I have had a Camponotus queen in a test tube set up for about 9 months. She has hatch her first batch of 5 workers and has some larva at the moment as well. Is now the time to feed them a cricket or something else, or should I wait longer? I have given the ants a bit of honey a few times in the past but never any protein. How long does it take for a queen's reserve protein in her wings to run out typically?
Bonus: what is the best way to give protein to a queen in a test tube set up, as to avoid future mold?