I have been reading from others experiences from the formiculture website and it was helpful.
I carefully opened the walnut and used a gentle brush to put them in a DIY nest out of hydrostone.
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3 months later, I have been slowly figuring out how to feed them and minimizing accidents.
I been feeding them springtails and sugar water in cotton. They seem to be doing good so far.
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Here is a closer picture of them. I believe there is about 20 queens and they now have alates (5 males and 1 female on Late July and early August). Their nuptial flights might be in the early fall season.
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They love their springtails and are quite amazing how quickly they catch and sting. Here is a picture of them slowly cornering a springtail. Don’t underestimate their slow and little size.
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I have started a springtail culture farm which contains these backyard silver springtails.
I put coconut fiber as their substrate and give them brewers yeast powder and sugar water in cotton.
Takes them a month or so until they multiple and another month until they grow decent size (3-4mm).
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Edited by Ants101, August 16 2022 - 3:16 AM.