I didn't grab any pictures in the heat of the moment, but it's a simple scenario.
I've got a first-year winter ant colony that was given to me in a glass tube (mistake number one, all my other starter gear has been plastic and I see now that's how it shall always remain haha) with about 5-8 workers (at least one very newly eclosed) and about a dozen brood in varying stages. They are (to my best guess) just about ready to finish up their summer estivation (is that accurate? I'm in NY for climate reference) but I would've assumed probably on course to spend their lives in that same tube until at least next year, until they discovered their landlord is a hamfist.
Now that plan seems out of the question. Fortunately it was only the top inch or so of the tube that broke completely off, and I've got them re-sealed with cotton and their actual living space hasn't been impacted by the cracks. I'm confident they'll be fine as-is until they need to be handled again, but then all bets are off.
I'd had them connected to a test tube portal from AC already in anticipation of easy feeding later in the year when their brood kicks off (though still blocked with cotton inside the adapter piece to prevent drafting), and assumed I'd have an easy-peasy time of using that to transfer them into a formicarium of my choice next year. Now I'm not sure how to proceed. Should I be aborting that plan and resetting for some kind of tube-n-tub setup? Would that even be appropriate for winter ants, or would they hate it? I'd hoped to be transferring them into a tarheel mini hearth (probably bifurcated) next year but that's obviously multiple steps past my problem now, and it seems obvious I'm gonna have to do something before then.
I could keep them as-is and just gingerly hope I don't kill myself on the jagged shards still stuck to the end of the tube or crack it even further and suddenly find myself with a handful of colony, but that seems like a losing bet for obvious reasons. Since they're for sure gonna need more food than "nothing" for the rest of the year (lol) what would some game plan suggestions be? My understanding is prenolepis haaaate relocating to begin with, so I'm worried I mighta doomed my babies before they even got a shot at their first winter.
Edited by m99, July 25 2021 - 11:54 AM.