Hey guys, I have a small Crematogaster colony with my queen, 3 workers, and tons of brood in a test tube setup. I am having a bit of a problem though when it comes to giving them nutrition, I know when it comes to keeping ants their are the three things they need for nutrition, Protein, carbohydrates (usually sugar) and water, but lately I've been having trouble giving them the carbohydrates part. For a long time I was giving them a cut up meal-worm and a drop of honey on aluminum foil that I would put in their test tube. However I've had several workers of this colony die in the past because they drowned in the honey, no matter how small the droplet. Now I have replaced the honey droplet with a small sugar-water soaked cotton ball, the problem now is that after a few days the cotton ball dries out and becomes sticky which and I don't know if the colony can get the sugar they need from the dried up cotton ball.
If you guys know any other way I could get them sugar (or other carbohydrates) that would be GREATLY appreciated, Also if you guys could let me know if they can get the sugar from the dried up cotton ball that would also be greatly appreciated.