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what to do when queens last worker dies and queen is refusing to lay eggs


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#1 Offline SardineBoy6.0 - Posted January 13 2021 - 9:31 AM

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hello,

my tetramorium immigrans queen came out of hibernation last night. this morning I found her last worker dead and no eggs whatsoever in the test tube. what should I do? is there any way to save her? 



#2 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted January 13 2021 - 9:37 AM

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Feed her. Then hope she'll recover.



#3 Offline SardineBoy6.0 - Posted January 13 2021 - 9:41 AM

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I've tried that she is refusing to eat as well



#4 Offline Manitobant - Posted January 13 2021 - 10:17 AM

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Heat her as well. Sometimes ants need heat to lay after hibernation. Also I hate to say this but in my experience collapsed colonies have a very high mortality rate and rarely survive, as the queen doesn’t have the ability to found again.
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#5 Offline Chickalo - Posted January 13 2021 - 10:39 AM

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Heat her as well. Sometimes ants need heat to lay after hibernation. Also I hate to say this but in my experience collapsed colonies have a very high mortality rate and rarely survive, as the queen doesn’t have the ability to found again.

heating can also make the brood grow faster meaning more workers faster.


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#6 Online gs5248 - Posted January 13 2021 - 11:14 AM

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hello,

my tetramorium immigrans queen came out of hibernation last night. this morning I found her last worker dead and no eggs whatsoever in the test tube. what should I do? is there any way to save her? 

You can try to feed her and heat her, but sadly it is likely it won't work. I had the same experience last year, I tried everything, but the queen still died.



#7 Online Ant_Dude2908 - Posted January 13 2021 - 8:48 PM

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As manitobant said, its rare for a queen to recover after she loses all her workers. The best thing to do is give her some pupae and workers from a wild colony and hope she rebounds.
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I recommend putting your energy toward finding a new queen this year. This one has been struggling for months now.

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