I caught a few Pogonomyrmex queens last week and wanted to make some dirt setups for them since I understand these queens don't do well in test tube. I went with 3 different options:
1. Test tubes in container with sand medium which I've seen nurbs and others do here.
2. Dirt shacks following drew's designs but with materials I had on hand.
I've placed 1 queen each in 3 of these and they've started digging right away.
3. Ant farm setup following this article here: https://www.asu.edu/...mrex queens.htm, but modified with a water reservoir similar to drew's dirt shack.
Wetted this setup and waiting for it to soak through. If this works well, I will build another since it is really cheap. All you need are two 8x10 photo frames from dollar store, some binder clips, and $3 worth of wood from home depot (much cheaper if you can take wood from their discount pile and cut to your own specifications).
Edited by Straywolf94, November 9 2018 - 11:20 PM.