I completely understand what you're feeling. When I started on Formiculture, I was rather young (not little, but immature to say the least) and I made a lot of mistakes with ant keeping. In fact, I still do!
I accidentally killed my Lasius colonies, made a DIY nest with a terrible hydration system, my Camponotus queens wrapped their cocoons in cotton ball thread so that the workers were unable to eclose, AND my most successful colony (Tetramorium), the queen mysteriously died; whether that was my fault or just nature, I don't know. That all happened in my first year, and I continued to make more mistakes as I went on.
BUT, I learned so much about it all. I would fail one year with a species, do a ton more research, and succeed the next year (or just fail less). I know ant keeping can be an emotional rollercoaster and it is certainly much easier to kill your colonies than you would think going into it. But I always remind myself: I have my entire life to get this right! Besides, if everything went perfect, how fun would this hobby actually be...? Looking back, all of my failures (and current ones) have led me to know more about ants and forced me to do my research – a discipline that doesn't always come naturally; it certainly didn't for me.
So I get that you're frustrated, but stick with it! You'll look back at anything you may deem as mistakes and frustrating, but it will only make the times you succeed more rewarding! Hopefully this helps... and sorry for sounding rather cliche lol.
Edited by AntsMaryland, July 25 2021 - 9:47 AM.