- Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:40 pm
I had a similar problem with my Camponotus. She had one worker and one egg for 2 months. But after leaving her without checking her for around 2-3 solid weeks, she finally laid more eggs. Try not to disturb your queen, however, Camponotus tend to be more fragile and picky whereas Lasius niger, being the easiest species to own, usually don't have this problem. Also, I am not an expert and I don't know how all ants act, however, they tend to be very unusual and unpredictable. So, if the eggs seem to be disappearing, my guess is there isn't enough protein like everyone else has stated. They are probably eating their eggs, but I may be wrong. I would suggest feeding them a boiled fly or something. From my experience, all four of my current ant colonies love freshly boiled flies that I usually capture from my conservatory. As long as you kill the flies humanely in the boiled water, it will provide them an instant, painless death, as well as an instant, cleanse of most of the bacteria. A lot of the ants seem to enjoy the fly heads as well as flies soaked in honey. You should try this technique, however, don't layer the fly with lots of honey! Otherwise, the ants may not be able to get to the fly and furthermore may drown in the honey as I have previously witnessed in my own colony. But as long as you don't overdo it, the mix of honey and protein will be perfect for any colony that needs a boost in both energy and production.
Like I said earlier, ants can be strange and unpredictable. For example, My Lasius niger colony that I bought last year surpassed 40 workers by October. I hibernated them and when I brought them out of hibernation, all but one worker and the queen died. Yes, of course, this was my fault for the bad hibernation, however, as soon as I took them out of hibernation, they were all alive. They just didn't venture out their tube into the feeding chamber. The reason for this was that the queen had suffered an overexposure to a lightbulb when I had previously tried to move the colony into a new nest. And because of this, she became permanently disabled and the ants barely left her side. Thankfully, I revived the colony and she is currently recovering slightly alongside her 5-9 new daughters. She does not stand much anymore, and lies on her belly, sometimes moving to get food if the workers don't provide her food through trophallaxis.
The point of this story is just to show that ants are completely random in how they live. I am pretty sure the queen is healthy and just needs some more food. I hope this overdone answer aids you.
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