I have two Lasius founding colonies in separate test tubes and the queen died in one of them.
Both queens were caught the same day and the same general location. They were caught mid August.
If I bridge the two test tubes will the workers with the dead queen join the living queen and her brood? Will they bring along the eggs, larvae and pupa?
Or will trying to join them result in conflict or it's just plain futile to try it all? I'm unsure why the queen died but it was a queen that retained her wings and has them even now. I have been giving all my founding colonies the same food at the same time. Could I risk bringing a disease to the other colony?
If it matters, the one that the queen died has 16 workers and the one which is still alive has 12 workers.
I think they are neonigers but unsure of that.
Should I wait a while first? If so, how long?
I just hate to think that without their queen I now have to wait and watch that founding colony die.