Help for a first time keeper

Questions from those who are just starting or considering getting into the ant keeping hobby. If you’re intimidated or confused by the in-depth posts of the other sections of this forum, feel free to post here, and we'll start from square one!

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UnrealSparks
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Re: Help for a first time keeper

Post: # 55072Post UnrealSparks
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:18 pm

If you live in a temperate region she should be indeed in hibernation, but just for making sure, do you know what species is she?

For the eggs don't worry, they can survive cold temperatures and will not develop during winter. For example I'm keeping many of my colonies at around 7*C right now, and they're doing absolutely fine. :)
Keeping the following species:

- Messor Barbarus
- Pheidole Pallidula
- Camponotus Barbaricus
- Lasius Niger
- Lasius Flavus
- Lasius Emarginatus

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UnrealSparks
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Re: Help for a first time keeper

Post: # 55085Post UnrealSparks
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:11 am

No problem! :)

You should keep her between 5-10 °C in a dark and quiet place. As long as there is water in the test tube you won't have to do anything else other than check on her every 2/3 weeks to see if she's doing fine, until spring comes.

If you have any other doubt just ask! ;)
Keeping the following species:

- Messor Barbarus
- Pheidole Pallidula
- Camponotus Barbaricus
- Lasius Niger
- Lasius Flavus
- Lasius Emarginatus

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