So I was out anting today and while turning over a few rocks, I found a Tetramorium claustral chamber. It was a very small colony, probably around 5-10 workers and no brood that I could see. I quickly caught the queen (but no workers, a bad move in retrospect) and brought her home to move into a test tube setup. Minutes after I moved her in, she started to clean the tip of her gaster, even while I was still holding it and looking at her, so I have high hopes for her. Anyway, because she had already begun a colony, she won't be able to fast for a month or so while founding her colony like a Tetramorium dealate normally would, so I will have to treat her like a semi-claustral queen. So how often should I feed her and what foods? Would just honey and protein jelly be good enough for now? Also, would disturbing her frequently have a serious effect on her laying eggs and starting a colony? I know this is a weird question seeing as Tetramorium are a fully claustral species, but if you have any suggestions or ideas please tell me. It would also be helpful if any of you have kept Tetramorium before and have any tips on these ants and what I should do once I get them past this difficult and strange founding process. Thank you in advance.
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