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Are these ant eggs? Found a camponotus queen today with "eggs".


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#1 Offline nofuel11 - Posted June 6 2022 - 11:34 AM

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Minnesota here. This is the 2nd queen I've ever found in my life so I'm very excited! I found this camponotus hiding underneath a piece of wood on black midwest soil. There were about a dozen of these round ball "eggs" next to the ant. Can yall confirm whether these are ant eggs? Each egg is the size of half a grain of rice. 

 

My research throughout the past several weeks makes me think they are NOT ant eggs because ant eggs appear to be oval. Just saw a site that says slug eggs look like this. Just want to make sure. 

 

Note about the pic-

This queen looks exactly like the 1st queen I found a couple days ago, so I re-used the 1st queen's pics in this post to avoid stressing this new one out with a bright camera. 

 

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#2 Offline aznphenom - Posted June 6 2022 - 11:51 AM

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No eggs I have ever seen from my ants


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#3 Offline United-Ants - Posted June 6 2022 - 12:06 PM

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those are not ant eggs


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#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 6 2022 - 12:18 PM

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Those do look like slug eggs.
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#5 Offline nofuel11 - Posted June 6 2022 - 12:33 PM

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Thanks y'all. I was so afraid of potentially separating my ant from its eggs! I've just now put these slug eggs *shudder*  back where I found them, and while doing so...

 

..found another camponotus queen! Can't believe I went from 0 queens and feeling so frustrated about searching for a month with nothing to show, and now have 3 in a matter of a couple days! So grateful for the info from this forum.  :iamsohappy:  :iamsohappy:


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#6 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted June 6 2022 - 2:45 PM

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I always wondered what those where...


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#7 Offline Tai_pan1 - Posted June 6 2022 - 3:23 PM

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Thanks y'all. I was so afraid of potentially separating my ant from its eggs! I've just now put these slug eggs *shudder*  back where I found them, and while doing so...

 

..found another camponotus queen! Can't believe I went from 0 queens and feeling so frustrated about searching for a month with nothing to show, and now have 3 in a matter of a couple days! So grateful for the info from this forum.  :iamsohappy:  :iamsohappy:

Way to make a guy feel jealous!


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#8 Offline NotAxo - Posted June 6 2022 - 4:41 PM

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your queen actually looks like a marauder ant queen, as its really big and has a heavy, glossy gaster which she seems not able to carry lol

 

I'm just saying that I'm not sure


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Enjoy anting,

     

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#9 Offline azzaaazzzz00 - Posted June 7 2022 - 2:38 PM

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*sigh* I wish there were Carebara in NJ.


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Been keeping ants since January of 2021

 

Always try new things, even if its hard, hard is not impossible. We are smart and it's good to be smart but not too smart for your own good.


#10 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 10 2022 - 7:59 AM

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These actually are most likely earwig eggs. I see them all the time at my house under rocks with earwigs protecting them.


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#11 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 10 2022 - 8:00 AM

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your queen actually looks like a marauder ant queen, as its really big and has a heavy, glossy gaster which she seems not able to carry lol

 

I'm just saying that I'm not sure

No, definitely a Camponotus queen. Depending on where you live, this is probably either a C.pennsylvanicus, or Camponotus laevissimus or laevigatus


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#12 Offline NotAxo - Posted June 10 2022 - 6:29 PM

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ye, maurader queens kinda have bigger thorax and smaller head


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Enjoy anting,

     

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#13 Offline ZTYguy - Posted June 10 2022 - 10:03 PM

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Probably C. pennsylvanicus but without good photos that is just a guess. There are other possibilities.


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#14 Offline mmcguffi - Posted June 11 2022 - 12:35 PM

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+1 to gastropod eggs (snail/slug) 


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#15 Offline JoeByron - Posted June 21 2022 - 11:18 PM

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These actually are most likely earwig eggs. I see them all the time at my house under rocks with earwigs protecting them.


Came here to say this. Definitely think they're earwig "pincher bug" eggs

#16 Offline FloridaAnts - Posted June 22 2022 - 7:44 PM

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These actually are most likely earwig eggs. I see them all the time at my house under rocks with earwigs protecting them.


Came here to say this. Definitely think they're earwig "pincher bug" eggs

To anyone who has kept fish- they kind of look like mini plecostamous wafers.
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