I have a problem concerning my Novomessor cockerelli. I got them on 17th September with four workers. Since then they grew circa 4 to 6 larvae that became pupae. But shortly after hatching every worker died and I really don't have a clue, why.
Maybe the nest (still a tube nest) is too dry or wet or whatever. Because the water in the tank became brownish now, I put away the covering of their tube to force a move into a new tube or a ytong (breezeblock) nest. In their old nest and the ytong nest there is a problem with condensed water as well...
Does anyone of you know how dry or humid the nest should be?
Or what causes the workers to not hatch properly?
Would be cool, because Novos are the most interesting species I know so far and I am the first German speaking guy writing a journal in a German forum about them to share my knowledge about them. First I thought they would live in a too cold nest, but in nature they should have a light hibernation. I am really desperate now because I could have around 10 workers meanwhile.
Greetings from Offenbach,
Edited by Fabey, November 29 2020 - 3:54 PM.