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(A Beginning Antkeeper's) Journey of a Solenopsis Queen

solenopsisfire ant beginner queen new the_gaming-gate first colony advice needed advice

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#81 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 6 2024 - 7:04 AM

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4 / 6 / 2024 - ``Finally!``


The mealworm got moldy. Very moldy. It became grey and fuzzy and sort of disgusting, but it was easily removed with tweezers. Queen Firestorm is looking on the slim side, and not as active as she was before the nanitic arrived. To fix this, I offered the ants some grains of sugar which the worker immediately ran over to check out. She nibbled on a piece and then brought another grain to the queen, who appreciated it. I'm happy the ants finally got some sense and started eating.

A pretty funny story, when I removed the moldy mealworm piece the worker climbed onto my tweezers. I dumped her in the AC Test Tube and she began frantically searching for the nest entrance. I tried to use my tweezers to guide her back to familiar territory, but the little worker refused to cooperate. Eventually she did find the enterance into the nest, although it took her a few moments to realize where she was. She was exhausted, and immediately went back to devouring sugar grains.

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Edited by The_Gaming-gate, April 6 2024 - 7:09 AM.

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Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

 


#82 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted April 6 2024 - 11:00 AM

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I tend to find that after queens raise their first nanitics; they are very tired and sleepy. My Camponotus queen is literally always sleeping in the day and is on awake around midnight. She is also awake when there is disturbance (light). Formica on the other hand are always active; even the queen. She is never tired when I check on them.
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Keeping:

3x - S. molesta 

1x - C. chromaiodes

2x - F. pallidefulva

2x - C. cerasi

1x - B. depilis

2x P. imparis (colonies) 3x P. imparis queens (1x queen in test tube, 3x queens in test tube, and 6x queens in another test tube. Can't wait to see the results!)

 

Check out my C. chromaiodes journal here: https://www.formicul...aiodes-journal/


#83 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted April 6 2024 - 12:49 PM

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Thank you so much ! I got concerned for a bit.

Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

 






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