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by yaktriangle
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Ants won't leave moldy test tube
Replies: 27
Views: 2273

Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

Hunter36o wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:18 am
[snip] ... the queen is more so a slave to her own children. In some species this can be seen a lot more then others.
In particular the Human species!! :D

In all seriousness, many thanks for your informative posts. Really interesting stuff.

Cheers. :)
by yaktriangle
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Noob hibernation questions
Replies: 8
Views: 901

Re: Noob hibernation questions

Awesome. The water is pretty full so hopefully will be fine. For the record, we have left the test tube connected to the portal and have inserted the whole lot inside a dark sock to prevent the fridge light from disturbing the little blighters too much. Ants doing "dying fly" impressions (on their b...
by yaktriangle
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Ants won't leave moldy test tube
Replies: 27
Views: 2273

Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

UnrealSparks wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:39 am
Ants can be very stubborn at times :lol:
That happened to me so many times, don't worry.
Good luck for hibernation by the way! :)
LOL. Many thanks for all your advice and support so far. Really appreciated. :)
by yaktriangle
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Noob hibernation questions
Replies: 8
Views: 901

Re: Noob hibernation questions

UnrealSparks wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:07 am
Yes, 14 °C is still not low enough. With the fridge at least you know the temperature will stay constant throughout the winter.
My thoughts exactly.

I assume it's okay to take them out once in awhile just to check on their wellbeing?!
by yaktriangle
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Noob hibernation questions
Replies: 8
Views: 901

Re: Noob hibernation questions

So after spending some time measuring temps it looks like our loft space won't be cool enough - it measured around 14 degrees C. We have two fridges and both of those sit at around 4 degrees. So I think a fridge is our only option as we don't have anywhere else that's cool enough that doesn't also r...
by yaktriangle
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Ants won't leave moldy test tube
Replies: 27
Views: 2273

Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

Our ants moved to the entrance end of the tube yesterday and we also saw them tugging at the queen to get her to move. We had put a light close to the tube to encourage them out so I guess they were feeling uncomfortable with that. Interestingly, when we removed the light, they all moved back next t...
by yaktriangle
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Noob hibernation questions
Replies: 8
Views: 901

Re: Noob hibernation questions

Many thanks for the advice guys. :) We have a loft space which gets pretty cold but won't freeze, although I'm not sure exactly how cold it gets ... I have a thermometer so may see how it's looking. The other alternative would be the fridge if the loft wasn't cold enough but we could go to the loft ...
by yaktriangle
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Noob hibernation questions
Replies: 8
Views: 901

Noob hibernation questions

Hi all. Firstly, I just wanted to say what a great community this is. I am very new here but have been met with a very friendly welcome to my noob questions so thank you for that. :) I have been reading about hibernation and think this is something my son's ants should be doing right now. We have a ...
by yaktriangle
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Ants won't leave moldy test tube
Replies: 27
Views: 2273

Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

That's very interesting. Thank you for the info ... I clearly have much to learn! :P
by yaktriangle
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Ants won't leave moldy test tube
Replies: 27
Views: 2273

Re: Ants won't leave moldy test tube

I've always seen workers starting to move, taking out the brood first. It happened to me to witness even them forcing the queen in the move by pulling her from the antennae, so cute! :D That's cool ... didn't realise they did that. DO you reckon sugar-water would help entice them out of the old tub...