Leaving My Ants Alone For Hibernation..

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Re: Leaving My Ants Alone For Hibernation..

Post: # 33082Post idahoantgirl
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:37 pm

antsRlife wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:32 pm
19-15 degree area, maybe like a fridge
celsius or Fahrenheit?
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

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Re: Leaving My Ants Alone For Hibernation..

Post: # 33103Post AntViking
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:47 pm

If you leave them outside it really depends on what region you're from and the species. For instance I live far north. It can get around -25 - -30 F at night for a common temp in Jan.. even colder on ocassional nights. No way are any of my ants surviving that outside or even in garage. (Box or not).

Also in my (personal) observations, some ant species can withstand colder temps for longer then others. (My camponotus seem to have fewer dead after their hibernation then most others)

My best adice is to put your fridge on warmest setting. Wrap their tube (if they still live in one) in paper towels too keep light from bothering them and leave them in back of fridge for a good 3-5 months (region depending)

Hope this helps. Again not a professional. Just hobbyist.

Have fun and Ant on!

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Re: Leaving My Ants Alone For Hibernation..

Post: # 33114Post antsRlife
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:23 pm

culcius
founding queens:
x2 componotus consobrinus
x5+ Linepithema humile
x1 unknown queen (either phiodole or camponotus)

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