Well it’s getting cold here in Ontario, Canada.
I definitely see 13, maybe 14 workers.
There are quite a few larvae at different instar stages that don’t seem to be developing further. They are refusing most of the protein but dragged a fly into the nesting tube the other day, however, don’t seem to be consuming it.
They are already loading their gasters full of water and sugar water that will sustain them over the winter.
Time to start planning and preparing them for their diapause.
I will be pulling the heat gradually over the next week to help lower their temperature and prep them for their diapause.
I have a wine cooler fridge set to the warmest temperature I can. I have been actively monitoring the temperature all summer/fall and seems to be holding at 8-10 degrees C. It’s definitely not dropping under 5 degrees C. Hopefully they do well with that.
This is the nerve-racking part for me since I have never made it further than this point in my past ant keeping attempts (mostly because of my ignorance and I’m feeling more confident because of what I have learned since). They have done so well to this point and it would be very unfortunate to loose them over the winter.