Crap. My brother messed up then. the previous set up. was super moist. and some tiny amounts mold appeared. to me it was no issue since I could open the cover and clean up anythime. he made some vents. after that the brood started to fail. thanks for the info. I would have never guess. since they had plenty of water to regulate their moisture. I though harvesters ants. like messor barbarus could regulate their moisture, by bringing water into a dry nest. I'll update how this new batch looks.
Sounds to me like they don't have enough moisture. When a few of my V. pergandei nests went dry, all their brood turned to tiny pupae, while all the colonies that didn't dry out were still small larvae. From what I saw, the brood develops very quickly and remains very tiny when they don't have enough moisture.
lol. that is the life of the super majors. they do not do a thing. all they do is eat, sleep, look at the whole colony break their backs then repeat the next day.
Love the updates! For everyone that doesn't have it stuck in their head yet:
here are some promised pics. of egg tunnel
here is the tiny pupa. I think won't make it
I hope people learn from my mistakes. i like to write them down as reference. some other journals never mention their mistakes.
ahhh. crises. got home an hour ago. to find the vinyl tube of the out world disconnected. hundreds of ants out side. most were chewing up the cotton on my fruit fly culture container. got them all back. I counted yesterday 350+ ants. just count them right now. there are only 330 ants. I hope the other 20 come back to the nest. I left a test tube outside with seed for them to go in. I'll check every hour to see of the missing 20 ants return. I'm glad I came home. to pick up my car. other wise. I would have come back around 12pm. lucky, and unlucky at the same time. I also found an ant on the floor twitching. I kept it out the nest not to introduce some decese. I hope the ones I put back in are not carving some mites or something else.
Edited by anttics, February 9 2018 - 5:33 PM.