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What you said about Formica queens not laying eggs during the winter is not entirely true. I also have a Formica Subsericea queen with 3 workers and they just recently laid eggs. Some of the eggs have already turned into larvae. I am considering hibernating this species when they grow larger (20-40) because I have tried several times to hibernate them and they would never "sleep". I just keep them in a mini hearth with a heating mat underneath to keep them warm and it encourages the queen to lay eggs during the winter. (I also caught my queen quite late in the year around September).
Interesting. All of my Formica stop laying a couple months before hibernation.
They lay a MASSIVE batch or two in the spring, then another one or two before stopping before hibernation. They usually lay a new batch right as the last batch is eclosing or sometimes a week or two later. Their brood takes 1-2 months to develop depending on caste, conditions, etc. Although it's usually closer to two months, as the majority of workers are majors. This is all just from my observations, though.[/quote]
Antbread, my queen won't settle down either. But, she keeps standing over a lump of sand or eggs, fingers crossed their eggs. Discord told me to maybe find some brood, but i tried that and she just put them to the side and they dies. But I do think that i squished the brood on accident
Formica Subsericea ants are not slave-makers and do not take foreign brood (some formica sp. ants do). F. Subsericea will most likely just eat other eggs so I do not think that putting brood from other colonies with your queen will be beneficial (apart from food). When I first caught my queen, she didn't settle down until her first workers arrived. Your queens behavior is fairly normal and she may just feel a bit unsafe without her workers. I would suggest that you cover her nesting chamber so that it remains dark, heat her appropriately, offer her some honey, and try to ignore her for a week or two. My queen at the beginning constantly ate her eggs because I kept on checking up on her. Eventually, I sort of lost interest and just supplied her with food once a week. When I finally checked back up on her 3 months later I was surprised to find that she had produced 3 workers.[/quote]
I don’t mean of other species, I have another Formica Subsericea colony outside under a rock (her original colony) and tried giving her brood but I think it was dead
Still most queens do not take brood from other colonies even if they are of the same genus.
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But that’s sad, I was hoping I could boost her but oh well
Edit: seems like quotes are broken?
Edited by Will230145, December 31 2018 - 6:44 AM.