Messor Barabarus hibernation

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Messor Barabarus hibernation

Post: # 55053Post Melrond
Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:34 am

My colony of Messor Barbarus is preparing now to hibernation. The are keeping some seeds in the nest and I do not know if keeping them during hibernation is OK.
Please help!

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Re: Messor Barabarus hibernation

Post: # 55061Post ClashOwenBash
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:34 am

Its fine.
Ants starting to wake up...

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Re: Messor Barabarus hibernation

Post: # 55065Post AntsLuxembourg
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:26 am

It's pretty odd to have the colony go into hibernation this late. But you should keep them at about 16-18 degrees. I don't know if they are doing fine inside the fridge or not. Sadly I probably won't be able to test this since I don't have an infinite amount of messor barbarus colonies at my disposial. :C

I could test it with some workers of an old colony but I cannot promis anything. :/
Doing some proper research is the best way to start an antcolony. After the research you can still go and fetsh a colony from one of your local GAN-Farmers.

Founding colonies:
10 - Lasius Niger Colony
1 - Messor Barbarus

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