So it pretty much depends on who you ask for what to do in certain situations.
This is my current plan: Hold off diapause until nanitics.
Currently it looks like I have 2 contenders that will produce nanitics soon.
The most advanced is 1 lady in a petri founding chamber
This was actually a bit ago, she has a couple cocoons that are darkening.
This lady is in a TT founding setup
I have several others with large piles of eggs that never seem to have advanced to larvae, yet. I am giving them time.
I figure at the vary least, if get them into diapause January, I can get 3 good months of it.
I lost one queen in the petri founding chambers, all the TT queens are still alive.
My TT vs Petri experiment has so far produced the following conclusions which anyone i believe could have guessed:
In a TT holder, they are easy to store and provide a hydration side and warmth side.
Hydration lasts way longer and doesn't require frequent fill ups.
Water is a PITA to change.
Cotton ball on water side becomes gross.
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Does not become moldy quickly, i haven't seen any at all.
Easy to provide and remove food and sugars.
Removing lid had high risk of escape.
Ventilation isn't very easy to get, I currently have 1 pin hole in each top, is that enough? too much? idk
Currently the largest and most advanced brood is in a petri founding chamber. I have 4 petri founding and 6 in TT.
Which is better? idk it seems preference, maybe even by the sp. would determine that. It is a very small test that cannot really conclude much.
I am setting up the fridge this week to dial in temps, but I will be waiting to put them in.
Today I cut some small squares of parchment paper and put a drop of byFormica's Sunburst on them and offered them to the queens. When they found it they eagerly drank it up and I watch as their gasters expanded.