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TippyDisc911
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Post: # 31482Post TippyDisc911
Sun Sep 17, 2017 10:57 am

Hey during the end of October I am going on vacation for a week! I have a Formica subsericea colony with a small amount of workers. What should I do if I need to feed them?

Second: does the queen need honey or sugarwater... I know the workers do but what about the queen?
Keeping:
Formica subsericea: 1 worker
Tetramourium sp. e: (soon to be colony)
solenopsis molesta: (soon to be colony)

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Batspiderfish
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Re: 2 questions

Post: # 31486Post Batspiderfish
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:27 am

Workers disperse food throughout the colony, so feeding workers == feeding the queen. Assuming there is no brood left, you may even be able to stick the colony into the fridge for hibernation. Formica do not keep brood over the winter, so the colony will not be doing much until next spring. Either way, ants can endure for quite a while without food.
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