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When is it appropriate to "encourage" ants to move out of a test tube?


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#1 Offline Puddingtempest - Posted June 25 2023 - 1:43 PM

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In the past many years ago I would sometimes just dump ants out of test tubes or shine lights on them to try and move them.  But I'm older and more patient now and sometimes I think the ants know where their nest should be better than I do.

 

What situations do you think its OK to persuade them to move out and what method is the least traumatic for them?

 

One thing I was experimenting with today was making cold spots in the setup.  If I place a back of cold water on the test the test tube, they start carrying the brood out almost immediately (myrmica colony).  The only issue is they just move back when the water evens out with room temperature.  I feel like its a low stress way of moving them, though. 



#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted June 25 2023 - 5:06 PM

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Any time is fine. In my experience most ants (excluding specialized stuff like myrmecocystus) take just fine to being dumped out of a tube.

#3 Offline Puddingtempest - Posted June 27 2023 - 1:25 AM

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thanks for that, successfully persuaded my ants the test tube was too cold without feeling bad about it






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