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Formica Colony Help

Post: # 51806Post MrSmiley
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:05 pm

I have had a small formica colony (3 workers) for a while and in the last couple of weeks they have come to a kind of stand still. They have not laid any eggs and do not seem to be eating much. I feed them every 5 days (A drop of honey and a small piece of lunch meat), and replace their water every seven and I don't disturb them except those times. I think they may be starting to hibernate but it seems a bit early for that. I you have any questions please ask me and I will try to respond as soon as I can. Thanks.

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Re: Formica Colony Help

Post: # 51824Post Boomdale
Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:30 am

In another post someone also said that Formica may be starting to hibernate. I am unsure if this species starts earlier than others or what. I am unsure if my colonies are still laying or not. I do not have any Formica to help you
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Re: Formica Colony Help

Post: # 51853Post TheRealAntMan
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:43 pm

MrSmiley wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:05 pm
I have had a small formica colony (3 workers) for a while and in the last couple of weeks they have come to a kind of stand still. They have not laid any eggs and do not seem to be eating much. I feed them every 5 days (A drop of honey and a small piece of lunch meat), and replace their water every seven and I don't disturb them except those times. I think they may be starting to hibernate but it seems a bit early for that. I you have any questions please ask me and I will try to respond as soon as I can. Thanks.
Your ants are likely preparing for hibernation. Formica don't overwinter their brood which explains the absence of brood.
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Re: Formica Colony Help

Post: # 51925Post Boomdale
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:09 pm

See! I didn’t know I knew but I knew! Ha!
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Re: Formica Colony Help

Post: # 51940Post AntsDakota
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:54 pm

That makes sense. If they don't keep brood, what's the point of wasting energy on brood that will die anyway?
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Re: Formica Colony Help

Post: # 52154Post MrSmiley
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:35 pm

Thank you for all the help. Do you have any tips about hibernating formica. (This is my second year hibernating and my first with this colony.)

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Re: Formica Colony Help

Post: # 52172Post AntsDakota
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:17 am

MrSmiley wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:35 pm
Thank you for all the help. Do you have any tips about hibernating formica. (This is my second year hibernating and my first with this colony.)
Keep them in the fridge at about 40-50 degrees.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Formica Colony Help

Post: # 52489Post MrSmiley
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:13 pm

How often should I feed them?

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Re: Formica Colony Help

Post: # 52790Post MrSmiley
Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:44 pm

When do they stop hibernating? Also, should I feed them while they are hibernating, and if so how often?

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