I've had a colony of Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis now sense last Friday. These are my first ants.
They seemed to move in easy and i spotted a growing egg clutch real shortly.
But just in the last couple days the queen has been leaving the nest in a tizzy. She seems to get bothered by something, starts moving around then nest quickly like it was being disturbed while the rest of the ants are just going about normal ant business with no care.
And she runs out into the tube leading to the outworld, where once about 1/2 way down the 18" run she just hangs out. She goes as far as the outworld exit but never out in it.
I had wondered if she was not liking the amount of light that is getting in the nest, though none of the other workers seem to care. but when she runs out into the tube she's in full light under the setup's "day time" overhead lighting/heat source. And she just hangs in the tube under that like she's happier out there than in the nest.
So far the only specific thing i've done is to make a small darkened tube chamber on the side of the mini hearth that she might make her chamber if it is the light/nest commotion that is bothering her.
but no real idea if this is maybe what's up or if a queen leaving the nest like this might indicate other issues to look to?
That's her in the background in the tube, i attached the chamber for her while she was out of the nest to minimize vibration disturbing her.
Any advice or words about this being kinda normal to calm me would be much appreciated.
Edited by Full_Frontal_Yeti, January 27 2023 - 4:10 PM.