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#61 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 3 2018 - 2:51 PM

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Nice! So you’re not hibernating them? Are you heating them, too?

In the past when I've tried to hibernate them, they stay active, so I'm not going to hibernate them. No, they aren't being heated at the moment but I might get them a heating cable soon.



#62 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 19 2018 - 6:30 AM

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I just added a heating cable to their setup, and they seem to like it. There's always a few ants in the room just sitting around and warming up. They then return to the queen and/or brood chambers. I think they might do this to carry heat with them to warm the brood and queen.

 

I've started feeding them some waxworm pupae, which they love. Only 24-48 hours after I place it in, it's completely hollowed out. They usually leave a few leftovers on most insects, so they must really like them.


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#63 Offline ANTdrew - Posted December 19 2018 - 7:14 AM

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Any chance you could post a photo of how you set up your cable?

My two Tetra colonies finally gave up and are hibernating, which is kind of a relief.

I have an idea of turning my downstairs bathroom into an ant room by running a space heater down there. It's pretty easy to crank it up to 80deg. like that. I wonder if that is kind of a wasteful way to heat, though?


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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#64 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted December 31 2018 - 8:16 AM

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They have a ton of brood at the moment (mostly larvae). They love waxworm pupae. They hollow the whole thing out in a day.

 

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#65 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted January 7 2019 - 6:00 PM

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They have a ton of brood at the moment, mostly large larvae. They should pupate any day now. The queen also just laid a new really large batch of eggs. Looks like there's a big population boom coming.


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