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First Hibernation: info/feedback much appreciated

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#1 Offline PaxxMantid - Posted November 7 2018 - 1:16 PM


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Hi all -


I am getting ready to hibernate my colonies, which consist of:


Lasius Niger with brood, in a test tube

Lasius Niger, with brood and about 10 workers in a test tube

Tetramoriam Caspicus, with brood and about 20 workers in a THA Mini Hearth

Camponotus pennsylvanicus. with brood and 4 workers in a THA Mini Hearth


The tetramorium colony started to slow down to the point where I thought they were ready for diapause, so I currently have them on the cold concrete floor in my garage at about 60 degrees. Everyone else is still at room temps.


I purchased a wine cooler which keeps a steady temp of 46 degrees F. I am using it for mantis feeders but have plenty of room to hibernate the colonies in there.


My questions are about how to care for them during diapause.


(1) Is it correct that they just need sugars during diapause, no proteins?


(2) With the mini hearth, I can fill the nestmate with water and a liquid feeder with sugar water up top. With this setup, would it be enough to check on them every 2 weeks and refill the nest mate and the liquid feeder?


(3) What about the test tubes? Whenever I put liquid food in the tubes, it's dried it within 72 hours, usually 48. How often do you pull the test tubes out and feed them? 


(4) Am I correct in assuming that the test tubes (20mm, newly filled with distilled water) will last until the spring?


(5) I am also going overseas for 3 weeks in December, and I have my whole insect room automated for phasmids and mantises - no issues with them. But I need to make a plan for the ants!


Ok, I know that's a lot of questions but any help much appreciated.



Edited by PaxxMantid, November 12 2018 - 2:53 PM.

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