I am a Second year antkeeper, but last year all I kept was Tetramorium. (I live in Utah) I have two questions about some queens I am keeping, and I have to make the tough decision on if i want to disturb them, or keep them in their current setups and maybe make more problems for myself and them in hibernation.
1: I caught a few Lasius Americanus queens up Provo Canyon in August, I had forgot all of my tubes and I was camping up there for the rest of the week so I was forced to use what I had... I had two queens in some small containers I had on hand, (since moved into test tubes) But, one of them I was forced to place in a small plastic cup with substrate. Looking back, it was a poor move, but hey, what can you do? She burrowed into it and on the car ride home she disappeared underground. Now, I have to decide if I want to hibernate her in the cup and simply water it or if I should slowly spoon out the substrate and find out if she is even still alive, as I have seen no signs of her since the car ride. Should I simply hibernate her in that, and see what happens? Or should I spoon out the substrate and place her into a test tube and hibernate her and any brood she may have in a test tube? Any advice would be appreciated
2: I found a C. Vicinus queen this May while also on a camping trip, I flipped a rock, and there she was! I assume that she had just flew and had no brood. I collected her, and she had her first cocoon that I assumed would hatch, but the cocoon just died and is now sitting there stuck to some other eggs molding. This also happened with another C. Modoc queen that has since died, she had two cocoons but they never seemed to be able to eclose. They were both in test tube setups, and I am wondering what is up? I seem to recall that Camponotus cocoons need substrate to eclose, and both had no substrate, just the glass. Is this true? Or, I could just be conjuring up solutions out of nowhere! She is out of water anyway so I will probably try to move her anyway into a new test tube setup. Should I add substrate to the new setup? Or am I doing something else wrong? Also, any advice would be great!
Currently keeping: 2x Tetramorium Immigrans (20 workers, 100 workers) Camponotus Vicinus (brood, and hopefully soon workers!) 3x Lasius Americanus (Brood, and hopefully soon workers!)
Used to keep:
3x Brackymyrmex Depilis never founded, 3x Camponotus Modoc Queens never founded