But last night I noticed that the queen was outside the nest in the foraging area and being swarmed by workers. She was not moving, but appeared alive. I thought perhaps the nest was too dry, so I added some moisture and fresh food, spruced it up (it also has a red plastic cover over it) and shined light on the foraging area. She didn’t return to the next and workers continued to swarm around her. I thought perhaps the nest had become too small and she was looking for a new nest area, so I bought a new formicarium.
However, this morning when I checked on her, I noticed that the workers had removed most of her legs and detached her head! The queen was dead!
I have no idea what happened or what this means. I’d love to hear if anyone has had any experiences similar to this, as well as what I should do with the colony and the massive brood (probably a hundred eggs and larvae in various stages).
PS - I read that tetramorium queens can lay eggs that become fertilized queens and that colonies can have several queens, though usually some are killed until the dominant queen remains. I’m wondering if there is any chance that something like this happened.
Edited by Ozymataz, June 25 2021 - 11:32 AM.