Haven't had time to put together update posts with the pics I have, but none of the colonies have progressed enough to look drastically different than the last time they've been seen here yet, so it's mostly more of the same. I'll probably do more of an autumn summary around christmas.
But for now, finally was able to order the wine cooler I want which is on the way, so hibernation will be imminent!
Just some quick updates.
Tetra crew: These girls really hate to move. Really really really hate to move. Even when their old nest hasn't been watered for a month and they have to haul all the pupae out into the mini-outworld once a day for climate control reasons lol. But fortunately, after nearly six weeks of being hooked up to their new mini hearth, I accidentally dropped their outworld lid on top of their nest chamber while feeding and that finally triggered the panic wave that led in the right direction, and they finally transferred over.
Twelve hours later they'd transferred BACK , but were much easier to scare out this time, and I've blocked the inner doorway leading to their old nest chamber with cotton to keep them out. Once they've started slowing down in the cooler during the transition period, I'll detach their old nest and get the hearth sealed up on its own.
Preno ladies: Really unhappy to still be living in room temperature. Seem to be eating plenty of sunburst but I never see them in their outworld and they ignore protein. Hopefully they'll start perking up during the temp drop-down month in the cooler and I'll get to see them out and about.
Aphaeongaster crew: I love these ants. They're so big and fun to watch. Still sitting at 5 or 6 strong (I can't remember) and after their claustral test tube finally dried out enough they've transferred to a fresh tube with a por amor grout insert where they'll spend hibernation. Since I love them so much and want to give them a good start, I'm planning to keep them properly hibernated for a solid four months. (The other colonies I'll probably start warming up again after 2 or 3).
Lasius americanus crew: I was fortunate enough to be able to grab one of the surprise late season Lasius colonies at Buckeye, and after an upsettingly long trip here because this country likes to just let a saboteur sit there running the postal system, they thankfully arrived completely healthy.
They came with four and a pupae or two, but the queen jumped on the protein I fed them and quickly boosted a total of 5 into pupae. We've since lost one mega-fatty due to a tragic dried-sunburst-glue-trap situation (I think she might have cannonballed straight into it by all appearances lmao) but they've still got eight. I love how calm and beautiful the queen is, and how cute and hyperactive the workers are when they do their shudder sprints.
I'd love to be able to turn this crew into a desk colony in my new house next year, so we'll see.
Edited by m99, December 5 2021 - 12:22 PM.