So, I don't know what to make of these ants.
For the past 2 weeks, they basically just sit in their test tubes sleeping. With almost 0 workers outside the tubes awake doing anything. I had 2 seperate containers, with 2 queens in each, with 2 test tubes in each (just incase something happened to one, they had somewhere to move to).
Now these guys can climb! I was using Olive oil, as that is all I had in the house, but as much as a tried, these ants are tiny and would get caught, trapped and die in the most tiniest of pools. Even small drips on the vertical sides would get them.
I then got some vaseline, and made a huge 1 inch band around the top of the container. They didn't care and just walk straight over it. So placed another inch band around the lid, drilled a ring of 2mm holes around that. Some still escaped! Clinging onto the vaseline upside down, and out of the holes.
Now these closed lids, they had no good ventilation. So I would periodically open them during the day and as they didn't really wonder around it wasn't a problem. But after 2 weeks of this, they still arn't moving round. Last weekend I noticed an ant nest in the concrete out the back of the house I believe they are Monomorium Antarticum. But havn't grabbed a worker to check yet. So with them now awake from hibernation, I was getting really suspicious of my ants.
I had a feeling, that because of the closed nature of the containers, and they have been tugging at the wet cotton wool plug at one end of the test tube. That the saturation of pheromones made them think they are just in one giant nest so therefore there is nowhere to forage to? I'm not sure, but maybe this makes sense.
Today I finally got some time to go out and grab some talcum powder, rubbing alcohol and a new container. Brushed a large 1 inch band of the mixture around the top, placed all test tubes and all the ants into the new container. They still don't seem to care for food. Either honey or an egg/water/honey/gelatin mix I made.
I have ordered some live mealworms, so they should be here in the next couple of days. Their doesn't seem to be much bugs apart from woodlouse/slaters in the back yard, and they don't seem to care for them.
Any general tips/advice?