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TheMicroPlanet's Colonies (7-1-20) New Queens


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#1 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 6 2020 - 12:19 PM

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(Caught 4-4-20)

 

Just checked on her for a sec... she's still alive, thankfully. No eggs yet, and she hasn't shed her wings.

 

Latest picture, 4-4-20.

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I have her setup downstairs where there's consistent temperature and no AC. She's in a normal test tube setup, underneath a sheet of red film, in a box, on a desk. Nothing extravagant.

 

 

 

 

 


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#2 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 10 2020 - 5:50 PM

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Alright, 2 questions:

 

1. Should I check on her? it's been maybe 4 or 5 days since I did last.  Or should I wait another week/month?

 

2. How do I change the topic title thingy?



#3 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 10 2020 - 5:51 PM

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Wait a couple weeks (I would say 3 just in case mold crops up). To change the topic, just go to the first post and hit edit


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#4 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 10 2020 - 5:53 PM

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Thanks!



#5 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 10 2020 - 5:54 PM

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Alright, 2 questions:

1. Should I check on her? it's been maybe 4 or 5 days since I did last. Or should I wait another week/month?

2. How do I change the topic title thingy?


1) Give her at least a week or two
2) You can edit the title of a thread by going to the first post and clicking on Edit. Then choose Use Full Editor.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#6 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted April 10 2020 - 10:19 PM

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My P. imparis have little TINY clumps of eggs, and it's been two-ish (?) months since their flight. Hopefully you'll see some eggs soon!


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#7 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 11 2020 - 6:20 AM

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Could it be that subspecies down south are more sensitive than those up north? The northern varieties can apparently be checked once a week, and lay normal egg batches: https://www.ohioants...mparis-journal/
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#8 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 11 2020 - 6:46 AM

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I think one can check any queen if you do it the right way: gently lifting up a cover, so you can just make out the queen in dim light. Don’t lift up the tube and count every egg, larvae, pupae and shine in bright lights. Don’t mess with photos.
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#9 Offline Da_NewAntOnTheBlock - Posted April 11 2020 - 6:58 AM

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Imagine that you're checking on your baby that barley needs any sleep and finally went to sleep. You briefly check and don't make a sound because you know if it wakes up it'll throw a fit and you'll be up for the next 20 hours or something that you really don't want to have to deal with.


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#10 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 11 2020 - 7:21 AM

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I think one can check any queen if you do it the right way: gently lifting up a cover, so you can just make out the queen in dim light. Don’t lift up the tube and count every egg, larvae, pupae and shine in bright lights. Don’t mess with photos.

The only reason I edit my photos is so I (and others) can see them better. She was impossible to see in the original picture I took. Besides, I make a point of staying as accurate as possible (i only try to accenuate colors, profile, etc...)


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#11 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 11 2020 - 8:32 AM

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Nothing wrong with editing photos. I meant not to take any new photos of founding queens.
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#12 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 11 2020 - 8:34 AM

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Nothing wrong with editing photos. I meant not to take any new photos of founding queens.

Ah, ok. I stand corrected.


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#13 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 11 2020 - 9:37 AM

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Imagine that you're checking on your baby that barley needs any sleep and finally went to sleep. You briefly check and don't make a sound because you know if it wakes up it'll throw a fit and you'll be up for the next 20 hours or something that you really don't want to have to deal with.

Excellent metaphor. You’re crushing the figurative language unit, DNA!

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#14 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 11 2020 - 9:38 AM

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I wish I had a teeny tiny night vision camera that I could put next to her test tube...



#15 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 18 2020 - 2:31 PM

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Good News: She's alive! No clear sign of mold, water supply looks good.

 

Interesting News: She hasn't shed her wings yet, it seems.

 

Bad News: No clear sign of eggs (I didn't look hard; there could be eggs), and no pics.

 

I can't believe i've had her for almost two weeks. Time is just flying.


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#16 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 18 2020 - 2:34 PM

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Don't be alarmed. My five queened colony has no eggs yet either. You just have to be patient.  :)


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#17 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 30 2020 - 4:46 PM

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Going to be checking on her tomorrow or saturday. I can only hope...


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#18 Offline AntsDakota - Posted April 30 2020 - 5:20 PM

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I introduced mine to workers.
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#19 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted April 30 2020 - 5:27 PM

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Wait, that works with prenolepis?



#20 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted May 1 2020 - 7:50 AM

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Hopefully i'll get some pictures this time. We'll see how that works out.






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