I received 3 colonies from a friend for Christmas, non of which have been hibernated. Should I force them in to hibernation now or leave them for this year?
They are Lasius flavus, Pheidole pallidula, and Messor capitatus. They're all relatively small colonies, I'd say a max of about 50 workers and the broods are all different size and stages.
I've never kept ants so I'll take all the advice you can give me.