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#1 Offline JLawson - Posted November 19 2020 - 11:24 AM

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Hey again ya'll,

 

Scenario:  Myrmecocystus mexicanus queen with about 20+ workers in a tube sitting in the outworld of formicarium.  Workers have moved into the nest with the pupae.  Eggs, larvae, and queen remain in the tube with newly minted workers, ~5.   

 

Question:  Should I force the move with bright light or just let it happen however long it takes?

 

Additional info:  Any added proteins or sugars are taken into the nest and not the tube.

 

Thank you all in advance!  



#2 Offline ZTYguy - Posted November 19 2020 - 11:29 AM

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You can let it happen but I would try and lightly disturbe the test tube to get them to want to move. Mexicanus queens are the most stuborne things on this planet.


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#3 Online cocdeshijie - Posted November 19 2020 - 11:31 AM

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#4 Offline ZTYguy - Posted November 19 2020 - 11:38 AM

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Yeah, or just dump them


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#5 Online Ants_Dakota - Posted November 19 2020 - 12:19 PM

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i would agree with that as long as the species is not a hard species to care for, and is easily disturbed. 


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#6 Offline Manitobant - Posted November 19 2020 - 12:46 PM

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Dump them unless they have repletes or a replete queen. Those can splatter all over the ground if dropped.
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#7 Online Ants_Dakota - Posted November 19 2020 - 12:47 PM

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Dump them unless they have repletes or a replete queen. Those can splatter all over the ground if dropped.

yikes. that did not sound good!


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#8 Online B_rad0806 - Posted November 19 2020 - 9:15 PM

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Yeah I would just dump. that's what I do with all my ants. Even if repletes the fall shouldn't be that big for them to splatter.


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#9 Offline ZTYguy - Posted November 19 2020 - 9:45 PM

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DUMP!!!!!


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#10 Offline JLawson - Posted November 20 2020 - 8:31 AM

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Thanks all.  I "dumped" them last night which was fairly easy.  I moved the queen with a Q-Tip to keep her fall distance to a minimum.  There were three proto repletes in the tube that I hassled onto the same Q-Tip.  Once placed in the out world, these proto repletes were carried into the nest, lol.  The other interesting thing is that there were a couple workers going into the tube and pulling on the queen about an hour before I took advice to dump.  Stubborn and lazy!  Once in the out world the workers had to drag her to the nest entrance as well.  Fingers crossed I guess.  Thanks to all of you for the advice.  


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#11 Offline ZTYguy - Posted November 20 2020 - 9:06 AM

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Check out my honey pot video on my youtube channel. They do the same thing.  https://www.youtube....DEl5oKCB20Fj1Q/


Edited by ZTYguy, November 20 2020 - 9:06 AM.

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#12 Offline Manitobant - Posted November 20 2020 - 9:23 AM

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What type of formicarium are you using now?
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