Ants not eating, but are still alive?

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TbugTheAntMan
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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65385Post TbugTheAntMan
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:10 am

Well, it’s been in the 80 F range for a while now, and the absolutely HUGE super colony of ants at my school show no sign of slowing down.

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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65386Post ArizonanAnts
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:43 am

Hello!

How many ants does your colony have? Also since your school has a bigger colony that might affect productivity in winter because they have more workers to support the queen.
Keeper of
1 Forelius Pruinosus
Queen Name: Azucar Forelia
Founding Stage - 3 Workers, 0 Pupae, 1 Larvae, 0 Eggs.

They are not doing well at all.

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Hawkeye
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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65388Post Hawkeye
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:09 pm

TbugTheAntMan wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:10 am
Well, it’s been in the 80 F range for a while now, and the absolutely HUGE super colony of ants at my school show no sign of slowing down.
Larger colonies need to perform far more work to gather a big enough food reserve to get them through hibernation. That might explain their activities.

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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65390Post TbugTheAntMan
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:08 pm

ArizonanAnts wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:43 am
Hello!

How many ants does your colony have? Also since your school has a bigger colony that might affect productivity in winter because they have more workers to support the queen.
Just counted, five workers. No brood, haven’t seen any for a while.

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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65403Post ArizonanAnts
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:04 am

Hmmmmmm... Lol I was going to say if you have fed your ants but... look at the title of this forum :lol: . Have you tried placing some heat around the tube? That might activate them. If you do just make sure that they don't overheat.
Keeper of
1 Forelius Pruinosus
Queen Name: Azucar Forelia
Founding Stage - 3 Workers, 0 Pupae, 1 Larvae, 0 Eggs.

They are not doing well at all.

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TbugTheAntMan
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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65404Post TbugTheAntMan
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:12 am

Well, I don’t have anything I can think of that will do that.

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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65407Post Hawkeye
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:26 am

TbugTheAntMan wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:12 am
Well, I don’t have anything I can think of that will do that.
You can buy heating mats for example? They probably have them at your local pet shop

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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65420Post TbugTheAntMan
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:41 pm

I’m flat broke. And I don’t know if my parents will buy that.

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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65423Post Hawkeye
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:53 am

TbugTheAntMan wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:41 pm
I’m flat broke. And I don’t know if my parents will buy that.
Well place them near a radiator or a heat source?

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Re: Ants not eating, but are still alive?

Post: # 65432Post LasiusSapien
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:08 am

TbugTheAntMan wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:41 pm
I’m flat broke. And I don’t know if my parents will buy that.
friend of mine uses his router/hub to warm a few of his insect enclosures also as for heat mats you can pick up a small 5w one for about a fiver on amazon
1x Lasius Niger - early forging stage - 60-100 workers
1x Messor Barbarus - founding stage - <20 workers
1x Camponotus Turkestanus - claustral stage - 1 nanitic + brood
1x Odontoponera Transversa - semi-claustral stage - no eggs

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