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#1 Offline Ape-o-sematic - Posted January 18 2022 - 10:42 AM

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I have an established Lasius flavus colony and I’ve just found the queen has died, no idea why. The workers appear fine and seem to be carrying on as normal. I know this is almost certainly a no, but I have a new queen currently in hibernation, is there any way to combine the two or is the colony a lost cause?
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#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted January 18 2022 - 11:45 AM

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It is probably a lost cause sadly. Queens of many species often die suddenly for no reason at all, and ants dying is a natural part of this hobby, so don’t hit yourself too hard if you are a beginner.
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#3 Offline yaboiseth - Posted January 18 2022 - 4:26 PM

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Do not throw out the colony or dead queen. Keep feeding the workers like normal. I had a Pheidole queen, my first ant queen ever, die out of nowhere with like 100 workers and I kept the colony fed and watered for a few more months just so they could pass of old age and my queen was just magically up and walking again, although she hasnt produced a single worker since then. I'm assuming she went sterile afterwards. I have asked everywhere and noone seems to have an answer to what happened with this queen but I guess its worth a shot.


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#4 Offline eea - Posted January 18 2022 - 4:34 PM

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Do not throw out the colony or dead queen. Keep feeding the workers like normal. I had a Pheidole queen, my first ant queen ever, die out of nowhere with like 100 workers and I kept the colony fed and watered for a few more months just so they could pass of old age and my queen was just magically up and walking again, although she hasnt produced a single worker since then. I'm assuming she went sterile afterwards. I have asked everywhere and noone seems to have an answer to what happened with this queen but I guess its worth a shot.

that's weird


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