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Myrmecocystus mimicus Larvae not pupating


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#1 Offline Ltislander - Posted September 19 2022 - 6:48 PM

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I have had this colony of Myrmecocystus mimicus for three months, they arrived with 2 workers and the queen laid eggs in mid june. Right now they have 3 large larvae (I think, can't really tell if they're large larvae or not) 3 medium larvae (again, can't really tell) and a batch of eggs. WTH is going on? They have had larvae for months yet no workers, this is insanity! 



#2 Offline United-Ants - Posted September 19 2022 - 7:48 PM

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Heat lots of food how warm are they keept?

Edited by United-Ants, September 19 2022 - 7:49 PM.

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#3 Offline sL0wNsteady - Posted September 19 2022 - 10:12 PM

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Do you have substrate/sand to help the larvae spin their cocoons?


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#4 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 20 2022 - 5:05 AM

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I have had this colony of Myrmecocystus mimicus for three months, they arrived with 2 workers and the queen laid eggs in mid june. Right now they have 3 large larvae (I think, can't really tell if they're large larvae or not) 3 medium larvae (again, can't really tell) and a batch of eggs. WTH is going on? They have had larvae for months yet no workers, this is insanity! 

I have had problems with this with formica before as well, i think sL0wNsteady is probably on to something here. Although I have noticed that stress can also cause the queen to eat her larvae, then relay eggs and raise them to larvae, only to repeat the process.


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