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How Should I move My Solonopsis molesta?

solonopsis fire ants colony test tube moving re-housing

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#1 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 21 2024 - 2:52 PM

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I have a fairly large Solonopsis colony, and I would like to move them to a new clean test tube. But the thing is that I don’t know how. Forcefully moving them into a new test tube by aggressively tapping on the end could cause a leak due to the mold (had it happen before to my Camponotus when moving them into a new test tube a year ago)or injure the care takers and scouts, which I cannot afford after many months of hard work. Any suggestions? Also looking for an easy way to make a liquid protein source at home for my small colonies (like my Solonopsis). Just thought I might add that in.

Keeping:

3x - S. molesta 

1x - C. chromaiodes

2x - F. pallidefulva

2x - C. cerasi

1x - B. depilis

2x P. imparis (colonies) 3x P. imparis queens (1x queen in test tube, 3x queens in test tube, and 6x queens in another test tube. Can't wait to see the results!)

 

Check out my C. chromaiodes journal here: https://www.formicul...aiodes-journal/


#2 Offline ReignofRage - Posted February 21 2024 - 3:58 PM

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If they're large enough, it would be easiest to do a tub and tubes setup or to move them into a formicarium.


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#3 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted February 21 2024 - 4:39 PM

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Cool down the original test tube while heating the nest you want the ants to move into. Shining some light onto the old nest while gently tapping it should bother the ants enough so that they will move into the nest once discovered.


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Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

 


#4 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 22 2024 - 4:59 AM

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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. Now what about the brood? How should I move them, because they’re very small. Should I use a wet Q-tip and move the brood in the new test tube like that?

Keeping:

3x - S. molesta 

1x - C. chromaiodes

2x - F. pallidefulva

2x - C. cerasi

1x - B. depilis

2x P. imparis (colonies) 3x P. imparis queens (1x queen in test tube, 3x queens in test tube, and 6x queens in another test tube. Can't wait to see the results!)

 

Check out my C. chromaiodes journal here: https://www.formicul...aiodes-journal/






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