Can anyone please help? My (10 year old) son was given a desert leafcutter ant colony (2 queens and ~20 workers). They all seem OK for now (I.e., they are moving around and somewhat active), but I really don't know how to care for them. Their "fungus" is looking green and not at all like what I've seen when I've looked for examples online, and more troubling is that I think some black mold has now formed. Is this colony doomed or is there a way I can save them??? Please see photos; I am grateful for any tips or advice. We've had them for about 3 weeks now.
A few additional notes:
- they have been kept at 70-75 F, but when moisture started to develop I removed them from the area where some heat was being emitted.
- they were sent with a small mound of fungus, but it seems to have disappeared.
- they are provided rose petals and other leaf matter, but it doesn't look like they are cutting them (I tore them into smaller pieces in order for them to fit into the chamber).