So i found 3 of these Myrmica sp. queens (probably Myrmica rubra, because they are wide spread in most European areas and i tried to id my queen through antweb.com and it was leading me to Myrmica rubra).
One of them didn't lay any eggs and died!
The second one i brood boosted and a worker hatched just today! She has 7 more unhatched pupae and 3 eggs, but i like ant colonies, that are raised right from only one queen and the brood boosted one is just in case the 3rd one fails.
And the 3rd one is giving me all the problems! She has 5 eggs a bit scattered, but she is rearranging them once in few days, i have seen her caring for them, but she is trying to get out of the test tube!
I have offered her honey and even little juicy pieces of flies grown from maggots - all other ant colonies just eat them in moments! She sometimes drinks the honey, but she's still trying to get out!
I have heard about Myrmica ants being semi-claustral and needing out worlds to forage in, but the brood boosted one completely didn't care about a thing! She eats her honey and has never tried pulling on the cotton! The 3rd queen tho - not eating anything and always trying to pull on every string of the cotton to get out!!
So what should i do?
Should i attach the out world?
Should i cheat just a little bit and add a single pupae to this ant queen? That would make me feel bad and feel like cheating, but it would be only 1 worker and i might get over it in a big while...
Help me please!
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