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Gregory2455 wrote:I have a queen going on three months after mating, who still has little brood, and only six workers! Maybe its too arid here for them.
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Special EDy wrote:Gregory2455 wrote:I have a queen going on three months after mating, who still has little brood, and only six workers! Maybe its too arid here for them. Keep them in the dark all the time and don't disturb them more than once a week. Give them the occasional drop of honey or syrup and a piece of dead insect.
The queens will get really irate and eat all their brood if disturbed.
So I tried the experiment, but alas my camcorder only holds battery for 2 hours. I got some nice closeups of the solitary queen attacking two workers. There seems to be some sort of ritual where she violently grabs them and rubs her antennae over them before releasing the worker. Eventually she got agitated enough by the foriegn workers trying to tend to her brood that she killed the workers. The next morning I found both queens and all of the brood together in the tube originally housing the more succesful colony. This morning all the brood and workers appear to have followed one queen to the opposite tube, where the solitary queen originally was, and the other queen by herself with a freshly dead worker in the tube where the more succesful colony was.
It would seem that the Queens will reject workers, but the workers will not harm a foriegn queen.
11/23/2014 9:54 AM
Chromerust wrote:Have you given your Invicta a foraging container Greg?
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