My name is Miel, thanks for allowing me to the forum.
However, I do have a Formica rufa ant colony. In the beginning of the season, they were doing very well and around the end of may, they produced a nice pile of puepea.
Sadly, just before many workers were ready to eclose, many pupea disappeared and no to a few new workers could be seen...
The most annoying thing is that I have also experienced this before with another colony of this kind... I would therefore like to know what I am doing wrong here so that I can have the colony expanded considerably next year.
I keep the colony in a classic test tube setup± two large test tubes. One of them has a water tank, the other is completely dry. Both tubes are not obscured. Colony lives mostly in the dry tube with around hundred workers.
I feed them every week two buffalo worms and sometimes a few crickets. I give them honey and sugerwater as a sugar source.
Thank you for helping!
Edited by Miel, August 29 2023 - 12:41 PM.