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Why are my ants not laying eggs?


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#1 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted July 16 2021 - 7:06 PM

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My friends colony of Formica Francouri won’t lay any eggs and isn’t showing any interest in feeders. They have 50 workers and he’s tried multiple feeders despite that the queen will still not lay. The colony has no brood besides one pupa.

#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted July 16 2021 - 7:09 PM

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When were they last hibernated? The halting of brood production in formica usually signifies that they are wanting to hibernate.

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#3 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted July 16 2021 - 7:18 PM

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When were they last hibernated? The halting of brood production in formica usually signifies that they are wanting to hibernate.


Its July though. They hibernated last year from around October to around March.

#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 17 2021 - 2:49 AM

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Formica only lay eggs on a pretty set schedule. Sounds like this queen is done for the year. My colony is basically doing the same thing.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

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#5 Offline strawnkayden1 - Posted July 17 2021 - 11:47 AM

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Formica only lay eggs on a pretty set schedule. Sounds like this queen is done for the year. My colony is basically doing the same thing.

when should i stop feeding them? Around when it gets cold and if so should i only feed them sugars water?


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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 17 2021 - 12:01 PM

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Mine keep taking protein, so I offer both up until I hibernate them.

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

Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.


#7 Offline manik - Posted July 17 2021 - 1:40 PM

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Formica only lay eggs on a pretty set schedule. Sounds like this queen is done for the year. My colony is basically doing the same thing.

is it the same for some camponotus? 



#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 17 2021 - 1:57 PM

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Yeah, Camponotus do similar things.

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

Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.





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