Sorry for probably the 100th hibernation topic that gets asked each year.. you’re probably bored of it.
This is my first year hibernating my queens with workers, I have lasius Niger and caponotus herculeanus- what temperature should I hibernate them at and when? I live in the UK it’s about 15c currently but will drop. I have a shed in the garden but also the option of a fridge. Which one is better?
How long do I leave them in there for? My niger colony is in a tube with a small tub and I’ve put another fresh tube in next to it in the hopes they move into it because the old tube has basically ran out of water - although I’m worried they won’t move at all now because of hibernation - should I just leave them and let them use the other tube for a drink rather than a home, or force the move? Or move them into a small nest now?
They have one last batch of pupae and there must be 15-20 or so, I assume they’ll want to eclose these before they hibernate properly - if they all eclose the colony will be 50 big (only found this queen in july..)
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