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What if test tube dries up during hibernation?

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#1 Offline Antzy - Posted September 21 2022 - 11:58 PM



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Asked another question recently about why my colony is slowing down, and it appears they are getting reaady for hibernation, which led me to the following concern. The tube definately does not have enough water in it to last until March time, I'd give it until January at best. Also there is a small amount of black mold in there,


I've followed all the tips and added a new tube, uncovered the current one, ensured the new one is very dark. Despite the fact the light clearly bothers them (when i move it to the window, so sunlight hits them, they grab their brood and try to cram it into a shaded corner under the cotton), they have nade no attempt to move, its been 4 days now.


What is the risks of them not moving, and them going into hibernation in a tube that runs out of water mid winter?

Also - a side question. Will their current brood all hatch, despite hibernation? There is at least 10 cocoons, and 15 larvae and some eggs.... I find it weird they are refusing all insects i give them, despite them havig plenty of larvae



#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 22 2022 - 1:59 AM


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Tubes dry much slower in cooler temperatures. Try not to worry too much.
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#3 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted September 22 2022 - 5:40 AM


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Tubes dry much slower in cooler temperatures. Try not to worry too much.

not to mention if the cold air freezes the cotton, less water will flood out. Keep in mind that when you remove them from hibernation, the warm air will most likely cause this to happen, so have a test tube ready.

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#4 Offline Manitobant - Posted September 22 2022 - 2:45 PM


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I’d honestly just dump them into a new tube at this point. Some ants are extremely stubborn and would rather let their tube dry out and die than move.

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