose earlier, but thought what if it are eggs? So in panic I connected the feeding box again and she calmed down.
I decided to place her in a dark warm closet, but I still have the feeding box connected? Is this a problem? I read a lot about how they like small spaces, but she has the penthouse suite right now. When I did look after a couple of days, she was still sitting in the test tube connector.