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Melophorus sp queens… I think!


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#41 Offline Temperateants - Posted April 7 2020 - 6:20 AM

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Non ant related containers? And Beware of flooding if the water portion of the tube is also in contact with heat.


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#42 Offline justanotheramy - Posted April 7 2020 - 6:50 AM

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I wasn't going to use water — was going to use a similar set-up to how my partner incubates reptile eggs.
Just instead of a plastic tub full of vermiculite and eggs in the tank, I'll have glass containers with dirt and ants.


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#43 Offline Temperateants - Posted April 7 2020 - 7:05 AM

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I'm no expert with naturalistic setups, but is there something to measure the dirt's humidity as well? You might be able to find a care sheet online with the recommended humidity for optimal brood growth.


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#44 Offline justanotheramy - Posted April 10 2020 - 10:12 PM

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These girls flew last night.

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Trying a few experiments — outside they nest very close together, so I've put one in the dirt container with the unproductive queen and her adopted worker.

3 more in different size tubes — all with soil taken from a spot where there's a successful colony. I'm wondering if tube size is a variable, and if the big tubes are too open for them?

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#45 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 11 2020 - 3:02 AM

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I think since I have multiple small containers that need heating it might be easier to stack them all off the floor within an aquarium and heat that, with a thermostat measuring air temp.

That’s a great way to do it because you’ll eliminate condensation issues. You can get more consistent temps, too. It’s basically an incubator.
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#46 Offline justanotheramy - Posted April 11 2020 - 11:46 PM

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Unproductive queen and her adopted worker are still hanging on their little rock.
New queen has burrowed in… somewhere.


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