Unfortunately, the colony is not doing so well right now. They got up to 21 workers at one point, and then I had to move them because the water reservoir in their test tube was completely dry. I moved them into a piece of vinyl tubing which I would then hook up to their new test tube, but they did not want to move into the new test tube so they have been staying in the tubing for over a week now.
Colobopsis enjoy small spaces because they nest in hollow twigs in the wild so them nesting only in the thin tubing was not a surprise to me. After being in the vinyl tubing for a few days, I noticed a worker had died. At the time I figured it might just be an old nanitic. Just a few more days pass, and several more workers had died which concerned me. I began to think about what they could be dying from. They have hydration, they have food, they have an outworld, they have oxygen, and these are not old workers dying. To this day, eight of the 21 workers have died, putting the colony down to 13 workers. They also have no brood because most of it hatched into workers and the rest of the couple eggs and small larvae mysteriously shriveled up and died as well.
Today I decided to move them out of the vinyl tubing because I don't know what else could be killing them. Maybe they liked living in the tubing but didn't know it was letting out deadly fumes? I have no idea. But I just knocked the colony out of the tubing and into a new test tube setup. I guess I will provide them with constant sugar water and just hope that no more workers die and that the queen lays some eggs. I am also pretty sure that this species has a short and mild hibernation where I live so I took them off of their heat cable just in case they want to hibernate or something..
I will try my best to get them back on their feet.
A picture from today.
Edited by Aaron567, December 22 2017 - 10:47 AM.