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Possible infertile queen?

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#1 Offline kgollehon - Posted June 12 2018 - 12:55 AM

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Worried this Camponotus sp. queen may be infertile.. She laid some brood during transport before I got her into a test-tube setup. Thing is these eggs were rather small and yellowish, not sure if this was just due to the transport stress or another factor. She has since laid some normal brood, time will tell if they develop. Any thoughts on this brood, she moved the yellowish pile (seen in the image) onto the damp cotton-ball and is keeping the new brood near the vial entrance. 

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Colonies: Tetramorium sp., Solenopsis xyloni

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#2 Offline T.C. - Posted June 12 2018 - 7:42 AM

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If that is camponotous, it's normal for yellow colored eggs.
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#3 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 12 2018 - 8:06 AM

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This looks to be Formica rather than Camponotus. The color of brood can vary in most ants. As long as she is wingless and has the brood organized in a pile, it is highly likely that she is fertile. 



#4 Offline kgollehon - Posted June 12 2018 - 10:24 AM

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Thanks for the feedback, it could well be that I have the queen mislabeled, I'm not that adept at classification yet. I'm hoping she is indeed fertile and I'm just making newbie observations lol, I will check in on her at the end of the week.  


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Colonies: Tetramorium sp., Solenopsis xyloni

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