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Questions about Messor Barbarus

Post: # 55054Post ChipyMC
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:00 am

I have bought both a Messor Barbarus queen ant online (there was no GAN farmers nearby) and the ant farm below: Image
(most probably getting a new one though, as parts did fall of and parts where my ants can escape :/)
1. I've tried to do research but different websites have given me lots of different answers, I'm confused about how many workers should I wait to hatch in the test tube until i let them out into the ant farm?
2. What time of the year is the hibernation?
3. If my ants do nuptial flight, which apparently most likely won't happen, what should i do, I'd like to be prepared
4. Is a heat mat fine for keeping them warm, I live in the UK and it can get cold.
5. should i fill the farm outdoor area with sand or soil, if so, how much?
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Re: Questions about Messor Barbarus

Post: # 55060Post Hunter36o
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:20 am

I have that exact nest. The blue sponge is practically useless, I did a few days test with no ants and the sponge grew mold in a matter of days so I assume it's either the material or the shipping that causes this, I suggest replacing with a thick clump of cotton as this works for me.

These set ups are massive compared to ants so I would not even suggest using this one as the first nest after the test tube.
Wait until you have at least 20 workers before moving to your first nest.

Best of luck and happy new year :D
Officially caring for 5 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

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1x Myrmica Rubra with one worker

3 Lasius Niger colonies will be on sale AFTER hibernation.

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Re: Questions about Messor Barbarus

Post: # 55068Post ChipyMC
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:09 am

thank you and happy new year :)
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Re: Questions about Messor Barbarus

Post: # 55069Post ChipyMC
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:31 am

6. how do i kill the crickets before they're placed in the ant farm
7. how often should i refill the water thing as messor barbarus live in dry areas
8. If you can recommend a cheap but still good ant farm for starting my colony that would be great (I will still be looking tho)
9. plz say if there is anything else i should know about messor barbarus
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